How to Get From One Island to Another in Turks & Caicos

How to Get From One Island to Another in Turks & Caicos
The Turks and Caicos islands are located in the Atlantic ocean, in close proximity to the Caribbean sea. The island chain is comprised of over 40 islands. Many of these islands--known as cays--are uninhabited, while eight major islands are populated with about 30,000 permanent residents. The Turks and Caicos have one of the largest coral reefs in the world, and this feature makes the island chain a premier skin and scuba diving destination. Over 200,000 visitors travel to the region annually, mostly to explore the islands, delve into classic Bermuda culture, or enjoy a wide array of sport fishing and diving. The best way to hop from one island to another in the Turks and Caicos is by boat, but you can also hop by plane.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Plan your island hopping itinerary prior to arrival at Turks and Caicos. The islands can take days to explore, and unless you have your own boat, you'll have to adhere to the schedule of island guides, and ferry services. Select the islands that you want to explore first, corresponding to the amount of time you plan to stay. Each island will generally take a day to explore thoroughly, and the reefs or lagoons around the islands may keep you a bit longer than you anticipate.
Step 2
Obtain a charter service or guided island tour service. The region is home to many outfitters for diving and fishing, and typically these outfitters also double as guides. You can rent private services if you wish for a bit more solitude while exploring the islands, or pay for a group tour. Select the outfitter that suits your travel itinerary best.
Step 3
Travel by air to individual islands, if your itinerary is short, or you won't be in the region for very long. The islands are only 10 to 20 minutes away by plane, and this is the fastest option if you're on a time restricted vacation. Two air services in the region that island hop are Global Airways and Air Turks & Caicos. These flights are available on the island of Providenciales, and fly to all eight major islands.

Tips & Warnings

 
Consult with your hotel concierge and ask for information on island hopping charters. The region is home to numerous outfitters, and the hotel may have their own service or can recommend one for you.
 
Consult with your hotel concierge and ask for information on island hopping charters. The region is home to numerous outfitters, and the hotel may have their own service or can recommend one for you.

Article Written By Jeremiah Blanchard

Jeremiah Blanchard has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in topics related to nature, the environment, conservation and philosophy. His work has appeared in activist columns on Socyberty and Authspot. Blanchard studied art at William Carey College and history at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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