Grand Turk Cruises, Turks And Caicos Islands
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This trip puts Cockburn Town under the microscope. You’ll begin with a scenic drive on an air-conditioned coach. You’ll see Duke Street with its 17th and 18th-century architecture. Roof styles here have been compared to the icing on cakes. Your guide will draw your attention to the 200-year-old Freeman House and the Turks Head Inn, which has been serving ale since 1840. At this point, you’ll get off the coach for a walking tour. You’ll stroll along Front Street, passing the Victoria Library and the Anglican Church, where people have been worshipping for more than 2 centuries. You’ll pop into the National Museum, where your guide will point out the most important exhibits. One of these will be the Molasses Reef Wreck, the oldest European shipwreck to be discovered in the western hemisphere. Before you return to the ship, you’ll be left to your own devices for a while. Duck into the shops for souvenirs or grab a conch fritter to-go.
This is a pedal-to-the-metal tour of Grand Turk. You’ll see the largest of the Turks Islands from the bucket seat of a dune buggy. Leaving the port behind, you’ll follow the clay tracks that trace their way along the beach. Your first break from being behind the wheel will come at a coastal bluff, where you’ll get out to take in the views of Gibb’s Cay and the other islands in the chain. Back in your buggy, you’ll score your way through the countryside, passing salt pans. A flash of pink will alert you to the appearance of the Salina Salt Ponds, where flamingos graze the day away. You’ll also pass the airport, where you’ll clock a replica of the space shuttle Friendship, which splashed down off the coast of Grand Turk after astronaut John Glen orbited the earth. After negotiating the streets of the island’s capital, Cockburn Town, you’ll drive to North Wells, where wild horses roam. You’ll get another chance to stretch your legs around North Creek, at a cliff that commands infinity views of the Atlantic Ocean. Then, with your fuel gauge finally leaning towards the red, you’ll steer back to port.
SNUBA is a way of cheating at scuba diving. You don’t need to spend hours studying for a certificate to take part in this underwater activity. In fact, you can learn the ropes during a 30-minute safety briefing. Then, you’ll get into the Atlantic Ocean to explore. The only equipment you’ll need will be a mask, fins and a breathing regulator. This regulator is attached, via a flexible pipe, to an air supply which floats above you on the surface of the sea. You can swim around, unimpeded by heavy air tanks, to depths of 15 feet. At this depth you’ve got a good chance of swimming with barracuda and spotting sleeping nurse shark in the rocks. After your dive, there will be time to relax with a drink before you head back to port.