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About Grand Turk

Bursting with turn-of-the-century Caribbean charm, Grand Turk, the historic capital of the Turks and Caicos is best known for its sugary white shores, calm blue waters and rustic colonial charm. And at just six miles long, and just over a mile, wide this small but  perfectly formed island is easy to explore.

 

On your walk round Cockburn, Grand Turk's main town, take a turn down Duke and Font Street which are lined with 18th and 19th century landmarks which reflect the Bermudian architecture of the salt era. The nearby Turks and Caicos Museum discloses the rich cultural and natural diversity of the islands and tells the story of the Molasses Reef Wreck, the oldest European shipwreck discovered in the western hemisphere.

 

The surrounding seas offer a variety of dramatic and colourful underwater landscapes and snorkellers and scuba-divers will be spoilt for choice. From the seahorses and stingrays of Coral Garden Reef and Columbus Landfall National Park to the curves of McDonalds Arch and cliffs of the beautiful Black Forest.

 

Shore excursions in Grand Turk

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Best of Grand Turk and Beach

Activity lowShoppingFamily

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the main highlights and stunning scenery of Grand Turk, before relaxing on the beautiful idyllic white sands of Bajari Beach.

Grand Turk gained national attention in 1962 when the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, piloted by astronaut John Glenn, landed off its southeast shore. A replica of the spacecraft is now displayed at the entrance to the airport, where there will be a brief photo stop.

Your tour continues to the salt pans and past the St Thomas Parish Church into the main town of Cockburn. Cockburn is a historic town, dominated by 18th and 19th century Bermudian architecture and old street lamps. Your next stop is at a small street craft market where you can browse for great souvenirs, and take a short leisurely walk to get a closer look at a few of the towns more unique historic buildings, before travelling to the northern part of the island to admire the lighthouse of Breezy Brae.

To round off your trip, the last stop will be Bajari Beach. You’ll have around 1½ hours’ free time on this beautiful idyllic sandy beach to soak up the sun, swim in cool inviting sea, relax in the bar, stroll along the 2 mile stretch of beach or visit the souvenir shop.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by minibus and any walking is at passengers’ own discretion. The terrain is mostly flat with some uneven surfaces and narrow pathways. Sun loungers and snorkel equipment are available at an additional charge. US Dollars are accepted for purchases. There are toilet facilities available. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Beach/Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Best of Grand Turk and Beach

Body or Knee Boarding Flowrider

Activity medium

Duration: 1 hour

Experience the thrill of body or knee boarding on the Grand Turk Flowrider.

This Flowrider option is a fun and exciting way to try body and knee boarding and is suitable for beginners. The ride operates by sending a thin sheet of water at high speed up a pre-formed and cushioned platform.

Located at the cruise centre, you’ll take the short walk from the ship to the Flowrider, where you’ll check in at the reception and your ticket will be exchanged for a wristband. You’ll then be given a safety briefing and a short demonstration and lesson from the instructors before you take to the Flowrider.

You’ll enjoy round 30 minutes of ride time, rotating through the attraction several times, alongside 10-15 participants on each side of the ride. A complimentary certificate of participation will be offered at the end of your session.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. Pregnant women and children under the age of 10 may not participate. Participants must be at least 4 feet. Participants should be physically fit. The Flowrider is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions which may be affected by knee or body boarding. This is a very strenuous ride in fast and turbulent waters. Jewellery should be removed and left on board to avoid injury, damage and/or loss. Please remember a towel and sunscreen. Passengers must make their own way from the ship to the Flowrider check in.

Catamaran Sailaway, Snorkel and Beach

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Combine a delightful catamaran cruise with an opportunity to snorkel the surrounding waters of Grand Turk.

You’ll board the 78-foot catamaran at the pier, where you’ll be greeted by your friendly crew. The gentle trade winds will take you through the crystal clear waters from Grand Turk to the famous 7,000 foot deep sea wall. Here you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel the colourful surrounding coral reef. Look out for the many varieties of tropical fish that can be found in these waters.

Afterwards, it’s time to set sail once more and head to a private beach where you’ll anchor just off shore. You may wish to take a swim to the beach and relax on the sugary white sands or simply enjoy the sun on board the catamaran.

As you head back along the coast to Grand Turk, enjoy a refreshing rum punch or soft drink whilst listening to some rhythmic island tunes.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by catamaran. Children under the age of 8 may not participate. Snorkel equipment is included. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Depending on sea swells, an alternative anchorage may be used. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. All snorkelling participants must be competent swimmers. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Dune Buggy Adventure & Beach

Activity high

Duration: 2 hours

Discover Grand Turk by dune buggy and by bus on this fun-filled adventure!

After a quick safety and orientation briefing, you’ll don your helmets and climb aboard your self-drive dune buggy.

Manoeuver the scenic Hawk’s Nest looking out to the beautiful white sand beach and rocky coastline through the Caicos Pine trees. Head inland and meander past South Creek National Park along an abundance of mangroves and water canals. Continue through Conch Farm and the Quarry, before stopping at the English-built lighthouse, where you can enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of the island.

Next, discover Grand Turk’s best sights from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Learn about the history and processing of sea salt as you see the intricate Salinas and admire the beautiful architecture and antique buildings as you travel through the streets of Grand Turk.

Time permitting, you’ll have the option to get dropped off at the Reef Shark Bar & Beach for some beach time or return to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by Dune Buggy. This tour is sold ‘per buggy’ and each buggy can carry 2 passengers. The tour may operate in reverse, with the scenic bus drive first. Only 1 passenger in a party need book a ticket. The style of buggy used may vary and differ to the image shown. The minimum age for drivers is 18 years of age and a valid driving licence must be shown. The minimum age for a passenger is 13 years. There is a weight limit of 17 stone. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Participants should wear full-length trousers. Clothing may get dirty and damaged. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended, open-toed shoes must not be worn. It is recommended you wear sunscreen sunglasses and a hat, and to take a bottle of water. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Gibbs Cay, Stingray and Beach

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

This wonderful opportunity allows you to swim and snorkel with the graceful southern stingrays.

Take a breezy boat ride out to the beautiful and uninhabited island of Gibbs Cay. Upon arrival, your crew will provide you with snorkel equipment for you to explore the pristine waters. If you wish, you may explore the coral reef about 50 yards from the beach and get an close-up view with a myriad of tropical fish.

The highlight of your time here will no doubt be your encounter with the stingrays, who enjoy the warm shallow waters of the Cay. See these graceful creatures as they approach the small bay. Your crew will assist you in handling this fascinating species.

After swimming with the stingrays, relax with a refreshment on the white sand before for a leisurely cruise back to one of the longest white sand beaches in Grand Turk.

Enjoy some beach time at the Reef Shark Bar & Grill with a complimentary sun chair. Return to your ship by shuttle or at your leisure with a short walk along the beach.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. Children under 8 may not participate. Snorkel equipment is included and all participants must be competent swimmers. The stingrays are in the natural environment so sightings cannot always be guaranteed. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. There is a boat shuttle service back to the ship from the Reef Shark Bar & Grill approximately every 30 minutes. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. The tour may operate in reverse for some departures. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

 

A selection of cruises to Grand Turk

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