Turks and Caicos Boat Tour + Snorkeling
I have mentioned and even written a post on Caicos Catalyst a couple of years ago. Today, I am writing another. Why…because Caicos Catalyst is my favorite Turks and Caicos boat tour. We just returned from vacation in Turks and Caicos and went on another amazing trip with Mat and Morgan (Caicos Catalyst). They are the only boating charter we use now and every time we go out with them we are reminded why.
When I find something I like, I am going to stick with it. Caicos Catalyst is no different. The idea of trying someone new on the island sounds good, but then, what if you hate the new one and you wasted a perfectly good trip with someone else while knowing how great the other is. Anyway, my point, don’t fix what isn’t broken.
Caicos Catalyst, other than Grace Bay Beach, is our favorite activity on the island. We always ALWAYS look forward to going out with Mat. Every trip we take just continues to prove why Caicos Catalyst continues to be our favorite Turks and Caicos boat tour.
Half Day Cruise
We prefer to do the half day sunset cruise because you do not find many sunsets like those in Turks and Caicos. Also, we like to spend the morning at the beach. So, on the day of our trip, we get up and go to the beach. Then, about an hour and a half before we board, we drive on over to Blue Haven and have lunch at Salt Bar and Grill. We always get something light for lunch. I mean, a heavy lunch + me easily getting sea sick = bad idea. So, something light for lunch plus a Dramamine about an hour before the boat ride and I am good to go.
Blue Haven is a very pretty resort to walk around and look and see all of the boats. So, it is nice to have time eat and wonder around the resort while waiting to board.
On the way to Blue Haven a couple of weeks ago, our family (that was with us) was telling us this horrible story they read in the paper that morning about a girl in the Bahamas getting her arm bitten off by a shark. We all laughed but were like…eek…maybe this is not a good time to discuss sharks and people getting bitten…since we are about to hop on a boat and snorkel. You will see why this story is funny a little later on.
Anyway, after eating, wondering around, and all that good stuff…we board the boat.
Off We Go
This year was the first year that Morgan, Mat’s sister was co-captain. She was a pleasure to have on the boat and we like her just as much as Mat. Morgan is very personable and great to talk to. She is also very knowledgeable about Turks and Caicos – especially the iguanas which my husband’s niece loved!!
The first thing we did once we left the marina was head towards our snorkeling spot. Before reaching our snorkel spot, we stopped at Iguana Island and walked around for maybe 15 minutes and got back on the boat. After reaching the snorkeling spot, we put on our equipment and jumped on into the water. Morgan stayed on the boat and Mat went in with us.
We thought it was so funny that Mat and Morgan thought the water was cold in July. I am super cold always and it felt good to me. But, they made a good point…what is cold to me is even colder to them because they live in the Caribbean and are especially not use to cold. I did get cold after getting out of the water and wished I had brought a sweater. Anyway, back to the snorkeling.
This was the best snorkeling trip we have ever been on. I mean, this is the most we have ever seen while snorkeling. We saw tons of beautiful fish, a barracuda, a sea turtle, and……A SHARK!! Remember that story that was being told on our way to get on the boat…the one about the girl getting her arm bitten off…that is what ran through my mind when I first saw the shark about 5-7 feet in front of me…just sitting in the darker water like you see on TV.
My husband and I have always talked about what we would do if we saw a shark while in the water. I mean, I completely understand that sharks are in the ocean but it is one of those things where you just like to think about it and not really see it.
Well, I guess it was our time to see one. It is funny because I was swimming and in my own little wonderful world (I mean I was in Turks and Caicos) and then I thought I saw a shark and when I did a double take…there it was. Just sitting or whatever it is called when they are not moving. My heart started pounding..because…well that was the first time I had seen a shark in the wild. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I was terrified of seeing what I was seeing right in front of me, but at the same time…gosh it was amazing!! Looking back now, I am so glad I got to witness this.
Seeing this shark was scary, but also one of the highlights of our snorkel trip. They are really beautiful animals to see. The shark was not aggressive at all. Now, with all that being said, I still want to keep my distance and admire from afar.
After maybe a minute of not taking my eyes off of the shark, I came out of the water to tell someone that I saw a shark. Then, when I went back under, it was gone. I’ll be honest; I did a 360 in the water to make sure it was not like about to take my leg off. I then swam like crazy to my husband to tell him what I saw. Well, guess what, he and Mat had already been watching it and Mat actually got a great video of it for us.
Back to the Boat
Once we were finished snorkeling, we got back on the boat and had a fruit snack. It is crazy how hungry being in the water makes you. I’m pretty sure we all inhaled the fruit. From there, we just enjoyed the boat ride. We got off one other time and walked on a secluded beach. We found two old and empty conch shells which we gave to our family because we have several around our home.
We continued to cruise into the sunset and had another fabulous snack prepared by Morgan. Again, we basically inhaled it. Like I mentioned above, the sunsets in Turks and Caicos are amazing. God’s work is everywhere in Turks and Caicos. It is such an amazing and beautiful place.
My husband and I are always sad to see our boat trip end. We know that when we step off it will be awhile before we step back on for another trip. We always tell anyone we know that is going to Turks and Caicos to book Caicos Catalyst because they are the best Turks and Caicos boat tour. So far, everyone we have sent to them couldn’t agree more and always tell us how great of a time they had.
After getting off the boat we say our goodbyes and “hope to see you soons.” From there, we headed back to our room and got ready and went and had dinner at Cocovan for our first time (which was amazing) and went over to Coco Bistro for dessert.
Writing this post makes me sad because it makes me want to be in Turks and Caicos and on Caicos Catalyst RIGHT NOW. But, we have to wait until November.
So, if you are visiting Turks and Caicos– book a trip with Caicos Catalyst. You will not be disappointed. If you ever go once, you will agree that it is the best Turks and Caicos boat tour and you will want to go again and again.
Thanks to Caicos Catalyst for always making our trip GREAT!!