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Turks and Caicos Humpback Whale Snorkelling Trip

8th to 18th February, 2018 from $2930 per person

9th to 18th February, from $2700 per person

9th to 16th February, from $2375 per person

 

Background

Every year, after spending the winter gorging in the plankton-rich waters in the northern Atlantic and Arctic waters, pregnant female humpback whales migrate to the warm, shallow waters of the and Silver Banks in the Dominican Republic and Salt Cay in the Turks and Caicos to give birth and teach their calves to breathe and swim. The females and their calves, and male escorts, can be found very close to the tiny island of Salt Cay. An estimated 3,000–5,000 humpback whales pass through these waters, making it the largest breeding and calving grounds in the world.

Once home to the finest salt marshes in the world, with a population of around 80 humans, a few dozen donkeys and one dive shop, Salt Cay is a great place to relax and unwind, staying in a charming Saltraker cottage or a seafront Salt Merchants’ house with a pool. This 6.7 sq km island is also a great place for bird watching and scuba diving. 

On our last trip in 2015, we had some exceptional in-water encounters, with up to four whales at a time, a mother, calf, and two escorts. We go out with a knowledgeable guide on a three and six-hour searches. When we find some relaxed whales, we gently slip into the clear, warm water and observe them for as long as they are comfortable with. In-water encounters can last from two minutes to an hour, depending on the whales’ behaviour. Once one encounter is over, we look for the next one.

Activities

5 days of whale watching and snorkelling (6 hours per day), stingray snorkelling trip, island tour of Cockburn Town on Grand Turk, free daily yoga.

Getting there

UK and EU clients can catch the direct BA flight from Gatwick to Providenciales on the 8th of February and back 18th of February.

Clients coming from the US can join on Friday 9th February if they land in Providenciales in time to clear customs and board the flight to Salt Cay at 1530.

Itinerary

8th Feb: Night at Ports of Call, Providenciales.

9th Feb: Fly from Providenciales to Salt Cay.

10th Feb: 6-hour whale snorkelling trip

11th Feb: 6-hour whale snorkelling trip

12th Feb: 2 x 3-hour whale snorkelling trips

13th Feb: 2 x 3-hour whale snorkelling trips

14th Feb: 6-hour whale snorkelling trip

15th Feb:  Spare day / rest day

16th Feb: Fly to Grand Turk at 0840, Gibbs Cay stingray snorkeliing trip

17th Feb: Half-day island tour

18th Feb: Fly to Providenciales

Accommodation

1 night in Providenciales at Ports of Call, 7 nights on Salt Cay in a shared house rental (two options), 2 nights on Grand Turk at the Osprey Beach Hotel in an Atrium room.

Charimng House, Salt Cay

A five-minute bike ride from the dive centre and restaurant (bikes provided) and beaches, Charming House has three double bedrooms, one of which is taken by your tour leaders. Both available bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.  There is also a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, lounge and garden.

Villas of Salt Cay, Main House.

Villas of Salt Cay is a delightful, spacious, and airy beachfront property, with two en-suite double bedrooms and a third double bedroom with a shower and toilet accessed from the hall.

There is a full kitchen, dining room and lounge, balconies, and a private pool (that will be shared with guests staying at Charming House).

The dive centre and restaurant is a short walk away. Bicycles ae provided for island exploration.

 

Osprey Beach Hotel, Grand Turk

Located on the beach, the hotel is the best resort on the island, with an on-site restaurant and within walking distance of the centre of Cockburn Town. 

Prices per person, based on two sharing

10 nights

Using Charming House on Salt Cay $2930  

Using Villas of Salt Cay Main House on Salt Cay $3425 

Single supplement:

Using Charming House on Salt Cay $700

Staying at Pirate Hideaway on Salt Cay: $1100

Using Villas of Salt Cay Main House on Salt Cay: $1190

 

9 nights (missing the first night in Providenciales)

Using Charming House on Salt Cay $2700  

Using Villas of Salt Cay Main House on Salt Cay $3195 

Single supplement:

Using Charming House on Salt Cay: $510

Staying at Pirate Hideaway: $910

Using Villas of Salt Cay Main House on Salt Cay $ 1000

 

7 nights (missing the first night in Providenciales and the two on Grand Turk)

Using Charming House on Salt Cay $2375  

Using Villas of Salt Cay Main House on Salt Cay $2865 

Single supplement:

Using Charming House on Salt Cay: $350

Staying at Pirate Hideaway: $770

Using Villas of Salt Cay Main House on Salt Cay $ 770

Includes: Domestic flights, accommodation, snorkeling, photography tuition, island tour, breakfast in Providenciales.

Does not include: Meals, snorkel equipment rental.

 

Meals

At Providenciales, Ports of Call Resort has four restaurants to choose from right next door. Breakfast is included.

On Salt Cay there is a good beachfront restaurant next to the dive centre, and the houses have fully equipped kitchens. There are a couple of small grocery stores where basics can be purchased, and fish can be bought from the local fishermen. Your tour leader Christopher will be happy to cook for you too.

On Grand Turk, Osprey Beach Hotel has a restaurant and there are restaurants in Cockburn Town.

Photography coaching:

Provided by Indigo Safaris’ founder and underwater photographer Christopher Bartlett. Christopher’s work has been published round the world, and over the last decade he has had more than 100 articles published on a range of diving and marine conservation subjects, and to date has a dozen dive magazine cover shots to his name.

Payment

25% non-refundable deposit, balance due 90 days before the start of the trip, on November 8th, 2017.

Via bank transfer to our USD account.

Via Credit Card (subject to 2.9% processing fee)

For Euro account holders and GBP account holders we can convert for you and take payment by bank transfer into our EUR or GBP accounts. Card payment also possible with a GBP or EUR card, subject to a processing fee of 1.4%.

 

Cancellation policy

More than 90 days before the start of the trip: deposit forfeited.

89 days or less before schedule date of arrival: no refund.

 

US:1-800-295-0428 

UK:+
447713342729

skype: christopherbartlett

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