Ecotourism: Things to Do While Enjoying Nature
Turks and Caicos is a radiantly beautiful island nation in the Caribbean, rich in natural vibrancy and outdoor allure. While it offers a luxurious range of accommodations and upscale dining opportunities, many guests travel to the islands specifically to experience the ecotourism. Whether you’re interested in rustic adventures free from the trappings of modern technology or a day trip out to sea to admire the marine life, you can do it all on an Eco-Tour in Turks and Caicos. Amazingly, more than one-third of Turks and Caicos has been set aside for preservation. In these areas where newelopment isn’t allowed, the result is an abundance of green travel opportunities. If you’re interested in visualizing things to do in Turks and Caicos, read on for information on some of the top Eco-Tours and imagine yourself exploring the awe-inspiring natural wonders.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tours (SUP)
Stand-up paddleboards are one of the hottest trends in beach destinations, but they are also an eco-friendly way to explore the marine realm. For the more active minded eco traveler, SUPs allow you to get deep into the mangroves and cruise around the cays on a stable buoyant platform. Adventure off the beaten path into the wilderness of tidal creeks and watch for dolphins and brightly colored birds. Guests will love the view of the ocean, the fun experience, and the inevitable core workout enjoyed on a paddleboard while out at sea in Turks and Caicos.
Turks and Caicos Nature and History Eco-Tour
For those of us fascinated by the culture and how life on Turks and Caicos used to be (before there were thousands of tourists on the islands each year), then you may be interested in a natural history Eco-Tour. These tours focus on the older natural remains on the islands. Check out the Heart of the Islands tour with Big Blue Unlimited to blend exploration, relaxation, and culture as you tour the historical Wades’ Green cotton plantation, a limestone cave system, and sample the native cuisine. Learn how salt was collected in centuries past, how homes were built, and how visitors from around the world can work to preserve the impressive natural history of Turks and Caicos.
Iguana Island (Little Water Cay)
Imagine stepping back in time to the dinosaur era on Iguana Island, where the critically endangered Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana live. You’ll find over 2,000 Rock Iguanas (about 2.5-feet long) inhabiting Little Water Cay and the island offers a network of boardwalks from which to observe the stunning creatures in their natural habitat. The island is only accessible via ten-minute boat ride and tours are available that explain these fascinating living remnants of prehistory. The sanctuary on Little Water Cay is a testament to Turks and Caicos’ dedication to preserving nature in its most pristine state, and it’s a must-see on your next vacation.
Turks and Caicos Bike Tours
One of the most eco-friendly ways to get around the islands of Turks and Caicos is on a bicycle. Instead of driving around in a vehicle, experience the freedom of two-wheels and the wind on your face as you take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the island’s vibrant nature. Some resorts offer complimentary bicycles and tours are available to take in scenic views and get to secret places cars can’t reach. Bike around the Flamingo Pond Nature Reserve, the breathtaking sunset views at Mudjin Harbor, or find your own secluded beach to soak up the Caribbean vibes with a picnic.
Experience the natural wonders and help preserve the delicate environment of Turks and Caicos. Consider embarking on one or more of these incredible Eco-Tours throughout the islands for a unique perspective on the stunning tropical destination. Check out our Hot Specials for discounts on some amazing resort packages or call to speak with one of our lovely destination experts for more details on things to do – and start planning your Turks and Caicos Eco-Tour adventure today.