Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

Balmoral in Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

Introduction to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

With sun-drenched beaches and clear, turquoise sea, Grand Turk is a haven for those wishing to swim or snorkel the reefs, or those who just want to sunbathe. Cockburn Town is the historic centre of the island, a sleepy place where donkeys still wander round the streets.

With sun-drenched beaches and a beautiful sea, Grand Turk is a haven for both swimmers and those who just want to sunbathe. Cockburn Town is the historic centre of the island, an unspoilt place where donkeys still wander round the streets. The heart of the town, along the waterfront, has buildings that are two centuries old, with bleached wood and limestone facades and gardens filled with fragrant bougainvillea.

The Turks & Caicos National Museum is housed in Guinep House, built with timbers salvaged from ships wrecked on the offshore reefs. The highlight is the remains of a Spanish sailing ship that sank in the shallow offshore waters sometime in the early 16th century. It was excavated in the 1980s and displays include artefacts used by the sailors. The museum also has exhibits about the islands’ ancient salt industry and the people who lived here before the time of Columbus.

Grand Turk is also home to some truly breathtaking natural wonders too and the Columbus Landfall National Park - which stretches along almost the entire length of the western side of the island - offers some of the island's finest beaches, largest corals and diverse fauna and flora.

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AQUA THRILL SEEKER (TOUR K)

  • Glide majestically through the turquoise waters on a Sea Doo® scooter
  • Watch as the crew dive for live conch, and perhaps sample a taste of this local delicacy
Activity Tour Beach Tour Boat Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 2 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Dive in to the clear blue waters on this aqua thrill-seeking adventure!

This unique aquatic experience begins at the pier, with a boat ride along the picturesque south end of Grand Turk, before you arrive at one of the best reef systems the island has to offer. Here you will have the opportunity to snorkel amongst a myriad of colourful fish and intricate corals.

Re-board your boat for a breathtaking ride to the white sands of a private island. Here, you will be introduced to your powerful underwater Sea Doo® scooter, which will allow you to glide majestically through the turquoise waters and back channels – experiencing an explosion of colours and marine life. Maybe you will be lucky enough to enjoy the calls of humpback whales or dolphins – an experience you’re sure to remember for a lifetime!

Your crew will dive for live conch and demonstrate the art of cleaning this local delicacy while you sink your toes into the warm, silky sands and sip a delicious punch. Channel your inner connoisseur as your guide offers you the opportunity of sampling the conch catch of the day.

Finish this legendary tour with a relaxed sail back to the Reef Shark Bar & Grill while ‘jamming’ to the rhythms of Caribbean music. Enjoy complimentary beach chairs on the longest white sand beach in Grand Turk. Return to the ship by shuttle, or at your leisure with an approximate 10-minute stroll along the beach – a perfect end to your day in Grand Turk.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The minimum age to participate in this tour is 6 years (10 years to use the Sea Doo® scooters) – all guests under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Guests participating in this tour must be comfortable swimming in water that is over their heads – for reference the depth of water at the snorkelling site will be approximately four to 15 feet (one and a quarter to four and a half metres) deep. It is recommended to come already wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothing, closed toe shoes with a good grip, and don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a towel and sunglasses. Snorkelling equipment and drinks (water and punch) are included, it is not advised to drink alcohol before swimming. Pregnant women and guests with respiratory or heart conditions are not permitted to take part in the activities on this tour. Time spent at the Reef Shark Bar and Grill is at your own discretion, however it is your responsibility to return to ship in good time for sailing. The bar is an approximate 10 minute walk to the port, alternatively a shuttle bus will run every 30 minutes. Lockers are available to rent at the Reef Shark Bar, these, along with any food and drinks purchased will be at your own expense.


Chukka Dune Buggy, Turks & Caicos

CHUKKA DUNE BUGGY (TOUR B)

  • Enjoy an exhilarating dune buggy experience
  • Admire the island from a unique perspective
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApprox 2 hours
LimitationVery Limited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

For the more adventurous at heart, climb behind the wheel of your very own customised dune buggy and discover the island of Grand Turk.

Following a short orientation and safety briefing, don your helmet for the drive of a lifetime ‘Grand Turk Style’. Head off down the narrow tracks that skirt the beach and rocky coastline around the south east side of the island. Take a trek to the Bluff where you can capture a beautiful view of Gibb’s Cay and the other Turks islands.

Back in your buggies, you drive to the John Glenn’s Capsule, located at the entrance to the international airport. Pass the many salinas that were used to obtain salt from its natural form. Keep your eyes peeled as you may catch a glimpse of the famous endangered pink flamingos which can be seen foraging through the silted bottom of the salina ponds in search of brine shrimp and other crustaceans indigenous to the area.

A brief stop will be made in the charming little city of Cockburn Town, which is the administrative and political capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands. After catching a quick look at the capital, you make your way to North Wells, which has become home to many wild horses that roam free on the island. Journey along the North Creek, a ship’s haven during hurricanes, to the northernmost tip of the island.

From here you can enjoy the views from the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean, and embark on a short nature walk before rejoining your buggies for your return journey.

End your tour at the Reef Shark Bar & Grill, where a complimentary beach chair awaits. Situated on one of the longest white sand beaches in Grand Turk, relax and soak up the Caribbean sun or take a refreshing dip in the clear blue waters. Food, drinks and lockers are available (at your own expense).

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016/2017 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests wishing to drive must be over the age of 18 and present a valid driver’s licence. We suggest you travel lightly with minimal hand baggage as you will get dirty. Each buggy can hold two guests; a stop will be made to allow both guests a chance at driving the buggy if required. The minimum age for participation is 12 years of age and the maximum weight is approximately 107 kilograms (17 stone) per person. Pregnant women and guests with neck or back injuries will not be permitted to take part in this tour. Closed toe shoes are essential.

Time spent at the Reef Shark Bar and Grill is at your own discretion, however it is your responsibility to return to ship in good time for sailing. The bar is a five minute walk to the port, alternatively a shuttle bus will run every 30 minutes.


Horse Back riding, Turks & Caicos

CHUKKA HORSEBACK RIDE & SWIM (TOUR D)

  • Experience a horseback journey with a difference, as you ride through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApprox 2 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Enjoy an experience of a lifetime as you take in an exhilarating horseback ride along the beach and in the Atlantic Ocean.

A short transfer along the coast to the other side of the island will see you passing Governor’s Beach, the local airport and one of Grand Turk’s natural salinas, which has been recently renovated to demonstrate to visitors how salt is obtained in its natural form.

You will also pass by the charming little city of Cockburn Town, the administrative and political capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, before you arrive at the Grand Turk Indigenous Horse Shelter.

Once paired with your horse, you will head out for a leisurely horseback ride along the beach. Admire the picturesque views of the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean whilst learning about the history of the catchment area that can be seen in the distance. Then it is time for your experience of a lifetime, as you ride bareback through the calm waters of the Atlantic - a fantastic way to spend your time on this beautiful Caribbean island!

All too soon you will begin your return journey, passing by North Creek, where many locals moor their boats. If you are lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the famous endangered pink flamingos whist they bask in the sun in the many salinas on the island.

End your tour at the Reef Shark Bar & Grill, where a complimentary beach chair awaits. Situated on one of the longest white sand beaches in Grand Turk, relax and soak up the Caribbean sun or take a refreshing dip in the clear blue waters. Food, drinks and lockers are available (at your own expense).

TOUR DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016/17 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests are advised to wear swimwear underneath casual clothing. Please wear aqua shoes or closed in footwear that you don’t mind getting wet. Do not forget your towel. The minimum age for participation is six years old. Guests do not need prior horse riding experience to take part in this tour. For your reference, toilet facilities will not be available during this tour. Time spent at the Reef Shark Bar and Grill is at your own discretion, however it is your responsibility to return to ship in good time for sailing. The bar is a five minute walk to the port, alternatively a shuttle bus will run every 30 minutes.


Coast to Coast, Grand Turk

COAST TO COAST GRAND TURK SAFARI (TOUR E)

  • Explore the island of Grand Turk in a unique open-air safari bus
  • Be sure to have your camera at hand to capture photos of the spectacular views
Boat Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox 2 hours
LimitationVery Limited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Travel by an open-air safari-style bus on an adventure that covers Grand Turk from north to south and east to west. Exploring both on and off-road will ensure you have a fantastic opportunity to admire the breathtaking views of Grand Turk and the Atlantic Ocean.

Explore the southern off roads and old salinas before heading along the west coast to historic Duke Street and Front Street, famous for its old Bermudian-style architecture, historic churches and old cannons. En route your guide will point out the famous 2,133-metre (7,000 foot) drop creating the Grand Turk Wall, famous to divers across the world.

Next, you head to Little Bluff and North Creek for a leisurely stroll along the beach. During your time here, you may wish to hunt for shells or explore amongst the mangroves; an important part of Grand Turk’s ecosystem.

Your next stop will be at the northern end of Grand Turk at the historic lighthouse – be sure to have your cameras to hand as the elevated views of the Atlantic are spectacular.

Continuing, you venture along the east coast for more dramatic views of the coastline and the picture perfect vistas of Gibbs Cay. The final leg of your adventure takes you right through the centre of Grand Turk, passing the salinas; a rich part of the island’s salt trading history.

TOUR DECRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016/17 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The order of sites visited may differ to that described. Guests must be agile enough to board the open-air safari buses independently, which will involve negotiating a step ladder with no handrails and approximately four steps. Whilst this tour involves a minimal amount of walking, guests will be required to negotiate steps at both stops. As you will be travelling off-road, parts of your journey may be bumpy; we therefore do not recommend this tour to guests with neck or back problems. The minimum age for participation on this tour is six years old. Please note that guests will be required to sign an insurance waiver in order to participate on this tour.


Stingray Encounter, Grand Turk

GIBB'S CAY BEACH & STINGRAY ENCOUNTER (TOUR C)

  • Relax and unwind at Gibb’s Cay
  • Go in search of the elusive stingray – a graceful creature which eloquently glides by the bay
Beach Tour Boat Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox 2 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Embark on a unique adventure, swimming with gentle stingrays at Gibb’s Cay.

A short boat journey will take you to the pristine island of Gibb’s Cay, where upon arrival you will be provided with snorkelling equipment and a safety briefing.

You will then have approximately 90 minutes to perhaps explore the coral reef close to the beach, which is home to a myriad of colourful tropical fish, or watch the crew demonstrate the art of conch cleaning, a local tradition and delicacy.

The highlight of your time here will be going in search of the elusive stingray – watch as one by one these graceful creatures approach the bay. With the assistance of the crew learn how to handle these beautiful sea creatures before sitting back and reflecting upon your day with a refreshment served on the white sandy beach!

End your tour at the Reef Shark Bar & Grill, where a complimentary beach chair awaits. Situated on one of the longest white sand beaches in Grand Turk, relax and soak up the Caribbean sun or take a refreshing dip in the clear blue waters. Food, drinks and lockers are available (at your own expense).

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016/17 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The time at Gibb’s Cay will be your own, should you not wish to snorkel or swim with the stingrays you can explore the island, but it is worth noting that this will involve walking on rough terrain with steep hills. Guests are advised to come wearing their swimming costume under casual clothes and don’t forget your towel. Guests must be agile enough to board the boat unaided. The minimum age for participation is five years old. Stingrays are wild animals and as such we cannot guarantee their presence. Please note that guests will be required to sign an insurance waiver in order to participate on this tour. Time spent at the Reef Shark Bar and Grill is at your own discretion, however it is your responsibility to return to ship in good time for sailing. The bar is a five minute walk to the port, alternatively a shuttle bus will run every 30 minutes.


 


Eagle, Grand Turks and Caicos

KAYAK & ECO SAFARI (TOUR F)

  • Paddle through the gentle waters of Turks and Caicos
  • Admire the charming landscape as you embark on an informative eco walk
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox 3 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Experience one of the Caribbean's most diverse and beautiful ecosystems during this memorable kayaking and eco walk in Grand Turk.

You begin with a scenic drive to the kayak launching point at North Creek. Upon arrival, your guide will provide you with safety and paddling instructions before you embark on your two-person, glass-bottomed kayaking adventure. Enjoy paddling through the gentle, shallow waters of the beautiful and tranquil mangroves. Along the way, your guide will provide you with interesting facts regarding the plant and animal life that inhabit the mangroves, as well as point out various plants and birds. As you explore the small coves, your guide will also explain the importance of the mangroves to the ecological system, and will answer questions about North Creek.

After the kayaking part of your tour, you will be taken on an eco adventure walk along the coastline. Here you will be able to hunt for seashells, keep your eyes peeled for birds, and take in the beautiful scenery.

TOUR DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016/2017 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is an active tour with approximately 90 minutes on the water in addition to the guided eco walk, therefore it is not recommended to guests with back and/or neck problems, or those with limited mobility. We suggest you come already wearing your swimming costume under casual clothing and do not forget a towel. Sturdy footwear and a change of clothes would be a handy addition to your bag. We cannot guarantee what flora or fauna may be seen.


Scenic Catamaran sail & snorkel

SCENIC CATAMARAN SAIL & SNORKEL (TOUR A)

  • Soak up the Caribbean atmosphere as your catamaran gently glides over the crystal clear waters
  • Spend time exploring the coral reef
  • Enjoy time at leisure to relax and unwind on a private beach
Boat Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox 3 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Spend time aboard a beautiful 23-metre (78-foot) catamaran, sailing by spectacular white sandy beaches before pausing to enjoy an excellent snorkelling opportunity.

With gentle trade winds, you will have a magical experience sailing through the crystal clear turquoise waters, which lap at the coast of Grand Turk, to a unique snorkelling reef. Here you will be invited to snorkel amongst the reef which is teeming with bright tropical fish – a snorkelling haven, yours to enjoy.

Continuing, you sail onto a private beach, where time at leisure will allow you to relax and unwind on the white sandy beach.

During your return journey along the northern coast of Grand Turk, enjoy a drink as you sit back and relax to the island music.

End your tour at the Reef Shark Bar & Grill, where a complimentary beach chair awaits. Situated on one of the longest white sand beaches in Grand Turk, relax and soak up the Caribbean sun or take a refreshing dip in the clear blue waters. Food, drinks and lockers are available (at your own expense).

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016/2017 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests must be at least six years of age to participate on this tour. We recommend you come wearing your swimsuit under casual clothes and do not forget a towel. In order to reach the beach guests will need to wade through waist-deep water. Alcoholic beverages will not be served until after the snorkelling stop. Time spent at the Reef Shark Bar and Grill is at your own discretion, however it is your responsibility to return to ship in good time for sailing. The bar is a five minute walk to the port, alternatively a shuttle bus will run every 30 minutes.


 


Segway Adventure

SEGWAY ADVENTURE (TOUR G)

  • Take a unique journey by Segway as you venture amongst the historic streets of Grand Turk
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 2 Hours
LimitationVery Limited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Venture off the beaten track and admire the sites of Grand Turk on the most unique mode of personal transportation today – a Segway!

A short transfer will take you to your starting point, the beautiful historic town of Grand Turk. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and given instructions on how to control your personal Segway – you are sure to be surprised how quickly you get the hang of it and how fun it is to ride!

Once you’ve mastered the Segway you will set out on your exploration of Grand Turk. En route, you can admire picturesque Duke and Front Streets, famous for the old Bermudian-style architecture, historic churches, old cannons and buildings made from old ships.                                  

As you are travelling by Segway, you will have the chance to venture into some of the smaller middle roads where regular tours cannot reach, to gain a sense of the heart and culture of the locals. For an added thrill you will have the opportunity to ride your Segway on the beautiful white beaches, where you can stop to admire the turquoise water. Throughout your tour, your guide will enlighten you with the rich history of the island at several stops including the salt ponds, where you will discover more about the salt raking days.

On your return, you will pass the Friendship Capsule, a replica of the original space capsule that splashed down off the coast of Grand Turk in 1962!

TOUR DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016/2017 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of compulsory walking; the only requirement to operate a Segway is a good balance and the ability to ride/stand on the Segway for approximately one hour. The minimum age for participation is 12 years and although there is no strict upper age limit, the suggested maximum age is 65 years. The maximum weight limit is approximately 127 kilograms (20 stone). Guests will be required to sign an insurance waiver prior to the start of this tour. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


Semi Sub Exploration, Grand Turk

SEMI SUB EXPLORATION (TOUR H)

  • Enjoy a truly memorable experience of a journey on a semi-submarine
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the vibrant and colourful tropical fish passing by!
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 1.5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Discover the unique underwater world of Grand Turk from the comfort of a semi-submarine!

Following a brief tender ride from shore, you will board the Oasis Yellow Semi-Submarine and enjoy a fascinating journey aboard. Your vessel will not submerge; instead you descend into the hull of this cruising underwater observatory, one and a half metres (five feet) below the surface of the water, to glimpse the fascinating underwater world through the large viewing windows.

Cruise up the west coast of Grand Turk, along rich coral reefs and the renowned 2,133-metre (7,000 foot) drop-off known as The Wall. Your experienced crew will provide a unique and informative commentary, pointing out the various species and marine life which inhabit the waters of Grand Turk. Some of the marine life you may encounter includes turtles, stingrays, groupers, sharks and many schooling Caribbean fish. A camera is a must, as your crew entices surrounding colourful fish into a feeding frenzy!

End your tour at the Reef Shark Bar & Grill, where a complimentary beach chair awaits. Situated on one of the longest white sand beaches in Grand Turk, relax and soak up the Caribbean sun or take a refreshing dip in the clear blue waters. Food, drinks and lockers are available (at your own expense).

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/2017 CARIBBEAN SEASON.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 300 metres (984 feet) of walking from the ship to the tour transport, and there are around nine steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. Comfortable flat shoes with good tread are recommended for transferring from the shuttle to the semi-submarine. What marine life may be seen is obviously unpredictable, as is the clarity of the water at the time of our call. This tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. Guests must be aged five years and over to participate on this tour. Time spent at the Reef Shark Bar and Grill is at your own discretion, however it is your responsibility to return to ship in good time for sailing. The bar is a five minute walk to the port, alternatively a shuttle bus will run every 30 minutes.


TOUR J - POWER SNORKELLING

  • Discover the enchanting underwater world with this high-tech spin on snorkelling!
Activity Tour
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Glide easily over stunning reefs and be amazed by the variety of tropical fish and coral on this unique underwater experience.

Following a short scenic drive through historical Grand Turk, you will arrive at one of the island’s most beautiful white sandy beaches.

Here, you will be given your snorkelling equipment and power snorkel unit, a handheld aqua motor that manoeuvres you through the water with ease. After a short safety briefing, board a small boat and head out to sea for a snorkelling experience of a lifetime!

Use your propulsion unit to move effortlessly through the warm, aquamarine waters that surround Grand Turk. Explore the reefs and admire the colourful marine life that inhabits them.

After approximately one hour, you will return to the beach for your journey back to your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Whilst this tour involves minimal walking, guests must be comfortable swimming in deep water;     and be able to hold a six-kilogram (15-pound) scooter. Guests suffering from heart problems, epilepsy, diabetes or asthma will not be permitted to participate in this activity. The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old. For reference, all guests will be required to sign a waiver form and disclose any medical conditions. You are advised to come already wearing your swimsuit underneath casual clothes, and don’t forget a towel and adequate sun protection. Toilets are available on the beach. We cannot guarantee any sightings of marine life, nor the clarity of the water at the time of your visit.


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