Ferries to Turks and Caicos

Few ferries travel between the Turks and Caicos Islands

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Where once it could be said that the ferry services between the Turks and Caicos islands were too few and lacking in dependability, today there are a number of ferries that visitors can choose from.

Riding the Ferries

Turks and Caicos visitors have the option of traveling between North Caicos and Providenciales aboard TCI Ferry which is operated by Caribbean Cruisin'. They offer several trips daily between Heaving Down Rock Walkin Marina on Provo and Sandy Point Marina on North Caicos. The trip, which takes place aboard a ferry with plenty of storage space and comfortable seating, lasts 25 minutes each way. Expect to pay $15 for children under the age of nine and $25(USD) for everyone else.

Check the following chart for ferry details.

Ferry Docks
Name Location Island
Belfield Landing North Caicos North Caicos
Bottle Creek Ferry Dock North Caicos North Caicos
Caribbean Cruisin' White House Heaving Down Rock Leeward - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Grand Turk Ferry Dock Front Street - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North of Cockburn Town Grand Turk
Heaving Down Rock Terminal Heaving Down Rock Marina - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) East-Northeast of Grace Bay Providenciales
Middle Caicos Ferry Dock North Caicos North Caicos
North Caicos Dock Sandy Point Parrot Cay
Salt Cay Ferry Dock Salt Cay Salt Cay
South Caicos Ferry Dock Cockburn Harbor South Caicos
TCI Providenciales Ferry Dock 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) Northeast of Grace Bay Providenciales

Although the schedule may change on occassion, you'll find it typical of the ferry to leave from Provo at 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at 8:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. The return trip is at 7:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. during the week and Saturday, and at 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. From North Caicos, you can travel to Middle Caicos by driving across the causeway that opened in 2007.

A recent addition to the TCI ferry schedule is a trip between Providenciales and South Caicos. Now, vacationers can make the 90 minute journey to South Caicos for $45 for children and $60(USD) for adults. Ferries from Provo to South Caicos sail thrice weekly, on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m., and Fridays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. The ferry returns from South Caicos at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and you'll receive a discounted price if you book a round trip ticket in advance.

Ferry Routes, Turks and Caicos
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Cockburn Town Salt Cay Ferry Dock Grand Turk Ferry Dock Salt Cay Ferry 3 to 4 days per week
Providenciales Belfield Landing Heaving Down Rock Terminal MV My Girl Ferry Service None
Providenciales North Caicos Dock TCI Providenciales Ferry Dock Caribbean Cruisin' several times per day
Providenciales South Caicos Ferry Dock TCI Providenciales Ferry Dock Caribbean Cruisin' 1 to 2 days per week

If the weather is agreeable, there is a government subsidized ferry that transports passengers between Grand Turk and Salt Cay. The ferry travels between the two islands twice daily, once in the morning and again in the middle of the afternoon.

You can also hire private sailing companies to transport you between islands, or even charter a boat and sail yourself if you have the appropriate skill set. Many tour boat operators offer these services on the side, such as Big Blue Unlimited and J&B Tours. Otherwise, the best way to get between islands is by flying.

As time goes on, and tourism becomes more prominent, the likelihood of more ferries offering regular services looks good. For now, what exists is a great way to enjoy a lrelaxing sail as you travel from one place to another.

Additional Information

As you plan your trip, you will want to read our ferry guides to local areas within the Turks and Caicos. This will ensure you know the specifics of traveling to and from your specific destinations.

Ferries Serving Specific Areas
Guide to Grand Turk Ferries
Guide to Middle Caicos Ferries
Guide to North Caicos Ferries
Guide to Providenciales Ferries
Guide to Salt Cay Ferries
Guide to South Caicos Ferries
 

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