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Designated a national park, Fort George Cay was the site of a British military outpost in the late 18th century. Some ancient cannons remain in several feet of water off the north shore and there are faint remains of the old fort on land. We will drop you off on the beach with an umbrella and a picnic lunch if you wish and pick you back up at an appointed time.
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Each lunar month, five nights after the full moon, and fifty-five minutes after sunset, an amazing phenomenon occurs in the current that ebbs from the Caicos Bank, only a short boat ride from the Meridian Club. A wonderful, fifteen-minute display of underwater luminescence is created by the mating of a worm-like sea creature called Odontosyllis Enopla.
There are other species of glow worms which spawn on a lunar cycle, but not many, nor in many places in the world. On the New England coast at Woods Hole they spawn between the full and the new moon in the summer, just after twilight. The same kind of phenomenon occurs only off the coast of British Columbia, in the Pacific near Samoa, and in the East Indies in the Bay of Batavia.
Each month at this time, we organize a twilight catamaran ride to the area where the spawning occurs and watch this beautiful wonder of nature. It's as rare as the Meridian Club itself and is not to be missed. Read more about Glow Worm Cruises on our blog
Please note: actual cruise dates may vary by a day due to weather conditions. There is usually a lesser display on the 4th and 6th days after the full moon.2014 Glow Worm Cruise Schedule*
*may vary by a day on either side
The Turks and Caicos still has a healthy population of green, hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles. We can organize one hour “turtle watching” trips in the channel adjoining Pine Cay for you to watch these amphibious reptiles as they surface for air while swimming against the current. Most days, you’ll see at least several and sometimes many more. If you are quick, you can get some photographs. Occasionally, you may also see an eagle ray leap out of the water or some tarpon rolling. Almost always there will be birdlife around, which may include ospreys, pelicans, oystercatchers, gulls and terns.
Also a national park area and home to a large population of endangered Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas. These docile creatures are always available on this small cay for great photo opportunities. Only a short boat ride from Pine Cay.
On Providenciales (Provo), the most populous and commercially developed island in the Turks & Caicos, you can rent a car or hire a taxi, shop for local art and crafts and visit local attractions. The rock carvings on Sapodilla Hill give an interesting perspective to the islands. The Environmental Center in the Bight provides exhibits on local ocean and forest plants and animals.
Home to most of our staff, "North" is also home to a large flock of flamingos and "Wade's Green," the ruins of a Loyalist plantation dating to the late 18th Century. Enjoy a guided taxi tour of the sites of interest on this large island. Lunch at a local restaurant is an option. This is a half-day excursion requiring a 15 minute boat ride each way.
Those of our staff not from "North" or Provo come from sparsely settled Middle Caicos. We can arrange a guided tour of the island villages, scenic points, and the renowned Conch Bar Caves. There is also a thriving local craft industry with many unique items for sale. Lunch can be arranged at a local restaurant. A full day excursion.
See the nation's capital. Tour the island, stroll down historic Duke Street, visit the Turks & Caicos National Museum. There are a number of local restaurants available for lunch. It's a 30 minute flight and a full-day trip.
A small, sparsely populated island with colorful Bermudian-style houses and remnants of a once thriving salt industry. Humpback whales migrate by in the late winter and early spring and can often be observed from lookout points on shore. Also a 30 minute flight.