TURKS & CAICOS

SAT 8 AUG – SAT 15 AUG

Turks & Caicos—the very name conjures images of sugary sand beaches, turqouise waters, and ice cold drinks while lounging in the sun. T&C will always incite serious vacation envy.

The islands of Turks & Caicos are arguably the hidden gems of the Caribbean, located just southeast of the Bahamas. Their main claim to fame are their spectacular beaches and crystal-clear ocean water, which are crowned by the world-renowned seven mile long Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales.

The oceans and wetlands of the country teem with wildlife, and it’s common to spot turtles, stingrays, fish, starfish, conch, sharks and coastal birdlife.

 

The islands of Turks & Caicos are also acclaimed for their exceptional snorkeling and scuba diving, and are home to one of the finest barrier reef systems in the Atlantic Ocean and the third largest in the world. The coral walls at Grand Turk, Providenciales and West Caicos, where the depth drops from 30-50 feet to over 7,000 feet, are among the best wall dive sites in the world.

The environment of the Turks & Caicos is perfect for eco water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding and kiteboarding. Extensive mangrove channels and shallow turquoise lagoons create the perfect landscapes to explore.

ITINERARY

Overview

For this trip we’ll be completing a round-trip exploration of the western half of the Caicos islands, which will give us the opportunity to explore some of the country’s finest beaches and areas for snorkeling, diving, and other water sports. Each day we’ll discuss our options, consider the weather, and hatch a plan for adventure. We’ll have the flexibility to adjust our pace, the amount of time that we spend sailing or underway, and the amount of time that we spend in developed areas versus remote areas.

Below are some of the highlights of the Caicos islands that we’ll be able to explore. Overall the beginning and end of our trip will be spent near developed places with plenty of access to beach bars, restaurants and shopping, and in the middle of our trip we’ll visit some remote places. We will plan on having all of our meals aboard Neverland, but we might decide to head ashore for a meal or two when we’re able.

Providenciales ("Provo")

The main island of the Caicos group is Providenciales (nicknamed “Provo”) and is where we will start and end our adventure.

This glamorous island holds a bevy of beach restaurants and clubs, as well as memorable activities like jet-skiing and horseback riding along the coast.

We can grab some conch at Da Conch Shack where it is prepared every way imaginable right on the breezy beach.

Home to one of the world’s most stunning shorelines, the 7-mile long Grace Bay Beach, there are plenty of world-class snorkeling sites both within the calm bay and outside of the protective barrier reef.

West Caicos

Formerly known as Belle Island, West Caicos is the western most island in the Turks & Caicos archipelago and the second largest uninhabited island in the country. The West Caicos Marine National Park protects a large portion of the waters around the island.

Beautiful snorkeling surrounds the island, and is especially fascinating on the west coast. The cliff coastline here hides many fun little caves, and there’s some great cliff jumping sites as well. The Yankee Town historical site is a short walk from the coasts.

West Caicos is best known for the excellent diving surrounding the island. Off the west side of the island is some of the best wall diving in the country, with sheer drops from about 30-50 feet down to over 7,000 feet! We can arrange for a local dive operator to meet up with us, provide rental gear, and take us on a guided tour of the best dive spots.

Lake Catherine is another unique highlight of the island. This saline 500 acre lake is a protected area within the Lake Catherine Nature Reserve and is home to large numbers of West Indian flamingos.

Molasses Reef Shipwreck and Snorkel Site

Another secluded area on the southern edge of the Caicos bank, the Molasses Reef Wreck is one of the more notable wrecks in Turks & Caicos. It is the oldest European shipwreck to have been excavated in the Western Hemisphere. Though damaged by treasure hunters, the site remains a highlight of wreck diving in Turks & Caicos.

French Cay

18 miles south of Provo, French Cay is a very small and low-lying island on the souther edge of the Caicos bank, and is the only island in Turks & Caicos from which no other island can be seen.

The entire cay is a protected wildlife sanctuary with restrictions on landing and, although it is a mere speck in the ocean, French Cay has a bit of history. One of the many pirates that used to operate in the Caicos islands, famous buccaneer captain Françoise L’Olonnois (also known as Jean-David Nau) was rumored to have used French Cay as a lookout base to scan the deep water south of the Caicos bank.

In addition to the great snorkeling and many shipwrecks around the island, several of the best dive sites in the country are located close to French Cay. Due to French Cay being on the south wall of the Caicos bank barrier reef, the deeper wall areas are more exposed to the sun than most of the West Caicos and Providenciales wall sites and consequently have better lighting and a bit more vibrant corals.

French Cay is known to be one of the best places to see sharks in Turks & Caicos. Grey reef sharks are the most common variety, yet nurse, hammerhead, bull, lemon and tiger sharks can be spotted at times as well. If we decide to visit French Cay, we can also arrange for a rendezvous dive with a local operator.

La Famille Express Shipwreck

The La Famille Express is the most famous shipwreck in Turks and Caicos and a popular landmark near the island of Provo.

The history of the La Famille Express began in 1953 and in a much colder environment—the Soviet Union. The vessel started life as an oil rig service ship, transferring supplies to remote offshore oil wells.

The La Famille Express became firmly planted in the shallow waters of the Caicos bank during Hurricane Frances in 2004. Under high winds, the unmanned vessel had actually dragged its anchor over 12 miles from the south dock area of Provo. This anchor is still in the water near the ship.

There is a large rope ladder off the side of the wreck and visitors can ascend the ship to explore the deck, and daredevils can jump off the side into the water below.

Overview

For this trip we’ll be completing a round-trip exploration of the western half of the Caicos islands, which will give us the opportunity to explore some of the country’s finest beaches and areas for snorkeling, diving, and other water sports. Each day we’ll discuss our options, consider the weather, and hatch a plan for adventure. We’ll have the flexibility to adjust our pace, the amount of time that we spend sailing or underway, and the amount of time that we spend in developed areas versus remote areas.

Below are some of the highlights of the Caicos islands that we’ll be able to explore. Overall the beginning and end of our trip will be spent near developed places with plenty of access to beach bars, restaurants and shopping, and in the middle of our trip we’ll visit some remote places. We will plan on having all of our meals aboard Neverland, but we might decide to head ashore for a meal or two when we’re able.

Providenciales ("Provo")

The main island of the Caicos group is Providenciales (nicknamed “Provo”) and is where we will start and end our adventure.

This glamorous island holds a bevy of beach restaurants and clubs, as well as memorable activities like jet-skiing and horseback riding along the coast.

We can grab some conch at Da Conch Shack where it is prepared every way imaginable right on the breezy beach.

Home to one of the world’s most stunning shorelines, the 7-mile long Grace Bay Beach, there are plenty of world-class snorkeling sites both within the calm bay and outside of the protective barrier reef.

West Caicos

Formerly known as Belle Island, West Caicos is the western most island in the Turks & Caicos archipelago and the second largest uninhabited island in the country. The West Caicos Marine National Park protects a large portion of the waters around the island.

Beautiful snorkeling surrounds the island, and is especially fascinating on the west coast. The cliff coastline here hides many fun little caves, and there’s some great cliff jumping sites as well. The Yankee Town historical site is a short walk from the coasts.

West Caicos is best known for the excellent diving surrounding the island. Off the west side of the island is some of the best wall diving in the country, with sheer drops from about 30-50 feet down to over 7,000 feet! We can arrange for a local dive operator to meet up with us, provide rental gear, and take us on a guided tour of the best dive spots.

Lake Catherine is another unique highlight of the island. This saline 500 acre lake is a protected area within the Lake Catherine Nature Reserve and is home to large numbers of West Indian flamingos.

Molasses Reef Shipwreck and Snorkel Site

Another secluded area on the southern edge of the Caicos bank, the Molasses Reef Wreck is one of the more notable wrecks in Turks & Caicos. It is the oldest European shipwreck to have been excavated in the Western Hemisphere. Though damaged by treasure hunters, the site remains a highlight of wreck diving in Turks & Caicos.

French Cay

18 miles south of Provo, French Cay is a very small and low-lying island on the souther edge of the Caicos bank, and is the only island in Turks & Caicos from which no other island can be seen.

The entire cay is a protected wildlife sanctuary with restrictions on landing and, although it is a mere speck in the ocean, French Cay has a bit of history. One of the many pirates that used to operate in the Caicos islands, famous buccaneer captain Françoise L’Olonnois (also known as Jean-David Nau) was rumored to have used French Cay as a lookout base to scan the deep water south of the Caicos bank.

In addition to the great snorkeling and many shipwrecks around the island, several of the best dive sites in the country are located close to French Cay. Due to French Cay being on the south wall of the Caicos bank barrier reef, the deeper wall areas are more exposed to the sun than most of the West Caicos and Providenciales wall sites and consequently have better lighting and a bit more vibrant corals.

French Cay is known to be one of the best places to see sharks in Turks & Caicos. Grey reef sharks are the most common variety, yet nurse, hammerhead, bull, lemon and tiger sharks can be spotted at times as well. If we decide to visit French Cay, we can also arrange for a rendezvous dive with a local operator.

La Famille Express Shipwreck

The La Famille Express is the most famous shipwreck in Turks and Caicos and a popular landmark near the island of Provo.

The history of the La Famille Express began in 1953 and in a much colder environment—the Soviet Union. The vessel started life as an oil rig service ship, transferring supplies to remote offshore oil wells.

The La Famille Express became firmly planted in the shallow waters of the Caicos bank during Hurricane Frances in 2004. Under high winds, the unmanned vessel had actually dragged its anchor over 12 miles from the south dock area of Provo. This anchor is still in the water near the ship.

There is a large rope ladder off the side of the wreck and visitors can ascend the ship to explore the deck, and daredevils can jump off the side into the water below.

EXPLORE

Have a play around on this interactive map of our route to explore more places and activities available during our trip.

TASTE

We have a passion for creating healthy and tasty meals with a focus on fresh local ingredients. We’ll work with you to understand your culinary preferences and craft a menu to appeal to everyone. Participation is greatly encouraged, whether you’d like to provide your favorite recipe or take over the galley for a meal to wow everyone with your skills!

Here’s a sample of some of our favorite creations:

Breakfast

Everyday Fresh Continental
breakfast pastries, toast, yogurt, muesli, fresh-cut fruit, smoothies, juice & coffee

Smashed Avocado Toast
eggs, tomato & pesto

Shakshuka
a classic North African and Middle Eastern dish made of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, garlic, and spices

Overnight Oats
vanilla yogurt, berries, granola, flaxseed & cinnamon

Benedict Bar
147° F sous vide eggs with choice of extras & hollandaise

Chia Seed Pudding
fresh fruit, cinnamon & muesli

Tomato & Asparagus Frittata
fontina & side of melon

Fluffy American Pancakes
cinnamon butter, fruit & thick-cut bacon

Mexico City
spiced black beans & cheese folded into a toasted tortilla and topped with eggs, salsa & avocado

Vikasa Yogurt & Muesli
inspired by a dish at a yoga resort in Thailand. Coconut yogurt, honey, granola, slivered almonds, golden raisins, pineapple & pumpkin seeds

Lunch

Caribbean Jerk Chicken
pineapple black bean salsa

Thai Spicy Papaya Salad
grilled prawns & muddled chiles

S.H.A.G. Panini
smoked ham, apple & gouda with summer salad

Mango, Avocado & Crab Stacked Salads
corn chowder & fresh rolls

Tuna Poke Bowl
steamed jasmine rice, avocado, edamame & wasabi-cilantro dressing

Burrata Caprese Stacks & Chilled Gazpacho
with French baguette

Toasted Tuna Salad Sandwich
pepper, tomato, onion & spices

Dinner

Prosciutto & Maple Salmon
crispy lemon & parmesan brussels sprouts

Taco Night
vegetarian spiced black beans & classic seasoned ground beef

Seared Sesame-Crusted Tuna
wasabi cauliflower mash & grilled asparagus

Honey Sriracha Chicken
garlic butter smashed potatoes

Salmon Burger
avocado salsa & cilantro lime rice

DIY Sushi Night
learn to make Maki, Tamaki & Nigiri

Pan Seared Scallops
chorizo, serrano & grilled corn salsa

Pasta Night
robust pepper marinara or hearty bolognese sauce

B.Y.O.Bab
skewers of marinated chicken, sausage, or seafood with onions, peppers & corn

Appetizers

Micro Caprese Salad

Melon, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Skewers

Goat Cheese & Marinara Dip

Spicy Lime Avocado Soup

Liver Pate, Fresh Fruit & Charcuterie Plate

Tuna & Avocado Wonton Cups

Plum Salad with Black Pepper & Parmesan

Baked Brie, Caramelized Onion & Pepper Jelly

Watermelon Fries, Coconut, Lime & Honey Dip

Spiced Goat Cheese Truffles

Chilled Cauliflower Chowder

Desserts

Mango Sticky Rice

Kahlúa Coffee Brownie Cheesecake

Homemade Lemon & Blueberry Sorbet

Gourmet S’mores

Cinnamon & Spice Gelato

Ginger Crème Brûlée

Strawberry Brownie Skewers

Chocolate-dipped Chewy Coconut Cookies

Neverland Libations

Watermelon & Lime Slushies

Cucumber, Ginger, Mint Aqua Fresca

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Fizz

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

Pineapple Mint Prosecco Punch

Frosé All Day

Pineapple Coconut Mojito

SV NEVERLAND

Amenities & Comfort
  • 6 zone air conditioning
  • 2 fans in each cabin
  • Ensuite bathrooms w/ separate shower stalls
  • Electric toilets with fresh water flush
  • Queen island beds, linens, and cooling gel memory foam mattress toppers
  • Extra wide ocean-view windows w/ shades
  • US 110v electrical sockets w/ USB throughout cabins and salon
  • 4-zone audio system throughout interior and exterior
  • Beverage refrigerator & icemaker in cockpit
  • Flat-screen Smart TV w/ USB, HDMI, Bluetooth, and our library of movies and tv shows
  • Outdoor BBQ grill
  • Upper deck lounge w/ sunbeds and sofa for at least eight guests
  • Adjustable loungers on foredeck lounge, couch, and trampoline
  • Extra-long sofa aft of cockpit
  • 10 person alfresco dining table in cockpit
  • Contemporary furnishings throughout
  • Natural body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and reef safe sunblock
Toys & Water Sports
  • AB Oceanus 13 VST w/ Yamaha 60 hp engine
  • Several action cameras, drones, and other photography & videography gear
  • 2-person tube
  • 2 Lamzac air loungers
  • Subwing Honeycomb Shark
  • 3x stand-up paddleboards
  • 6-person floating raft mat
  • Floating water loungers
  • 2 hanging over-water chairs
  • Snorkel gear – masks, snorkels & fins for all sizes
  • Fishing gear & tackle
  • Hot and cold deck shower
Gear & Gadgets
  • 2 x 75 hp Volvo Penta engines w/ Brunton autoprops
  • 88 lb Rocna anchor w/ 300’ 3/8” G4 high-test chain
  • AB Oceanus 13 VST RIB w/ console, 7 person capacity & Yamaha
    60 hp outboard engine
  • 13.5 kW Cummins Onan 120v/60hz generator
  • 480 watts solar
  • 3 kW Magnum hybrid inverter charger
  • 1,200 AH AGM house battery bank
  • 40 gal/hr fresh water maker
  • 2 x Bluefin LED Hammerhead H16 underwater lights
  • 1,000 watt, 4 zone Fusion and JL Audio entertainment system throughout interior and exterior, including 2 x 10” subwoofers
  • Raymarine eS-127 chartplotter, autopilot, and navigation instruments
  • Raymarine Ray60 VHF w/ 2nd station mic at helm
  • Standard Horizon HX870 floating handheld VHF w/ GPS & DSC
  • Vespar XB-8000 AIS transceiver w/ wifi
  • ACR GlobalFix V4 EPIRB
  • Delorme inReach Explorer GPS & satellite messenger
  • WiriePro 3G/4G/LTE & wifi amplifier and router, plus 6dBI booster antenna
  • Medic first aid kit
  • All required USCG safety equipment for guests and crew

CREW

We’re a couple of swashbuckling goofballs currently traveling the world and hosting sailing adventures on Neverland in beautiful destinations.

John - Captain & Scuba Instructor

Eryn - First Mate, Yogini & Chef

John's Bio

My name is John and I’ll be your captain on this adventure.

All my life I’ve craved adventurous exploration of this incredible planet that we call home—my curiosity is endless! After “adulting” for more than 20 years and spending way too much time behind a desk, I’m thrilled to finally be able to escape to Neverland.

I’ve been sailing for almost 10 years in many of the world’s most iconic sailing destinations, including Australia, French Polynesia, and all over the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Andaman Seas. After completing sailing school in the Virgin Islands, my first official week as a skipper was in Croatia where I had chartered a catamaran and filled it with adventurous (and very trusting!) friends. We sailed, dove underwater caves, scaled rock walls, and cliff dived. We cooked great feasts and had floating dance parties under the moonlight in secluded coves. We had epic bike rides along the coast and toured wineries in convertibles. More than anything we simply reveled in the wonder of it all! Since that incredible and memorable maiden voyage, I’ve been organizing sailing adventures all over the world.

Scuba diving and exploring under the sea is another passion of mine, and as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor I’d love to help others learn to enjoy the magical underwater world that awaits! Neverland will be seeing some major upgrades to enable us to independently visit and dive some of the world’s most remote and unspoiled locations. I’m also learning more about freediving and spearfishing and can’t wait to start catching more of our meals.

I’m so excited for the next phase of this company and this dream with the most incredible partner I could have ever hoped for. Eryn and I can’t wait to share our adventurous fun with you!

Eryn's Bio

I’ve loved boats and being on the water for as long as I can remember. My summers growing up revolved around tubing on Lake Michigan behind my grandfather’s bowrider and playing King of the Hill with my cousins on a makeshift island of floating rafts. When my grandparents decided they were done with winter and moved to Florida, my parents followed suit and we left Chicago to stay close to family.

Always a motor-girl, my first sailing experience didn’t occur until the winter of 2014. I immediately fell in love with the movement and quiet nature of sailing. Since the inception of Neverland Cruises, John and I have hosted trips in Turkey, Spain, Italy, Thailand, French Polynesia, and the Virgin Islands.

I have a passion for healthy, fresh food with a twist of comfort. I love taking cooking classes every new place we travel, most recently Thailand and Cambodia. My current favorite meals are maple-glazed salmon, or spicy papaya salad, and my signature cinnamon green smoothie.

I attained my RYT-200 yoga teaching certification on the lush island of Koh Samui, Thailand, and my Yin yoga certification in Bali. I love to flow through dynamic vinyasa-style sequences and end in deep soothing yin poses that will leave you floating through the rest of your day. Whether I’m teaching yoga on Neverland, up in the mountains of Colorado, or somewhere in-between, my most heartfelt desire in teaching is to spark a little of that magic waiting patiently within us all.

This adventure is challenging, fascinating, awe-inspiring and absolutely once-in-a-lifetime. I wake up every morning excited about what’s coming next, and no matter what we’re doing or who we’re with, I aspire to carry that excitement everywhere we go.

RATES

This trip is offered on an all-inclusive basis with by-the-cabin reservations.

$5,500 per cabin includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation for 2 guests in an ensuite queen cabin
  • Cruising Turks & Caicos
  • All meals and snacks on board
  • All soft drinks, coffee, tea, beer, table wine, and a full bar of alcoholic drinks on board
  • Use of all water toys, fishing and snorkel gear, and yacht amenities
  • Yoga and breathwork sessions with Eryn
  • Turks & Caicos cruising permit and taxes
  • Single occupancy rate $4,000 for private cabin

FYI

Arriving flight info: arrive at Providenciales International Airport (PLS) no later than 6:00pm Saturday, August 8

Departing flight info: depart Providenciales International Airport (PLS) no earlier than 6:00am on Saturday, August 15

Currency: the US dollar is the official currency

Electricity: T&C and on board Neverland are US 110v

Communications: Neverland has on board wi-fi with basic internet available whenever we’re within range of mobile towers

What to bring: soft luggage, swimwear, beachwear, rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, music, books, camera, personal snorkel gear if you prefer your own

We’ve got you covered: bath & beach towels, shower essentials, sunscreen, snorkel gear

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations include use of the following:

  • 3 queen cabins, each with private ensuite bath with electric toilet, wash basin and separate shower stall. All cabins have ample storage, a panoramic window, air conditioning, two fans, US 110v outlets and dimmable recessed lighting.
  • Social areas include an upper deck lounge with sectional couch and sunbed area with 360 degree view. Forward deck has spacious lounge area with adjustable reclining seating, trampoline and sunning areas. Aft deck offers lounge area plus alfresco dining. Salon offers lounge area with coffee table plus flat screen TV with many movies and USB capabilities.

GET SOCIAL

Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico - Turks and Caicos. ⛵ 5 days and nights of sailing. The moon was full, the winds were kind.

Eryn saw shooting stars that danced from one horizon to the other.
John was led into Turks and Caicos by a family of dolphins.

We're salty, exhausted, we still have a lot of hurdles to get this boat in shape but day by day we're making our way through. It feels great to be docked tonight in Provo.
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CONTACT

Feel free to contact us below for more information, questions or ideas. If you're interested in booking a charter on SV Neverland in the Virgin Islands, please use the contact form on the book page.