When visiting the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa there really is no need to leave the facilities. There’s a fantastic beach, 8 freshwater pools, 16 specialty restaurants, a kids program and so much more. But if you’ve made the trip all the way to Turks and Caicos, why not explore the environment around you.
Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours showcase the culture, beauty and natural resources that define islands. From twilight cruises to shopping to eco kayak tours, Island Routes offers a variety of expeditions to suit your interests.
My 3-year old loves fish and could spend an entire day wondering an aquarium so you can imagine how excited she was when I told her we would be going on the Underwater Submarine Adventure, taking a submarine boat to see fish in their natural habitat.
Island Routes offers pick-ups at a variety of locations but as we were staying at the Beaches Resort, they have a tour desk and pick-up right at the Caribbean Village. After a bumpy van ride we arrived at the dock to be greeted by our submarine boat. As you can imagine it’s not a real submarine but rather a specialty designed boat with a glass window bottom. That being said, it did feel like you were entering a submarine as we climbed down into the very bottom of the boat.
Unlike glass bottom boats that ride along the top of the water, the Island Routes submarine boat submerges you right into the middle of the water (without getting wet of course).
This also means you are inside and the quarters are cramped. Once you have your seat there’s no moving around. There are fans in the boat so it doesn’t get too hot. The kids riding in the boat, and there were a few on our tour, loved spotting fish. It was great to hear the shout-outs to Dori (she appeared a few times) and even a few mermaids were spotted. I never saw one but my daughter and another travel companion swear they saw a few.
I’m not a person who suffers from claustrophobia but I did feel pretty faint during the ride. Everyone else seemed fine but if you do feel like you need air you can go up on deck, an advantage over a traditional submarine.
The tour itself lasted about an hour and it is a tour kids can enjoy (though no infants are allowed).
The underwater submarine adventure was a nice addition to our Beaches vacation, giving us a taste of a bit of the island life that we normally wouldn’t experience if we stayed at the resort. Island Routes also offers tours in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua and Bahamas.
Thanks to the folks at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa and Coastal International for making the trip possible.