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

$1300 + tax

Depart: 9am or 1:30pm

Duration: about 4 hours

Full-Day

$2000 + tax

Depart: around 9am

Duration: about 8 hours

Choose Activities
Half-day charters have time for two activities, full-days have four. Both include a beach lunch.

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

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!

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.

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Custom trips: Interested in visiting Frenchman's Cay, East Caicos, or anywhere else in the Turks and Caicos? Contact us for a more information and a quote.
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.

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!