Check in for your flight to Salt Cay or Grand Turk (your choice) aboard Air Turks and Caicos or Caicos Express a half hour prior to your departure from Providenciales International Airport. Admire an aerial view of the Turks and Caicos islands and the aquamarine water before your short flight lands and you are transferred to a power catamaran.
A friendly, knowledgeable crew will guide your intimate group of less than 12 people on a 3- to 4- hour Turks and Caicos whale watching tour. Help your guides scan the horizon for signs of North Atlantic humpback whales as you cruise through the crystalline waters. Part of a 4000-animal herd that spend their winters around Grand Turk and Salt Cay, these animals announce themselves with blows, tail slaps, and breaches. The crew uses local knowledge, experience, technology and patience to locate and approach these gentle giants safely. The female humpback is the largest of the species at 40–45 feet (12–24 meters) and can be often seen with her calf — a baby than can weigh 1000 lbs (453 kilos) at birth. The male humpbacks are smaller than the females, measuring only 36–41 feet (11–12.5 meters) long. While spotting whales is very common in these waters, it is not guaranteed.
After you return from your whale watching trip, dig in to a delicious lunch provided by a local restaurant and have some leisure time to explore the island before hopping on your flight back to Provo. (See options below).
Option 1: Grand Turk
The Sandbar Restaurant, a typical Turks and Caicos beach bar, will provide a lunch selection of local seafood, ribs, chicken, or hamburgers. Sit by the clear blue water and have the option to purchase some local beer or rum punch. After you've finished your meal, lie on the beach, check out the Turks and Caicos National Museum or pick up some souvenirs.
Option 2: Salt Cay
Porter's Island Thyme is the epicenter of Caribbean fusion cuisine on tiny Salt Cay. Eat in the breezy dining room or relax with your food on the deck. Once lunch is over, explore the island's many pristine beaches or visit the colonial-style White House, a salt merchant's home and Salt Cay's oldest structure.