Unforgettable Turks & Caicos vacation memories start with an Island Roots private charter

The Captain

Philip 'Flex' Wiliiams is a native Turks and Caicos Islander with the best job in the world - being able to spend every day out on the water sharing the beautiful Turks and Caicos with visitors from around the world.

The Boat

La Familia is a 28' powerboat powered by two 225hp Yamaha engines. Built by Stamas - America's oldest family-owned boat manufacturer - La Familia is fast yet stable for passenger comfort and includes an onboard bathroom.

The Location

Explore the fabulous north coast between Providenciales and North Caicos. This area offers something for everyone, including the iguanas on Little Water Cay, snorkeling around Fort George Cay, multiple shallow reefs teeming for fish, small cays with perfect for beachcombing and the deep sea just offshore for fishing.

Plan Your Day
Choose Trip Length

Half Day

$1395.99 + tax

Depart: 9am or 1:30pm

Duration: about 4 hours

Full-Day

$2195.99 + tax

Depart: around 9am

Duration: about 8 hours

Choose Activities
Half-day charters have time for up to three activities, full-days up to five.
Fishing equipment and bait included.

Deep-Sea Fishing

Try your luck for Big Game fish like Marlin, Wahoo, Swordfish and more in the open waters past the barrier reef.

Reef Fishing

Fish around the reefs and sandy bottoms in the shallow waters inside the barrier reef. Catch Snapper, Grouper, Grunts and more.

Deep-Drop Fishing

Like reef fishing but much deeper and past the barrier reef. Long line fishing for Snapper, Grouper and Swordfish at depths of 500 to 1500 feet.

Snorkeling

Explore the shallow reefs and waters around Fort George Cay. Snorkel gear provided.

Beachcombing

Be the only guests on a small uninhabited cay. Look for shells, swim or just relax - it's up to you!

Little Water Cay

Visit the endangered Rock Iguanas. One of the smallest iguana species, these tiny dragons are only found in the Turks and Caicos.

Crusing

Relax on the luxuriously padded seating in the shade and enjoy our complementary rum punch.

Beach Lunch

Full day charter only

You'll sure to have worked up an appetite after a fun-filled morning. Enjoy a delicious lunch under the shade of the Casuarina trees - no reservations required!

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Things to Know

What to bring

We suggest bringing the following:

  • Sunscreen
  • Towels
  • A camera

Our charters include:

  • Soft drinks, botteled water and rum punch
  • Fishing equipment and bait (when fishing)
  • Snorkeling equipment

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 48 hours, you'll get a full refund. Between 48 and 24 hours, a 50% refund. Within 24 hours, no refund.

Weather conditions sometimes prevent sailing. If this occurs, we will contact you to reschedule to a new date or give you a full refund.

Location

We are based at Blue Haven Marina in Leeward, about a 10 minute drive from Grace Bay. View location on Google Maps.

If you are staying at a villa in Leeward with a dock, we may be able to pick you up! Contact us for more information.

Types of fishing
Looking to catch dinner or a fight with a big fish? With a private charter, you get to choose where we go!

Bottom fishing

Best for: fun fishing for everyone

Bottom fishing, or reef fishing, is when we fish around the many reef heads located in the shallow waters on the Caicos bank. It's fun for everyone and is a great introduction to fishing for children or less experienced anglers (although no experience is required for the other types of fishing) as the fish tend to be smaller. It's also action packed too as the reefs are full of fish and start biting quickly.

Reef fishing is also a great way to catch dinner as it is where we often find the Turks and Caicos's most delicious fish including grouper, snapper and many other tasty varieties. If we catch a small shark or any other fish we won't be eating, we'll toss them back into the sea.

Deep drop fishing

Best for: bigger thrills and catching dinner

Just like bottom fishing, deep dropping is when we fish around coral heads. However, instead of being in shallow 15' to 40' waters, with deep dropping we go to the outside of the barrier reef where the waters are much deeper and use long lines to drop the bait down 300' to 1500'. The fish that live here are similar to the shallower areas but tend to be bigger.

Deep sea fishing

Best for: catching the biggest fish

The deep sea is where we find the so-called big-game fish - marlin, tuna, sailfish and many others. Because of the island's geography, the deep water is located only a short distance from our dock so you can start fishing just twenty minutes after departure.

Once we get the lines in the water, enjoy a brief period of calm while it lasts, because there will be an energetic fight as soon as a fish is caught. Sometimes we'll hook a fish only to have it devoured or cut in half by an even bigger fish!

Don't be intimidated by the "big game" name - our experienced crew ensures that everyone, no matter their fishing experience will have a great day.

Turks and Caicos fish
The warm waters and extensive coral surrounding the islands are home to many types of fish. Which ones will you catch?

Wahoo

October to March

Wahoo are delicious fish in the mackerel / tuna family. They have the familiar streamlined torpedo shape of mackerel but can be several feet long.

Mahi-Mahi

November to June

Mahi-mahi means "very strong" in Hawaiian and this perfectly describes the aggressive behaviour of this top big-game fish. It is a food fish that is often prepared by grilling.

Blackfin Tuna

July to October

This is one of the smallest species of tuna yet can still reach over three feet in length and about 45lbs. This is not a commercially fished variety (and not considered endangered), but is closely related to the popular food species so is an excellent eating fish.

Yellowfin Tuna

May to August

The Yellowfin is one of the larger tuna species with biggest weighing over 400lbs. This is a delicious fish and is one of the tuna varieties commercially fished around the world. In the TCI, it is more often caught in summer when the water temperatures entice it towards the bank from the open ocean.

Tarpon

May to August

Tarpons are non-edible but a great game fish with incredible fighting spirit. They are only found in the TCI for a short period over summer due to their migration behaviour.

Blue Marlin

May to August

One of the most iconic big game fish, the blue marlin is commonly found here in the TCI and is even featured on the coat-of-arms of the Bahamas, an archipelago which includes the TCI geographically if not politically. An edible fish similar to tuna and particularly valued by the Japanese for sashimi.

White Marlin

April to August

This variety is smaller than the Blue, it is visually very similar to a spearfish. Apart for the visual differences and smaller size, it is very similar in other respects to its larger cousin and is often caught interchangeably as they school in the TCI during the same season.

Sailfish

October to June

Another marlin family fish named for its much larger dorsal fin. Like the other marlins, this is an aggressive predator fish that migrates to the TCI during the summer to feed on the abundant fish living around the reefs.

Sharks

year-round

Several species of sharks inhabit the Turks and Caicos. The most likely ones to encounter during fishing are lemon and tiger sharks which occasionally will grab a fish you've hooked. Another common type are nurse sharks which are often seen when snorkeling hunting for molluscs and small fish - this docile species doesn't interfere with fishing or humans.

Cero Mackerel

year-round, best November to March

Cero, also known as pintado or kingfish, can be caught year-round in the TCI. It tends to be smaller than the other maceral family fish found here such as wahoo, but that doesn't mean you can catch it without a fight! It's also a delicious fish.

Horse-eye Jack

January to August

Horse-eye or big-eye jacks are a medium sized schooling fish. It is very common in the TCI and if you've been snorkeling here you've probably seen a few swimming around the reefs.

Grouper

November to April

One of the most famous tropical fish, groupers have a distinctive camo appearance unlike any other fish. This suits their hunting behaviour of drifting slowly until prey comes into reach. Groupers are found everywhere in the waters around the Turks and Caicos and are one of the most popular eating fish too.

Snapper

November to April

Snappers are one of the Turks and Caicos's top fish and are very popular due to their delicious flesh. Also known as red snapper due to its unique colouring, snappers can be found around the reef heads throughout the Caicos banks.

Triggerfish

November to March

The circular shape of triggerfish stands in stark contrast to the streamlined shapes of other fish and is suited to it's slow-moving feeding on the sea urchins and crustaceans that inhabit the reefs.

Barracuda

Year-around

The barracuda is a fearsome looking fish with its spikey teeth and is common throughout the TCI. Despite appearances, barracudas don't pose any threat to humans as they prefer smaller prey. A common catch and a common sight when snorkeling due to their abundance in these waters.

Crevalle Jack

February to August

The crevalle jack is related to the horse eye jack but can grow twice as large at up to about 70lbs, although most are much smaller. It is edible, but not the best eating fish compared to the others we have in our waters with somewhat coarse red flesh.

Permit

December to January

The permit is related to mackerel but has completely different appearance swapping the traditional streamlined mackerel shape for a circular body with bulbous head. It can be a tricky fish to catch so it is real achievement if you manage to do so!

Pompano

December to January

This fish is only found here for a brief period in winter during its migration from its summer habitat in the north and winter refuge in the south. A small fish with a thin, circular body, pompanos usually weight a few pounds with the largest on record just seven pounds. A delicious eating fish.

Other activities
Looking to catch dinner or a fight with a big fish? With a private charter, you get to choose where we go!

Snorkeling

Snorkel around vibrant reefs and shipwrecks accessible only by boat and rarely visited by humans. The crystal-clear waters between Providenciales and North Caicos are dotted with reef heads filled with a variety of fish and sea life. View the submerged cannons off of Fort George Cay, the site of an small 18th century fort but long since abandoned and reclaimed by nature. We provide complementary snorkel equipment or you can bring your own.

Beach lunch

You're sure to have worked up an appetite after a busy morning. Enjoy a delicious lunch right on the beach of a small uninhabited island.

This is only available for full day charters.

Crusing

Relax onboard our comfortable boat and enjoy our complementary rum punch as we cruise the sparkling waters.

Beachcombing

Walk the sands of a beautiful small island and browse for seashells and interesting flotsam

Map
The unique geography of the Turks and Caicos and our base in Leeward means you're just minutes from your chosen activities.

Thanks to the unique geography of the Turks and Caicos, you have a choice of interesting areas to visit depending on the activities you choose. All are only minutes from our dock in Leeward.

The islands are located on a vast plateau of shallow waters - the Caicos banks - bordered in most places by a barrier reef. The bank extends less than a mile from Grace Bay and the rest of the northern shore, but stretches for miles in the south. The difference in water depths is easily visible from the plane when you arrive.

As we leave our dock, we'll be in the shallow bank waters where the water is only fifteen to forty feet deep and much less in some places. This area is full of reef heads for fishing and snorkelling and has many small islands between Providenciales and the large island of North Caicos. These islands include the famous iguana island - Little Water Cay - and many others including the exclusive private hotel island of Parrot Cay and Pine Cay, a quiet residential island where cars are banned. If you choose to go beachcombing or a beach lunch, we'll stop at one of the tiny islands here. This is also the area we'd be cruising around if you choose this activity.

The barrier reef is junction between the shallow bank water and the abyss of the open ocean. In a very short distance, the depth goes from less than forty feet to thousands, creating an appearance that scuba divers call "the wall". We can snorkel here, and this is also we do deep drop fishing.

Past the reef in the deep water is where we can troll for big game fish.

Frequently Asked Questions
Question not answered here? Ask us!

How much experience is necessary for fishing?

None at all! Our expert crew ensures everyone from beginners to experts has a great day.

Is fishing gear and bait included?

Yes, we provide everything you need.

Does your boat have a bathroom?

Yes, La Familia has an on-board bathroom for your convenience.

Do you offer shared charters?

No, we specialise in private charters only. Your party will be the only guests aboard.

Are refreshments included?

Yes, complementary bottled water, soft drinks and our rum punch is included, along with gourmet sandwiches.

Full day charters have the option for a full beach bbq lunch.

How far are you from Grace Bay?

We are located at Blue Haven Marina in Leeward. This is about a 10 minute drive from Grace Bay resorts.

Is snorkel gear included?

Yes, we provide snorkel gear or you can bring your own. All shared equipment is carefully sanitised after each trip for your protection.

Why choose a private charter during your Turks and Caicos vacation?

With sparkling blue shallows, deep offshore waters and powdery white sand beaches, it's no mystery why the most popular things to do in Turks and Caicos revolve around the water. If you spend your vacation onshore on Grace Bay beach, you'll miss out on so much the islands have to offer.

Take a day trip from Providenciales and enjoy an action-packed adventure of island hopping, cruising, snorkeling and fishing. As we are a private boat charter operator, you choose the schedule so you'll never be bored waiting for others - everything's on your schedule!

Turks and Caicos geography

When you think of the Turks and Caicos, you'll probably thinking of the beaches. You may be surprised to learn that most of the country's territory is the huge Caicos bank, a large expanse of shallow water extending for many miles to the south of Providenciales. It is this bank that nourishes the conch and lobster that feature prominently in the country's flag, culture and menus. Coral reefs are located on the edge of the bank and grouped in reef heads throughout.

This unique geography gives you plenty of choices for your day trip from Providenciales. The reefs (and shipwrecks) offer great snorkeling and fishing for reef fish like Grouper. Out in the banks, you can troll fish for Snapper and the deep waters are where the big fish live. The small islands are perfect for beachcombing and lunch.

Snorkeling

If you love marine life, don't miss our snorkeling tour where we take you around the cays surrounding Provo to snorkel offshore reefs and shipwrecks. Because reefs almost completely surround the Turks and Caicos (forming one the largest barrier reefs in the world), these Caribbean waters are treacherous to seafarers who are unfamiliar with the area. According to the TCI National Museum, there have been over one thousand shipwrecks recorded, plus a few aircraft crashes.

During your luxury cruise, you'll often see the sharp coral heads just a few feet below the turquoise water and it's easy to imagine how hard it would have been to transverse back in the days of sail before modern navigation equipment. But don't worry during your trip - Island Roots is a native owned and operated private charter company so your crew has generational experience in the Turks and Caicos.

But these same coral outcroppings that are so dangerous to boats provide safe haven for a multitude of sea life including sea urchins, sponges, stingrays, endless fish and of course the coral itself. As the waters are so shallow, you'll able to see everything from the surface when snorkeling.

Beach excursions

One beach you'll definitely want to see during your trip is the famous iguana island of Little Water Cay. This protected refuge is the home of about two thousand inquisitive Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas (Cyclura carinata). These little dragons are one of the smallest iguana species and hang out on the beaches during the day and sleep at night in burrows they dig in the dunes. To protect these animals, a boardwalk has been constructed and now only the iguanas get to enjoy the beach sand on this island. However, as the Turks and Caicos has about one hundred named islands and cays, there's still 99% of the beaches left for people to visit!

Our day trips usually include a stop for a beach lunch at Dellis Cay or another small island. Dellis Cay, named after a Greek sponge diver who lived on the island in the 1880s, is forested with tall Casuarina trees and is the site of a failed luxury villa development project with the concrete hulks of the buildings being slowly reclaimed by nature. Nearby is Fort George Cay, which once had a small fort and was probably one of most boring postings in the British Army. Over the centuries, the soft limestone shores have eroded and today the only trace of the fort is cannons lying on the seabed a few feet below the surface - you can easily see them snorkeling or even from the boat.

Fishing charters

No discussion of things to do in the Turks and Caicos would be complete without mentioning fishing. Thanks to its geology, the Turks and Caicos is an exceptional saltwater fishing destination. Providenciales is surrounded by shallow banks which on the south side extend for miles and bordered by barrier reefs and reef heads dotted throughout the banks. Past the reefs are the abyssal depths where the water drops off from a few tens of feet deep to thousands. With these conditions, a wide choice of fishing is available and it is all a short distance from your hotel on Grace Bay.

On the banks, you can fish for Grouper, Red Snapper, Yellow Snapper, Grunts and other reef fish. We'll catch these fish by bottom dropping on a reef head or trolling. You can even enjoy your catch cooked up on a nearby beach. Past the barrier reef, you can angle for the big game fish like Marline, Wahoo and Tuna in the sea depths frequented by passing whales.

La Familia is a 28' v-hull powerboat that welcomes up to six passengers. It has lots of shade, well padded seating and an onboard restroom.

During your trip on either boat, you'll enjoy complementary rum punch, bottled water and soft drinks.

Customize your private charter

Because we only do private charters, we can mix and match activities to suit your wishes. Our "normal"" excursion leaves our base at Blue Haven Marina in Leeward and goes north along the coast past the islands of Water Cay, Little Water Cay, Pine Cay, Parrot Cay and the edge of North Caicos with a stop for snorkeling or fishing along the way and a stop for lunch on the beach.

When you book your cruise, we can plan to do more or less of a particular activity to focus on your favorites, such as having more of a snorkeling trip, more cruising, or more fishing. Another option to travel to a different part of the country. Instead of going north, we can travel along the southern coast of Providenciales towards West Caicos, or due south towards Frenchman's Cay.

Frenchman's Cay is a uniquely situated because unlike most of the Caicos islands - which are located on the northern edge of the Caicos banks - Frenchman's Cay is at the far southern corner, miles away from any other island. This isolation has made this island a haven for birds and nurse sharks congregate offshore to breed.

West Caicos is a much larger but also almost completely deserted. While a recent failed development exists at one end with a skeleton staff, the rest of the island has been deserted for decades. Visitors to this island can view the remains of Yankee Town complete with a steam tractor engine and a railway line, originally powered by donkeys, that pulled carts of sisal fiber from the fields across Lake Catherine, a saltwater lagoon in the center of the island. At the southern tip is the remains of a 1970s project complete with rusty construction equipment.

Each route has its own unique sights and we'll be happy to discuss the different locations so you can pick the right choice for your group. We look forward to hearing from you!