Private Whale Watching Charter in Grand Turk
Seasonal Tour: Available mid Jan – mid April
Our whale watching adventure gives you a front row seat to one of the most impressive shows on earth. You might be lucky enough to witness these beautiful, impressive and gentle humpback whales put on a repertoire of mind blowing behaviours ranging from males’ acrobatic competition for a female, a single male’s haunting pursuit of a mate or a whale mother’s gentle educational displays to a newly arrived calf.
Seeing these amazing creatures live, often at an arm’s length, has changed the lives of many people: let it touch your heart and enrich your way of seeing the world! In water encounters are possible when sea and behavioural conditions are ideal.
IF YOU ARE STAYING IN PROVIDENCIALES
The most common question we receive from people who are vacationing in Providenciales and want to go whale watching, is “how do we get to Grand Turk?”.
Grand Turk is the capital of the Turks & Caicos Islands and approximately 75 miles from Providenciales so there is no boat service between islands. It is, however, readily accessible by air with two different airlines servicing this route and approximately 10 return flights per day. The cost of the return flights varies depending on availability but ranges from $90 to $160 return trip. You can check out the options at the following links:
We usually recommend visitors take the first flight to Grand Turk in the morning and return to Providenciales on the last flight of the day. We will provide complimentary transfers between the airport and boat.
If you are opting for the half day private charter, there is also time to explore a little of what Grand Turk has to offer on land or to enjoy one of the relaxing beach bars. It’s just 5 miles by 1.5 miles so easy to explore and as our private charters are usually offered on non Cruise Ship days, you get to experience Grand Turk at its quietest. Alternatively we can customise a full day private charter to take in one of the surrounding Cays, in addition to Whale Watching.
Our tours are done on a purpose built 46′ Power Catamaran, powered by twin Yamaha f250hp outboard motors, configured with lots of seating, both sun and shaded areas, an elevated flybridge for better spotting whales from a distance, marine toilet and PA Microphone system for crystal clear narration of the tour. We also have a hydrophone on board which, conditions permitting, we will drop into the water and see if the whales will give us a song.
The tour is run by experienced local captains and a marine biologist to inform you about the whales and answer any questions you may have.
Board the boat at the beach and head out to an area that we have had many sightings in search of some whale activity, if the first area yields no sightings then we head to a second spot and if not then on to a third. We also try to co ordinate with other boats in the area. Once whales are located we head out to where they are and observe them from a distance being careful not to startle them or disrupt them. Sometimes they will approach the boat and hang around for a while, in these instances one of our guides will get in the water and allow you to accompany him for a closer look and hopefully some photos and videos to help document our visiting whales in an effort to determine if our area is in fact a breeding ground.
Until recently it was common belief that the Silver Banks were the actual breeding grounds of the Atlantic Humpback Whales, recent research, data collection, photos and sightings have proven that this is not so. During the whale watching season December 2018-April 2019 we have recorded sightings of baby Humpbacks just a day or two old. It is amazing to see the mother training her calf to swim and pushing her up to the surface to breathe. When the calf is that young the mother tends to stick around in the same area nursing her calf in preparation for the big journey back to their feeding grounds in North America. There were days where we have encountered as many as 6 mother calf pairs in one trip.