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Itinerary

Cruising Itineraries for our Full Service Marina

 

As a full service marina, Blue Haven Marina has compiled some sample cruising itineraries as suggestions on how to make the most of your time exploring the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

These 10, 7 and 5-day itineraries have been crafted using local knowledge of the region and by listening to captains’ recommendations. Of course some of the remote islands are so captivating you may wish to spend more than one night. All provisioning should be done on Providenciales, which our full service marina can assist with, as many of the islands suggested are uninhabited.

 

When visiting areas without a Large Vessel Anchoring Zone (LVAZ), please be careful to ensure you anchor on sandy bottom and not anywhere that might disturb the coral of these “Beautiful by Nature” islands.

 

We hope you find these itineraries useful – and please provide us with your feedback on how your cruise or charter went as we’re always looking to assist future marina guests with helpful advice.

 

10+ day Itinerary:
Start: Blue Haven Marina, Providenciales.
Day 2: Head to South Caicos, cruising around the north of the islands where the water is deeper. This is the longest passage of the 10 day itinerary taking you past many islands and cays and beautiful beaches. Spend the night on the southern end of the island, between South Caicos and Long Cay. While you are there, enjoy snorkeling, whale watching (January to April), beach BBQ’s, tour the historic village and have your chef prepare some of the plentiful lobster (in season), conch and fish from the fish co-op. There is a Large Vessel Anchoring Zone (LVAZ) inside Big Cut. Distance: 75 miles
Day 3: Head east to Grand Turk. This is the island capital of Turks and Caicos and is both the historic and financial center. The main heritage attraction is the National Museum and there are things to do in the cruise ship port as well as some great beaches to explore. The diving, fishing and snorkeling here is also well known. Take a short tender ride (1 mile or so) to Gibbs Cay where you can swim with the friendly stingrays right from the beach. There is an anchor zone at the southern end of Grand Turk. Distance: 22 miles
Day 4: Take the short passage to the historic and rustic island of Salt Cay. This is where time has stood still and you can still see the preserved sites from when salt raking and the salt trade was the islands’ biggest economy in the 1800s. Dive a 17th century British warship as well as watch the elegance of the humpback whale play in these pristine waters (Jan to April). There are plentiful bird watching opportunities including the famous Turks pink flamingoes often spotted. There is an anchor zone on the western side of the cay. Distance: 6.5 miles
Day 5: The next recommended destination stop is the uninhabited island of Big Sand Cay. This small island is a designated bird sanctuary and also great for snorkeling. Take a hick on this small Island to explore and then relax on some of the best beaches in the islands. The anchoring area is on the western side. Distance: 10 miles
Day 6: Head to French Cay for some of the best snorkeling and most spectacular diving in all of Turks and Caicos with many dive sites surrounding this small cay. It is also a peaceful sanctuary for migratory birds. This island is also uninhabited. Distance: 70 miles
Day 7: Set course for West Caicos where there are many excellent dive sites off the west coast and also several moorings. Dive the wall, which drops off some 7000 feet where large sea life is often seen. Topside depth range is between 40 to 90 feet allowing diving for a wide range of divers from beginners to experts. Note that anchoring is not permitted on the western side but there are two LVAZs – found on the east and northeast sides of West Caicos. Distance: 18 miles
Day 8: Make your way back towards Providenciales to Northwest Point where there is a LVAZ off Sam Bay. Book ahead for dinner reservations at Amanyara Resort and while your there why not have a spa treatment to relax the body. Watch the stunning sunset with a cocktail in hand. Distance: 14 miles
Day 9: Cruise gently into Grace Bay beach and enjoy the day anchored in the LVAZ. Various restaurants and day spas are littered along the Grace Bay beach. Take a walk along the number one beach in the Caribbean (as awarded by TripAdvisor). From here, day trips onto Providenciales can be arranged and these include horse back riding, paddle boarding, kite surfing, kayaking just to name a few. Distance: 12 miles.
Day 10: Arrive back at Blue Haven Marina for the end of the charter. Distance: 5 miles

(LVAZ = Large Vessel Anchoring Zone)

7-day Itinerary:
Start: Blue Haven Marina, Providenciales.
Day 2: At Fort George Cay you will find stunning beaches that go on for miles. Have the crew prepare a beach BBQ and enjoy the uninhabited cay. Cannons can be found in the shallow waters off the north east of this cay. Keep an eye out for JoJo the dolphin who has made this area his home and often swims up to vessels at anchor to play. LVAZ. Distance: 6.5 miles
Day 3: Grace Bay. Various restaurants and day spas are littered along the Grace Bay beach. Take a walk along the number one beach in the Caribbean (as awarded by TripAdvisor). From here, day trips onto Providenciales can be arranged including horse back riding, paddle boarding, kite surfing, kayaking just to name a few. LVAZ. Distance: 9 miles
Day 4: Northwest Point. Book ahead for dinner reservations at Amanyara Resort and while your there why not have a spa treatment to relax the body. Watch the stunning sunset with a cocktail in hand. LVAZ. Distance: 11 miles
Day 5: West Caicos – head to the south east end of the island where there are many excellent dive sites off the west coast and also several moorings. Dive the wall, which drops off some 7000 feet where large sea life is often seen. Topside depth range is between 40 to 90 feet allowing diving for a wide range of divers from beginners to experts. LVAZ. Distance: 16 miles
Day 6: West Caicos – north western edge (vessels up to 140ft can anchor inside the marina development). Use this stop to dive the northern sites this Island had to offer. Distance: 5 miles
Day 7: Grace Bay and back to Blue Haven Marina. Distance: 23 miles
5-day Itinerary:
Start: Blue Haven Marina, Providenciales.
Day 2: West Caicos – there are many excellent dive sites off the west coast and also several moorings. Dive the wall, which drops off some 7000 feet where large sea life is often seen. Topside depth range is between 40 to 90 feet allowing diving for a wide range of divers from beginners to experts. LVAZ. Distance: 23 miles
Day 3: Northwest Point – Book ahead for dinner reservations at Amanyara Resort and while your there why not have a spa treatment to relax the body. Watch the stunning sunset with a cocktail in hand. LVAZ. Distance: 14 miles
Day 4: Grace Bay – Various restaurants and day spas are littered along the Grace Bay beach. Take a walk along the number one beach in the Caribbean (as awarded by TripAdvisor). From here, day trips onto Providenciales can be arranged including horse back riding, paddle boarding, kite surfing, kayaking just to name a few. LVAZ. Distance: 12 miles
Day 5: Fort George – At Fort George Cay you will find stunning beaches that go on for miles. Have the crew prepare a beach BBQ and enjoy the uninhabited cay. Cannons can be found in the shallow waters off the north east of this cay. Keep an eye out for JoJo the dolphin that has made this area his home and often swims up to vessels at anchor to play. 7.5 miles and back to Blue Haven Marina. Distance: 6.5 miles