It’s no secret that in the Turks and Caicos, life revolves around the water. People come here for the beaches, the snorkeling, the diving and the boating. But there’s one activity you may not yet have heard about—and it’s a thrilling one you’re bound to talk about for years to come once you’ve experienced it. And that’s horseback riding with Provo Ponies.
What started as a rescue operation for horses and ponies is now a riding stable in Long Bay—just a 5-minute drive from Triton—with 30 horses and ponies, 25 of which are ready to ride.
Owner Camille Slattery, who grew up horseback riding in Iowa and moved to the Turks and Caicos in 1987, started Provo Ponies in 2001. Her team of instructors are all personable as well as well as knowledgeable, all with a passion for horses.
Provo Ponies caters to beginners as well as experienced riders, and will choose the right horse for you accordingly. During your ride, you’ll wander through the quiet roads and trails of Long Bay before emerging out onto Long Bay Beach, where you’ll have the surreal experience of riding your horse down the beach and into the clear, shallow water (weather permitting). Experienced riders can also have the opportunity to canter down the beach during low ride.
Provo Ponies offers private and group rides, with no more than 12 people allowed on a group ride. If you’re interested in booking a ride, you’re encouraged to book well in advance, particularly during the busy season (November to April).
If you’re planning your trip to the Turks and Caicos, put Provo Ponies on your list as a must-do. For more information, check out the Provo Ponies website, where you can also book online.
The beauty of the Turks and Caicos as seen from land is undeniable, with its powdery white beaches, crystal-blue ocean and impressive limestone cliffs. But to truly appreciate the islands, one has to venture below the ocean surface. With its flourishing, colorful corals and a vast variety of sea life from dolphins to tropical fish, the Turks and Caicos is arguably one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world.
If you’ve never scuba dived before, you’ll need to complete a PADI (Professional Association of Scuba Divers) Certification Course. You can start by taking the eLearning course online, which is then followed by three to four days of open-water training in the pool and out in the ocean. While you should be in reasonably good health to dive, it requires no athletic skills. All you need is the desire to learn and a passion for the ocean.
While scuba diving in the Turks and Caicos, be prepared to see a vast array of sea life, from tiny tropical fish to sea turtles and reef sharks. Miles of coral reefs—diverse underwater living ecosystems—provide shelter and habitats for many marine animals. At least 60 species of coral can be found in the waters of the Turks and Caicos, including staghorn, brain and star and pillar corals, all providing for beautiful scenery as you explore below the ocean surface. If you’re really lucky, you might spot dolphins, and from November to March, it’s possible to see or hear humpback whales during their annual migration to mate and give birth.
Ready to learn a new skill and explore all the ocean has to offer? For your scuba diving certification (and even if you’re already certified), we recommend Dive Provo—a local dive center that’s operated on Providenciales for more than 20 years. Get in touch with them to schedule your open water dives today at 800-234-7768 or 954-351-9771.