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Ferry Service                               Provo/North Caicos  - To Middle Caicos Causeway                  2009 Schedules

Exploration and Eco-tours

 

The Ultimate Adventures

The pristine coral reefs of Turks & Caicos offer a breathtaking experience with small darts of color as the fish wiggle gracefully in and out of weaving lacy fans and tubes of sponge. Snorkeling along an underwater trail, with signs and explanations, educates you about the coral types. The coral reefs of Turks & Caicos Islands are noteworthy for their health and growth, with coral heads near shore for your exploration, as well as snorkeling trips to the edge of the coral reefs that surround the Turks and Caicos Islands archipelago. Turks & Caicos is rated among the ten best Scuba Diving destinations worldwide. The walls of coral that drop deep into the ocean at the edge of the reefs surrounding the islands are amazing. You can safely and slowly drop deeper into the sea, while the coral formations grow in size, as do the fish , until you are a small quiet observer in their world. Turks & Caicos scuba diving excursions are available on Pine Cay, Providenciales, Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos, with qualified dive masters, safe equipment and sturdy boats. The local government has ensured that moorings are utilized to protect the reef so your Turks & Caicos diving pleasure can continue�.. Besides the magnificent corals, sponges and anemones, commonly seen creatures in The Turks and Caicos include; sea turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, mahi-mahi, barracuda, jacks, parrot fish, drums, Atlantic spadefish, short nosed batfish, grouper, snapper, grunts, squirrelfish, lobster, spider crabs, moray eels, octopuses, shellfish, reef sharks, bull sharks, whale sharks, hammerheads, humpback whales.

Middle Caicos Tours

Beginners Reef Snorkeling Trip

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO SNORKELING IN 5-8' OF WATER IN ATROPICAL NURSERY.

 

$ 30.00 PER PERSON

(4 person minimum)

REQUIRES 10-15 MINUTE BOAT RIDE

DEPARTS FROM EAGLES REST VILLA LANDING

 

                               Our Famous Lobster Hunts

 

THE ULTIMATE SEAHUNT WITH THE REWARDING EXPERIENCE OF FINE DINING !

 

 

$75.00 pp Snorkelers

$125.00pp Scuba Divers

( 2 tanks of air )

YOU DIVE, WE DIVE , YOU GET ALL YOU CATCH, HALF OF WHAT WE CATCH.

(4-6 HOURS)

DOES NOT INCLUDE $30.00 - 30 Day SPORTFISHING LICENSE

Lobster season is open

August 1st thru March 31st

Iguana Cay Adventures

Island Drop off

$125.00 per couple

Includes, Beach Chair,

Beach Umbrella

Beverages and Snacks

You set the time

Don't Worry-Be Happy

4-6 hours

Snorkeling and Beach BBQ

$250.00 per couple

Includes, Beach Chair,Umbrella

Fresh Catch Seafood Lunch:

Lobster, Conch, Fish

and Sandwiches, fruit salad

Rum Punch, and more..

6-7 hours

Snorkel all day, comb the beaches, Party or just kick back & enjoy the peace and serenity

 

 

 

Vine Point (Man O' War Bush) and Ocean Hole Nature Reserve

 

A major wetland site of international importance. The whole area is a particularly good example of coastal wetland habitat and one of the largest remaining natural areas in the wider Caribbean.

 

Man'O War Bush &

Middle Reserve Nature Tours

or

Blue Hole Snorkeling

$100.00 Per Person

 

 

 

NATURE TOURS LEAVE FROM FERRY LANDING AT BOTTLE CREEK ( 5-7 hrs)

 

 

 

It is comprised of inter-related marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems and the complex natural transitions between them. These habitats include coral reef, lagoon, beach, saltwater and freshwater ponds, shallow sand banks, saline creeks, mangroves, saltmarsh, mud flats, caves, pineyards and tropical dry dwarf forest. The Reserve provides shelter and nursery locations for numerous organisms including typical, rare and endemic species of plants, insects, reptiles, birds and fish.

The extensive mangroves and flats are important contributors of suspended material to nearby sand banks and coral reefs. The wetlands and shallow also provide protection for the dry land elevations against hurricane damage. The Reserve includes many interesting landscape features such as ponds (Mally Pond Slogh, Saw-grass Pond, three different Flamingo Ponds, Big Pond and Armstrong Pond), cays (Iguana Cay, Man O' War bush and others) and some beach, lagoon and coral reef areas. Parts of the channels between the large Islands are included as well as the unique Ocean Hole.

Plant communities include the seasonally flooded pineyards of Caribbean Pine (Pinus caribbea), mangroves, shrublands, several types of

 

saltmarsh and tropical dry dwarf forest.

The Reserve supports internationally important populations of wetland birds including the vulnerable West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arborea), Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis),

 

The nominate subspecies of the Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) and a large portion of the Cuban/Bahamian population of the West Indian Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber). Also present in significant numbers are the White Cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis), Black-Bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola cynosurae), Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), the Caribbean subspecies of Gull Billed Tern ( Sterna nilotica aranea) and 20% of the Americas breeding population of the uncommon Common Tern (Sterna hirundo). Of other birds, the following are endemic or of restricted range at the species or subspecies level; Cuban Crow (Corvus nasicus), Thick Billed Vireo (Vireo crassirostris), Greater Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla violacea) and the vulnerable Kirtland's Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii).

Other internationally important species occurring in the Reserve include the following Turks & Caicos Islands endemic species of lizards and snakes; the critically endangered Gecko (Aristelliger hechti), the Curly Tail (Leiocephalus psammodromus), the Caicos Dwarf Reef Gecko (Sphaerodactylus caicosensis) and the endemic snake, the Caicos Islands Trope Boa (Tropidophis greenwayi). In addition there are three further lizards and a snake that are endemic at the subspecific level; the Turks & Caicos Bark Anole (Anolis scriptus scriptus), the Turks & Caicos Rock Iguana (Cyclura carinata carinata)

 

, the Mabuya Skink (Mabuya mabouya sloanei) and the Pygmy Rainbow Boa (Epicrates chrysogaster chrysogaster).

The Reserve includes major undisturbed cave systems which are likely to be internationally important for endemic cave invertebrates and for bats. (Several Antillean endemic invertebrates in the genera Kaloketos, Bahalana and others have been found in caves in other parts of the Caicos Islands. For more information on these, visit the listing for Cottage Pond Reserve on the North Caicos page.) The caves may also have high archeological interest.

 

The marine potions of the Reserve are the largest area of the Caicos Banks that within the Protected Area System and contain some unique features. Man O'War Bush is the main nesting location in the Turks & Caicos for the Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens).

 

Ocean Hole, also cited within it's own Nature Reserve, is a 220 foot deep, quarter mile wide blue hole off the southern coast of Middle Caicos. Also included in the Reserve is an area of turtle nesting beach along the north shore of East Caicos. The Banks include sand, algae, coral rubble and patch reef habitat.These merge into the complex tidal creeks which are a regionally important foraging site for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas).These shallow water areas are also locally important for Bonefish (Alba vulpes).

 

 

Questions ???Call Dick Zebo at 239-777-7086

 

Daily & Weekly Boat Rentals

20' Aquasport

20' Grady White Cuddy Cabin

20' Striper

 

$350.00 Per Day (6-7 Hrs.) $250.00 Half Day (4 Hrs.)

MAXIMUM 4 PERSONS ( 20' Grady White ) INCLUDES GAS & OIL ( 15 GALS )

 

Questions ??? or for weekly rates and availability: Call Dick Zebo at 239-777-7086

 

17' center console $ 200.00 per day w/ 6 gal. gas

 

* SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED OF $200.00

 

 

 

CONCH BAR CAVES GUIDED TOUR

 

3 HOURS, $ 50.00 PER COUPLE

YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION

$30.00 PER COUPLE

ADD $15.00 PER ADDITIONAL PERSON

Fodor's Review:

These limestone caves have eerie underground lakes and milky-white stalactites and stalagmites. Archaeologists have discovered Lucayan Indian artifacts in the caves and the surrounding area. The caves are inhabited by some harmless bats. If you visit, don't worry -- they don't bother visitors. It's best to get a guide. If you tour the caves, be sure to wear sturdy shoes, not sandals.

 

 

HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING

SIGHT-SEEING TRIPS WITH THE HUMPBACKS DURING THEIR ANNUAL MIGRATION TO THEIR TRADITIONAL SPAWING GROUNDS 

 

SNORKELING & PHOTOGRAPHY

$125.00 pp

(2Person Minimum ) 4 hours

DECEMBER 15TH - APRIL 15TH ONLY

                           

 

 

 

A Whale of an encounter !

The first encounter was awesome. We had left Grand Turk enroute to Middle Caicos delivering our new 21' Chris Craft boat .We were trolling for anything that would have us. We had already hooked and landed 11 different species of fish from the tip of Phillips Reef to Drum Point, East Caicos. We were just a mile offshore of the reef when they first appeared. Three massive bodies rose to the crest of a 6 foot deep blue rolling sea and blew..... I would like to tell you that we shouted " Whale Ho " or something similar but all we could come up with was " Holy S--T.

I stood there on deck with fishing lines out, engine idled while the gentle giants rolled in the turquoise ocean, three abreast enroute to the Silver Shoals between the Turks & Caicos Islands and the Dominican Republic. They rose and blew. I am not sure I was even breathing. I was afraid to move for fear of losing my concentration on what was to be the first of many encounters with the gentle giants of the ocean, Humpback Whales....

I finally remembered we had the video camera aboard and reached for the case not taking my eyes off the spot where they had rose last. I fumbled with the camera and finally aimed for three bulbous heads as they gently broke thru the surface and blew a sheet of white mist some ten feet in air. This was not National Geographic or the Discovery channel on channel 31, this was the real thing.

Soon after, the wind rolled us around and wrapped four fishing lines around the prop and it was over. They moved on towards Middle Caicos & Big Cut while we handled our own big cut... several hundred yards of monofiliment line wrapped around our propeller. We cut away and cleared the prop getting us back on the road again however the delay ate up whatever daylight that was left and we steamed for Middle Caicos and the only inlet I was familiar with. I would have loved to linger and catch up for additional photo's but safety was a bigger consideration and since I was unfamiliar with these waters we used discretion and headed for home....

That was several years ago, and since then we have encountered the gentle giants hundreds of times while they migrate to their traditional spawning grounds, the Silver Shoals which by the way is the final resting place of " The Sonora Nuestra La Conception " , a Spanish treasure ship re-discovered some twenty years ago by Burt Webber of Annville, Pa..

The dreams of a young man brought me to the Caicos in search of my own treasure, the treasure of peace and tranquillity with virgin fishing and diving as a bonus. And now this, Humpbacks migrating past my very front yard.... Thank you lord, my cup is indeed full.

The best was yet to come. In the spring of 95 we were diving for lobster just offshore of the entrance to big cut when we sighted what we thought was a single humpback meandering offshore another half mile or so. I suggested we get as close as possible in order to fill my memory bank with as much data as possible for someday I will be a grandfather and tales will abound of my exciting experiences in the Caicos. My dive buddy suggested we be extremely careful as he was afraid of the whale coming up underneath the boat capsizing us.

At that moment we were fairly close but the whale headed east in what appeared to be a small hurry.... We followed and then it happened, the calf appeared and blew..... I didn't know what to do other than I knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime and as such I begged my companion to take me in closer and drop me off. He absolutely refused stating this was as close as you were going to get!. I begged and he refused again, finally I convinced him to drive east several hundred yards ahead of the whales and drop me off, making sure he kept his eyes on me at all times. I didn't want to swim ashore from three miles out nor did I want to be hurt by this magnificent creature, either by intent or accident.

Any cow with calf is a potential danger whether on land or sea... Maternal instincts command they protect their young. Her tail was big enough to swat me like a fly on a wall.

I could see her coming in my direction. My buddy stood offshore one hundred yards out while I swam with mask, fins & snorkel to the encounter of a life time. She and the calf blew past me so fast at about 80 feet down and out, I hardly had a chance to say hello. I hailed my buddy and climbed aboard and insisted on one more shot... This time I would be ready .

This time I positioned myself directly in front of her path . She would have to eat me or pass me on either side and I would get what I came for , a memory of memories... If Jacques can do it, so can I... She spotted me from about fifty feet out and broke inshore of me. For some reason, she slowed down, perhaps because I did not pose a threat on our first encounter. The calf sat on mom's back rising and falling as one, then she released floating to the surface for that ever precious gulp of air.

She had to slow down to wait for her baby and that is when it came to me. A forest ranger in Wyoming had told me that if you wanted to get close to the animals, talk to them. It worked then rewarding me with some of the most awesome pictures of wild Moose in the Tetons.

I decided to mimic the whale sounds as best I could and schrilled into the snorkel in as high a tone as this raspy voice would offer. She darn near stopped dead in her tracks and circled around me keeping the calf a respectable distance from me. The calf swam about totally unconcerned about my presence, after all I was like a pimple on their butts. She was fifty feet long and the calf was 20 feet long. I just make 6 feet tall... I continued to bellow into the snorkel so as to let mom know where I was at all times and to assure her I was not a potential threat or a danger to her calf. We swam in circles for at least forty minutes gathering views of each other to tell our grandchildren. The most amazing sight was to see the cow begin to dive slowly and the calf would climb aboard her back and the two would be as one. They dove to about 80-90 feet, traversed for a bit and then the calf would appear to eject from the cockpit and rise ever so slowly to the surface for another gulp of air.

TCI wins World’s Leading Beach again
Brand Turks and Caicos Islands remains a strong force on the international stage among travelers, who once again chose the Grace Bay Beach as the World’s Leading Beach, beating out some of the world’s strongest competition. The Turks and Caicos Islands also copped another world award, when Beaches Turks and Caicos Village and Spa, the site of this year’s World Travel Awards, held on December 2, captured the title of the World’s Leading Family Resort...

 

Questions ??? Call Dick Zebo at 239-777-7086

 

Swim with our Resident

Wild Bottlenose " Gambi "

SNORKELING & PHOTOGRAPHING DECEMBER 15TH - APRIL 15TH ONLY

 

$125.00 pp( 2 person min. ) 4 HOURS

Family and Friends are what matter !

Read the whole story of Gambi

 

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NOW !

Call Dick Zebo at 239-777-7086

 

 

 

 

 

Eagles Rest Car Rentals Daily or weekly rates

 

FORD EXPLORER 4X4

CHEVY CONVERSION VAN

KIA SPECTRA

$75.00 p/day or $425.p/week

$75.00 p/day or $425.p/week

$55.00 p/day or $300.p/week

 

 

 

Villa, Car & Boat Packages available

 

ALL GUESTS OF EAGLES REST VILLA'S HAVE AN AUTOMATIC 25% DISCOUNT FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE LISTED TOURS

CALL 239-777-7086 FOR SPECIAL COUPONS

 

 

DEEP SEA FISHING

SCUBA DIVING

BONE FISHING

 

 

 

 

Call Dick Zebo at 239-777-7086

 

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