Get ready for the best day of your life. If you dream about adventure on the high seas like I do, you will be in heaven with the half-day Caicos Dream Tours Snorkel & Conch Cruise. If you’re staying at Alexandra Resort, you can get picked up for your boating adventure right on Grace Bay Beach in front of the hotel. You’ll pick up snorkel gear before hopping about the bright yellow boat.
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Captain Que is hilarious. The first few minutes of the boat ride is full of conch puns, which frankly I couldn’t get enough of. Captain Que also had a fantastic boating playlist, so have Shazam ready to capture all the island vibe tunes. The water is absolutely stunning at every turn and such a startling color that if you weren’t seeing it for yourself, you’d wonder what Instagram filter was being used. We opted to sit in the front of the boat, pirate style.
First up is catching conch. We were in water so shallow that you could easily stand. Captain Que’s first mate Josh did most of the hunting but my friend Sarah spotted a conch and bravely brought it back to the boat.
The conch was kept on the boat, fated to become lunch later in the day. Captain Que then turned on the tunes and steered us toward Provo’s Barrier Reef for snorkeling in open water.
Snorkeling Provo’s Barrier Reef
Caicos has the third largest reef in the world, something I didn’t know prior to this tour. That’s another great thing about Caicos Dream Tours: you really get a ton of information about the Turks and Caicos islands. I’m terrified of fish but still happily hopped in the ocean to snorkel the reef. You only live once, right? This bit of the Dream Tour is fantastic exercise (a great thing if you plan to eat your weight in coconut shrimp at Asú on the Beach later). We felt completely safe navigating the waves, our gaze fixed on the reef. My friend Sarah said later, “I really believe that if a shark had swum up to us, Josh would have wrestled it and won.” Luckily we never saw a shark, but we did see a barracuda. Josh didn’t seem the least bit alarmed. It’s quite fun to see the island’s natives’ relationship with the ocean. As Captain Que put it, “We are good to the sea and the sea has never not been good to me.”
I didn’t have my waterproof camera with me so you’ll just have to go see the beauty of the reef for yourself!
After snorkeling, Captain Que served up rum punch (which goes down really easy) and let us slide and dive into the ocean. The diving board is on top of the boat and seems much higher once you’re up there. It’s a rush to dive into the Caribbean!
After snorkeling the barrier reef, we headed to Iguana Island for the freshest conch salad you’ll ever have. Josh demonstrated how to clean conch right there on the beach, then handed the conch to Captain Que, who whipped up a quick ceviche salad on the boat. I got the impression they could do this with their eyes closed.
We were stunned at how many of the guests opted instead for sandwiches and chips. Sarah and I enjoyed bowl after bowl of conch salad, which we happily ate on the beach as the Caribbean swept across our toes and the salty air filled out lungs. If there is a better lunch, I haven’t encountered it.
The iguana, for the record, were nowhere near the beach. They stayed in the shade under the trees a short walk from the beach.
Sarah and I agreed that our four hours with Caicos Dream Tours were some of the best of our lives. I would purchase a plane ticket to Providenciales in Turks and Caicos just to spend those four hours cruisin’ the Caribbean with Captain Que. Get tickets for a Caicos Dream Tours excursion here.
“Who knows, who knows, who knows, who knows. I just go where the trade winds blow.”
P.S. One of the best parts of the tour? You get to keep a conch shell! Only one per suitcase. This treasure now sits proudly on a dresser and reminds me every morning about this epic tour.
Disclaimer: This article is intended to be a general resource. Any recommendations are based on personal opinion. A portion of this trip may have been compensated but opinions are my own, always. I’m not a fan of negativity so if I don’t like something, I don’t write about it.