Why You Should Visit Iguana Island, Turks and Caicos

Published September 7, 2021

Little Water Cay, also known as Iguana Island, Turks and Caicos, is home to the few remaining Rock Iguanas that, in the past, inhabited most of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana, Cyclura carinata, is the largest non-extinct indigenous land animal found in Turks and Caicos. Only around 50,000 Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas are thought to exist currently, making them critically endangered. So, why should making a trip to Iguana Island be at the top of your list when visiting Turks and Caicos?

Rock Iguanas Are Endangered

It’s not every day that you get an opportunity to see an endangered animal in its natural habitat. Animal lovers and nature enthusiasts truly enjoy witnessing these iguanas, especially knowing that they may not be around forever. The Rock Iguanas used to be found on all of the Turks and Caicos Islands, but since the introduction of dogs and cats by humans, their population has rapidly declined and are no longer found on most of the islands. 

Rock Iguanas Are Only Found on Iguana Island and Big Ambergris Cay

Iguana Island is only one of two remaining strongholds for the Rock Iguanas. Big Ambergris Cay is under development for tourism, so it is not an ideal destination to witness the iguanas in their natural habitat. Iguana Island, however, is a nature preserve that is crawling with these fantastic creatures thanks to the extensive conservation efforts on the island. There are two sets of boardwalks that loop around on both the north and south sides of the island, so it is easily accessible, and as long as visitors stay on the paths, they should be able to avoid disturbing the iguanas. It is imperative to keep on the designated boardwalks and do not litter, do not touch, and do not feed the iguanas. 

Visiting Iguana Island Doesn’t Take All Day

Your time on vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands is precious, so you’ll likely want to pack in as much fun as possible. If visiting the island only, in total it takes about 2-3 hours round trip. So you can plan to visit Iguana Island, Turks and Caicos and still have plenty of time for other fun activities like snorkeling or fishing! It’s also great for families with small children who may not have the attention span to spend a lot of time on one activity. 

You Can Kayak to Iguana Island

Iguana Island is not far from the Leeward Marina on Providenciales (about 456 meters or 0.28 miles). If you have access to kayaks, you and your group can have a fun time kayaking out to the island to visit the iguanas. It is important to note that you’ll want to be aware of the currents in the channel between Iguana Island and Providenciales, but if you have any trouble, there are plenty of boats and other people in the area who can assist you. 

It’s A Fun Trip to Take By Boat

Iguana Island is best accessed by boat, especially if you have younger children who want to go, so if you ever needed an excuse to take a boat charter in Turks and Caicos, now you have one! Cruise along a crystal clear blue channel and get to the island in no time at all. Many boat charters will also take you around to other islands in the area and plan time for snorkeling, fishing, or even a fun beach BBQ. Plus you get an experienced, local guide to show you all of the best spots!

Book A Boat Charter to Iguana Island 

When you book a boat charter tour with Caicos Dream Tours, you gain access to the many beautiful areas of the Turks and Caicos Islands, including Iguana Island! The Turks and Caicos Snorkeling Tour and Private Boat Tour are both excellent options for seeing these incredible creatures up close and personal in their natural habitat. Visit the website to book your boat tour today

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