Harbour Club Villas and Marina

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Six, one bedroom cottages for couples and or a group vacation

Harbour Club Villas and Marina is a group of six, one bedroom villas or cottages that sits on a rise between two waterfronts: we have Flamingo Lake on one side and the ocean at Cooper Jack Bay on the other on Provo’s more tranquil south side. We’re only a short, ten minute drive to Grace Bay beach and within easy reach of all major island attractions. Our small, island hideaway has a special appeal to couples, families or small groups looking for something a little bit different to your typical resort.

We have six, identical cottages surrounded by palm trees and tropical bushes and flowers, a gazebo with a barbecue/grill and seating right beside the pool. We offer our guests a unique location to stay at and from which to explore our island, visiting all our wonderful and varied beaches some of which are great for snorkeling and swimming, others for walking and shelling, and everyone can enjoy the amazing water and ocean we have in the Turks and Caicos.

It truly is that amazing turquoise colour!!

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Our location is unique between Flamingo Lake and the ocean at Cooper Jack Bay

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Six red roofs…..that’s Harbour Club Villas and Marina between ocean and lake

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A short walk takes you down to our marina where dive boats are moored.

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Such a beautiful shallow lake where bonefishing is a favourite pastime for some of our guests

BEACHES

Sunlovers and snorkelers love the beaches of Provo … soft, white sand with crystal-clear turquoise water providing swimming and great snorkeling close to the shoreline for all to enjoy. We’re just a five minute drive to Grace Bay beach.

SCUBA DIVERS

Enjoy the easy walk from the villas to the dive boats moored in and close by our marina by most of the islands’ best dive operators.

BONEFISHING

“Great villa accommodation and self guided Bonefishing right in front of your own private cottage as well as on the bonefishing flats of the south shore of Provo. Go when you want to go!”

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Grab your rod and be fishing in minutes right in front of your villa

BONEFISHING: The areas close to Harbour Club Villas are great for self guided bonefishing and DIY fishing. We have two lakes, Flamingo and Turtle Lake, plus a beautiful ocean flat just down the road. Grab your rod and go when you want to go! DIY bonefishing in the flats by Harbour Club Villas.

Bonefishing packages are available and everything can be arranged for you.

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At dusk, a lone fisherman casts to bonefish in Flamingo Lake right by our villas.

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YES! There are bonefish in the lake ……… all catch and release.

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The Marina at Harbour Club Villas is a center for scuba dive operators.


DIVING is spectacular in the Turks and Caicos Islands  and our Harbour Club Villa guests have this to say.

“The scuba diving was terrific and the 2 minute walk to the Marina
for 8:30 a.m. dives is the way to go!”

We have four of the island’s top dive operators operating out of our little marina: AquaTCI who are right on our doorstep, Provo Turtle Divers, Flamingo Divers and Caicos Adventures. We can help you book your DIVE PACKAGES.

All our guests have to do is walk down the driveway and onto the boats moored in the Marina.

Providenciales has some 90 dive sites on our spectacular reefs out at West Caicos, French Cay, Sandbore Channel and North West Point.

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AquaTCI island dive operator has it’s boat moored right in our marina a short walk from the villas.

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Divers heading on to dive boats ready for a day of diving out at French Cay or West Caicos

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Beautiful Cooper Jack Bay …..a view from the top of Jim Hill

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WOW – those perfectly flat calm days where you can see Five Cays and that awesome colour of the water!

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Cottage type accommodation with hand made stone walk ways and planters full of flowering plants.

Each Harbour Club Villa has:

  • Air-conditioning in the bedroom only
  • Ceiling fans throughout our vacation rentals
  • Louvered windows with screens to catch island breezes
  • Restful queen-sized bed
  • Bathroom with spacious walk-in shower
  • 1 comfortable queen sleeper sofa for additional guests
  • Dining table for 4
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • High, open beamed ceilings
  • Flat screen TV’s with Cable TV
  • WiFi internet access in ALL villas and by pool
  • Lockable safes in our vacation rentals
  • Private stone patios
  • Uninterrupted lake views
  • Eco friendly
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We have a spacious floor plan with several couches and chairs

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Louvered and screened window to catch the breezes

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Living area with couches, dining room table and chairs and a fully equipped kitchen

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Flat screened TV and WiFi service throughout the villas and grounds

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Sitting area with a sofa bed for those additional family and friends

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We have air conditioning only in the bedrooms with fans throughout

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Sofa beds have proper queen mattresses for additional comfort

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Bathrooms have a walk in shower

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Bedroom with a comfortable queen sized bed

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Dining room table with a view out the window of the lake

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Tiled floors and louvered and screened windows with a Caribbean feel

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Each villa has an outside patio with views of Flamingo Lake

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Having breakfast before heading out for some spectacular diving on our reefs

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A quiet spot to sit and have that evening drink or two

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Flowering bougainvillea in the walkway planters beside the villas with a lovely peaceful patio

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Our pool peaking through the trees and shrubs

OUR POOL AREA is just made for small group entertaining. We’ve had many wedding receptions here and group functions like yoga retreats, dive groups, family reunions, birthday and anniversary vacations where everyone can stay all together and enjoy the resort to themselves. Book your group event today….we can help you arrange everything!

 

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The walkway leading into the pool and gazebo at the villas

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Come and have a swim or read a book surrounded by flowers and palms

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The gazebo beside the pool where guests can meet and relax the day away

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The gazebo has a barbecue/grill for our guests to use……….great spot for wedding receptions too!

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Dip your toes in……….a perfect little spot to cool off

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A happy couple on their wedding day……a beautiful photo opportunity

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Lounge chairs for sunbathing or enjoy lunch in the shade of the umbrellas by the pool

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We have beautiful and colourful bouganvilleas flowering at our villa rental

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A quiet spot where you can have a nap in a hammock or read a book

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Our tree lined driveway made from rocks gathered from our property

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Enjoy a stunning marina sunset

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Complimentary kayaks are yours to explore the shoreline and it’s tidal beaches

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Aaaah, beautiful Grace Bay just a five minute drive from Harbour Club Villas

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Snorkel the Bight Reef and hopefully you may see the turtles

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A turtle at the Bight Reef….a great place to snorkel

The Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef are both great snorkel areas and they are only a ten minute drive away from our villas. Check with us and we will give you directions to all the best spots on Provo.

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And here’s a Spotted Eagle Ray cruising along the reef

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Now this little beach you will have to ask us about!

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Bonefishing the flats that are just down the road from our villas at Harbour Club

BONEFISHING:  There are bonefishing flats to wade and two lakes within walking distance of the villas. We overlook the Caicos Banks………shallow waters, wide open flats and great bonefishing. We have over the years compiled a guide which includes tips on where to bonefish, what flies work best and where, tidal flows in our area and numerous other fishy tales. A wealth of fish related info only available to our guests!

Guests can see bonefish tailing in the lake from our villa windows……grab your rod and go. DIY bonefishing at its’ best as our location is right on a bonefishing lake!

We have bonefishing packages with a great local island guide with great rates for our guests.

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We can book you on a bonefishing excursion with Provo’s best guide…………check out our bonefish packages.

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Birdwatchers and eco lovers will enjoy seeing the variety of birds and interesting flora and fauna surrounding the villas

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Harbour Club Villas……….the best in island accommodation

Let us help you plan a wonderful vacation on Provo. We’ve been here for over 15 years and we are ready to show you the south side of Providenciales. Call us and Book your holiday trip today.

 

See you soon,

Marta

 

 

http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

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Snorkel at Smith’s Reef

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Mike, GoPro in hand and ready for some snorkeling at Smith’s Reef

A new GoPro gift combined with summer “silly” season makes for ideal conditions for snorkeling here on island. Only stipulation being that I get to use any of Mike’s underwater shots in my blog. Mike’s photo’s are absolutely stunning.

Smith’s Reef is relatively easy to find but many people miss the outer mini wall. Currently you are right there if you take the little trail from the road that winds through the bush leading to the observation tower. (The old way in).

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A map of the reef showing the 22′ channel where often you’ll see rays.

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The sandy area with the discoloured, slightly yellowish area closer to the horizon being the mini wall.

 

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Another beautiful Provo day just made for some snorkeling.

Just a few words before you set out to enjoy and explore our reefs.

Please do not touch or stand on anything as coral is a living animal and be sure not to brush anything with your flippers, equipment or gear.

Do not cover yourself heavily with sunscreen before snorkeling and of course biodegradable lotions are available and better yet, buy a rash guard.

Please do not chase any sea life or try to feed.

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A Green Sea Turtle poses for photos beside a Purple Sea Whip.

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Smile you’re on camera.

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A Spotted Eagle Ray passing through.

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Love the reflections in the water.

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A Porcupine Fish showing spines swims amongst the coral.

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A six foot nurse shark rests on the sandy bottom.

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Big and docile just resting on the bottom ready for a photo shoot.

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A passing summer storm intensifies the turquoise colours.

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And meanwhile along the shore, a rock pool find of a Helmet Shell.

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Such beauty surrounds us and take a look at the exquisite markings on this shell.

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See the eyes peeking out of the shell of this baby conch and the claw-like operculum with which they move across the ocean floor.

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Back to the reef and this beauty…..a Honeycomb Cowfish apparently quite rare.

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Love those eagle rays as they gracefully glide through the waters.

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Mike says this green turtle took a keen interest in the camera.

All the amazing underwater photos are taken by Mike so I thank him for letting me use them for my blog.

Enjoy the reefs everyone but please take care as you snorkel to preserve and protect the coral and sea life.

Snorkel responsibly and have fun.

Marta

 

http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

 

 

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South West Bluff and Osprey Rock

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Views of Chalk Sound and its magnificent colours on the way down to the south west tip of Provo

A perfectly beautiful Sunday and a trip is planned to head down to the southern most tip of the island at South West Bluff and Osprey Rock. I always enjoy this excursion and make sure all my batteries are fully charged. There’s always so many plants, birds, views and our extraordinary clear ocean with its’ marine life to photograph.

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A Black Legged Stilt was very vocal as he tried to scare me away.

There’s a beautiful pond area as you get closer to the little beach by Osprey Rock. There seems to always be salt foam looking much like snow. This Sunday there were several Black Legged Stilts and they really didn’t like my being there. Perhaps there were nests as they tried to ward me off.

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A large patch of wild sea island cotton

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Sea island cotton has such pretty yellow blossoms

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The first view you get of the beach and rocks at South West Bluff looking towards Bonefish Point

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One section of the beach is strewn with old conch shells

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The ocean looking from the pirate’s cave

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Pretty beaded periwinkle shells line the jagged rocks as you wade through the shallow waters.

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Sand ripples and Osprey Rock in the background

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The shallows on the sandbar at Bonefish Point with a cushion sea star.

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Chitons are found attached to the rocks

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Interesting rock formations

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The waters are so very clear …….. you can see everything!

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An osprey stands in the water and he knows I’m there.

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The lowest tide I’ve ever seen out on the sandbar at Bonefish Point

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A cushion sea star on Bonefish Point in the shallow flats.

Such an amazing area for a picnic lunch with friends and do take a walk down to Bonefish Point. I can assure you that you will see so many interesting things as you walk along the beaches and rocks. It is one of Provo’s gems and one of my favourites.

Enjoy,

 

Marta

 

 

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Nesting Mourning Dove Part 2

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This little Mourning Dove set up her nest in the rafters of the Tiki Hut at Harbour Club Villas and Marina. I’ve been photographing the nest and the parent doves for several weeks now. Here are the photos taken up until today, June 19, when I caught all the action of the little birds spreading and fluttering their wings and leaving the nest for the big wide world.

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Fluffing out those feathers so I was pretty sure the flight day was pretty close

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Feeding time as the little dove returns to the nest to feed his/her little ones.

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Getting big and ready to fly

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Time to spread those wings

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I’m watching you!!

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Away we go as the little birds leave the nest and head along the rafters

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Everyone safely down from the rafters of the Tiki Hut and onto the gravel in the parking lot

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both parents are watching out for the chicks

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They scuttled across the parking lot and the parents tucked them safely into a little sheltered spot off the drive way leading down to the marina

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They finally flew into the vegetation on our hill

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Sad to see them go…what am I going to photograph now?

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Nesting Mourning Dove

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Mourning dove on her nest in the rafters of our tikihut.

We saw some twigs and straw sticking out of the rafters of the tikihut at Harbour Club Villas and Marina. As we went to clean it up, we discovered this pretty little Mourning Dove on its nest of twigs.

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Close up of its head and extraordinary colours around the eye.

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Here’s the nest up on a beam in Harbour Club’s tikihut by the pool.

The mourning dove is named for the rather haunting and sad cooing sound it makes. When it flies, it’s wings make a whistling sound. They are mostly seed eaters that feed on the ground and here at Harbour Club Villas, we often see them pecking at the gravel under our neem trees.

 

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The dove definitely didn’t let me out of her sight.

I couldn’t resist shooing it off the nest so that I could photograph the two eggs. Both parents will build a rather flimsy platform nest usually up high in a tree or a bush. The eggs hatch after 14 days or so and one is laid in the evening and the second one in the morning. Now I didn’t know that both parents care for the little ones. I have noticed another dove hanging around that has been spotted on the roof of the tikihut. I also learned that it’s usually the male that incubates the eggs during the day and the female at night. I don’t know that I can tell the difference between the male and the female.

 

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Two white eggs in a very sparse looking nest of twigs.

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My hand just to give you an idea of the size of the eggs

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Someone is watching me very carefully? Not sure if this is a male or female.

The mourning dove is 9-13 inches in length and has a wingspan of 15-18 inches. It has a grayish-brown body and quite a long, pointed tail that has a border of white. The dove’s head is small and rounded with a small, thin, black bill. Legs and feet are pink. The wing has black spots and there is a black spot under the eye. The eyes are brown and surrounded by a blue circle of skin. Males and females look alike, but the female is slightly smaller and duller in color.

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The dove started to puff up as I brought my camera closer.

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Fanning out wings and tail feathers to ward me off in the hopes I would go away.

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How beautiful are those tail feathers!

Both parents will feed the chicks that are also called squabs. They are fed pigeon milk which is a mixture of water, fat, minerals, and protein that the male and female mourning doves produce in their crop.  The crop is a sac that is found at the bottom of their esophagus.

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Two little baby doves huddled together……….no wonder the dove was protective.

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Close up of one of the little doves.

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The chicks will fledge when they are 2 weeks old.

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Nestlings are cared for by both parents and fledge in about 12-14 days.

In the days to come, I will add more photos as the chicks grow and leave the nest.

Marta

 

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Cushion sea star or starfish in the shallows.

A more modern name for Asteroidea or starfish is now Sea Stars. Usually they have five arms but sometimes a few species have more. Here are some beautiful Sea Stars that I have found and photographed around Providenciales out at Bonefish Point, Grace Bay, Taylor Bay as well as other areas of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Snorkeling the underwater world often brings an exciting discovery of a brightly coloured cushion sea star

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Knobby spines create a geometric design of orangey brown and yellow.

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Loads of starfish or sea stars found in Grace Bay

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Tiny crab found on the under side. Tube feet located under the arms have small suckers.

The red cushion star can be very large, sometimes growing to about 50 centimetres (20 in) in diameter. It usually has five thick, broad arms projecting from a cushioned disc  therefore the name. The colour of adults is some shade of red, orange, yellow or brown. The juveniles are greenish-brown with mottled markings which provide camouflage from predators.

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A juvenile Cushion Sea Star

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Small two spined sea star washed up as the tide goes out

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Front and back of the two spined sea star found out at S W Bluff on Providenciales

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Burying itself in the sand

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Not sure what kind this one is

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Pretty shot as it buries itself in the sand

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Seemed to have one longer arm?

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Pretty painted toes as a size guage

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Showing the underside with small suckers or tubes

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Red Spiney Sea Star found out at South West Bluff on Provo

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This one had lost an arm

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Osprey Rock in the background with a little Red Spiny sea star

Sea stars are often found in calm shallow waters (depths from 1 – 37 m) and more commonly occur on calcareous sandy bottom. The ones I’ve found have been mainly out at Bonefish Point just off the sandbar. It’s a beautiful spot to enjoy our “beautiful by nature” Turks and Caicos Islands on your next trip to Provo.

Happy Sea Star watching everyone.

 

Marta

 

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Half Moon Bay

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What a treat……..I’m thinking this had to be JoJo wanting to play with the boat.

What an amazingly beautiful day as guests headed out on an afternoon excursion on the turquoise waters …… look at the colours! We were just off Leeward Going Through when look who joined us? I’m pretty sure that it was JoJo the dolphin come to play. He stayed with us for a bit and then we were off headed for some snorkeling at the reef, iguanas, conch salad, Half Moon Bay and followed by some fun tubing  and water slide. Provo has many excellent boating, cruising and water fun excursions to offer as the one we were on. For more information, just contact us and we can make some suggestions.

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Our sensational waters………a turquoise like you’ve never seen before. WOW!

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Turks and Caicos rum punch coming up.

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Waves breaking on the reef as we prepare to do some snorkeling.

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Beautiful corals and a variety of fish as we snorkel beyond the cut.

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Island Vibes took us out for a glorious afternoon in the Provo sunshine.

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Love those silver palms precariously perched at the far end of Half Moon Bay

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The far end of the beach at Half Moon Bay is so beautiful to photograph….an idyllic spot.

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Found an Oyster Catcher sunning himself on the rocks. Not at all disturbed by the camera!

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A walk along the beach and such glorious colours

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Such an impressive looking iguana. The Rock Iguana Cyclura Carinata has had to be re introduced to less populated cays

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Conch shell on the beach. A delicious “fresh from the sea” conch salad was made and enjoyed by all.

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The kids had such fun tubing , sliding and jumping off the top of the boat.

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Smiling faces in the foaming wake of the boat while tubing.

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For an old guy, he still has it!! Diving off the top of the boat.

Book your excursions and enjoy being on the water in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Our beaches are spectacular and you can enjoy a cruise, diving for conch, taste some “as fresh as you can get it”conch salad, stop for some snorkeling on the reef, see iguanas and simply let the world float by as you finally relax on “island time”.

You too may be lucky and have JoJo the dolphin join in the fun.

 

Marta

 

http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

 

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Jim Hill Nature Walk

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Jim Hill view towards Five Cays…….such calm turquoise waters today.

What an awesome  day it was today. One look at that turquoise, flat calm water and a quick trip up Jim Hill ended up being a good two hours. There was an abundance of glorious wild flowers in full bloom after the rains of last week. The Turks and Caicos Islands are blessed with so much natural beauty.

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The wispy, dried and twig like Broom Brush has undergone a transformation and now has white delicate flowers.

Most of the year, the Broom Brush goes un noticed as it looks withered and dry most of the time. The rains of last week created the greening of the branches and an abundance of delicate white flowers. The Broom Brush is endemic to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.

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Jacquemontia Havanensis is a twining vine and the flowers on this one had pretty pink highlights.

Many of the shrubs were covered with this little vine with star shaped flowers. Many were white but there are variations with pink and light blue colours.

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I love the scent of the Bahama Strong Back which is similar to jasmine.

This shrub provides food for birds and insects and the fragrant flowers are a source of nectar for butterflies and the Bahama Woodstar Hummingbirds found in the Turks and Caicos. And when you boil the twigs and leaves making it into a tea, it relieves back pain and has medicinal properties. I’ve heard it is good for tummy problems too.

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This Old Man Cactus is about to burst out with a beautiful flower……..it generally blooms at night.

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Blooms are extraordinary…….satin like and with a cloying scent.

The Old Man Cactus flower is attractive to insects and butterflies and its bright red fruit is loved by our local birds.

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The Wild Senna has beautiful bright yellow flowers.

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The Candlewood when not flowering looks like a miniature holly bush.

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The Candlewood has bright spikey orange flowers with four longer stems that look like candles, thus the name.

 

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Encyclia Altissima, our beautiful wild orchid

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I don’t know what this is but it was a pretty little daisy like weed.

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Just love this one with its delicate seeds and turquoise sea background.

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Sea Sage has to be one of my favourites with its multi pink and yellow cluster flowers.

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Heading down Jim Hill towards the marina and Harbour Club Villas.

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How I love the Wild Passionflower vine and this one was in full bloom….. check out the little caterpillar.

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A little snail on the Sea Grape bush.

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Pretty butterfly hovers above the passion vine.

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The lovely Melochia with its’ pinkish purple flowers

A beautiful day, a wonderful photographic excursion to enjoy our local wildflowers.

Look around you as you enjoy our beautiful by nature islands.

 

Marta

 

http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

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Times of the Islands

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Times of the Island……….a beautiful island magazine that’s published four times a year.

Times of the Islands current issue for Winter 2015/16 is on the stands now and I’m so excited and proud of my cover photo! Taken on a stunningly beautiful day from the top of Jim Hill. It was one of those days filled with reflections and calm flat waters that you dream about and try to capture the beauty. I know I did!!

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Taken on the same day, a fishing boat heads off to French Cay and passing the Five Cays in the background.

This issue had several of my photos as you browse through reading some great articles. I was surprised to find my photo of bonefishing with Darin Bain taken on another clear bonefishing day on the back side of Middle Caicos.

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Bonefishing with Darin off Middle Caicos…no land in sight just a perfect, top class bonefishing day.

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Joe Cermele and his beautiful bride on his honeymoon trip to Provo. What else would you do but fish???

Joe Cermele of Field and Stream wrote an article for Times of the Islands and I arranged for him to go out with Darin on this day so I could take photographs for my bonefishing portfolio. The article is called “If You Love Me, Let Me Fish……..A newly wed’s quest for Provo bonefish.” Here’s the exert  from this moment when I had gone into the water to catch some shots of the boat.

“Are those all bonefish?,” I ask Darin in disbelief of what I’m seeing. He grins and tells me I’m not going crazy. I cast directly into the center of what must be 200 gray ghosts swimming in unison like choreographed jets in an air show. I hook one instantly and the entire school follows its struggling brother. Cameras flash as I land the fish and quickly return it to the turquoise water. The school hasn’t moved far. For the next 40 minutes, bone after bone attacks my fly in what I can only describe as the antithesis of everything I know about the species. Bonefish are sly, wary, and cunning fighters. These fish would strike a hotdog if I presented it to them, and they have no qualms about swimming right up to the boat. Christen even lands a few after I hook them up. “

 

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Times of the Islands winter issue has a great article on the TSPCA……….all volunteer run. Here are the judges at the annual dog show.

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The TCSPCA has a remarkable and dedicated group of volunteers………they are all amazing people.

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My favourite little donkey taken on Salt Cay

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He was just the cutest little guy

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A flock of flamingos on Salt Cay out at North Creek

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Such beautiful flamingos taken on a trip to Salt Cay

Times of the Islands is a publication worth taking home with you. If you’d like to read the magazine from cover to cover, the link is below.

http://www.timespub.tc/pdfpub/Winter%202015-2016%20Times%20of%20the%20Islands.html

Marta

 

http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

 

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Diving in the Turks and Caicos

 

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Harbour Club Villas and Marina has dive boats leaving daily for many of our spectacular dive sites.

It’s more than time to tell you about our spectacular reefs and diving and WOW, the visibility is easily in the range of 80 feet or more. I must confess that I don’t dive and have to rely on these wonderful dive folks and our guests for underwater photos. The marina at Harbour Club Villas is home to several dive companies which makes for a very convenient few minutes walk for our diving guests. If you are diving with Flamingo Divers, Aqua TCI,  Caicos Adventures or Provo Turtle Divers, you’re just a short easy walk away from your dive boat! We have six, cottages just made for a great diving vacation for couples, families as well as small dive groups.

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Our scuba divers can have breakfast in the morning overlooking a lake view.

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A short walk in the morning takes you down to our docks where Aqua TCI have their boat moored.

A short walk further down the dock, you will find Provo Turtle Divers, Flamingo Divers and Caicos Adventures. All are within walking distance from our villas……….so how convenient is that! You can be up and out the door, walk down to the dock and be on your dive boat within minutes.

Divers will be amazed at the numerous dive sites (some 90 sites) found in the Turks and Caicos Islands……..North West Point, West Caicos, Sandbore Channel, French Cay and Grace Bay. Boat rides are generally 40 minutes or so from our dock.

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The boat channel opens out into Cooper Jack Bay.

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Harbour Club’s Marina is the eastern portion of South Side Marina where several dive operators moor their boats.

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Flamingo Divers are usually the first to head out for dive sites at West Caicos, French Cay or the North West Point………..there’s some 90 sites out there.

Flamingo Divers with Mickey and Jayne are specialists in small group diving with a maximum of 8 divers. A high percentage (some 83%) are returning divers and they         tailor dive profiles to suit preferences and levels of experience. 

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An amazing experience as Mickey and Jayne swim with a Humpback whale for some 60 minutes.

Jayne writes “Stairway to Heaven at West Caicos. Well….this site earned its name today!We spent 60 minutes hovering and watching this gentle giant hang in front of us, and drift up every 15 minutes for a breath of air, and promptly swim back to us again. When our air consumption finally dictated our ascent, we swam to the anchor line and slowly began ascending, only to look behind and watch him follow us! With us hanging at 15 ft, and him at about 20 ft, we simply stared at each other for another 3 minutes until, bittersweetly so, we had to finish our dive.”

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Great excitement on seeing a whale shark.

Aqua TCI is Provo’s newest dive operator and their boat, Aquatic Safaris II is a 30ft (10m) Island Hopper with a nice wide dive deck and big engine. Bill and Stephanie have been diving for 20 years and their mantra is “All that’s required from you is to relax, dive and chill! They do all the work and all you have to do is ENJOY.

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Here they are heading out with a group taking a course on to become Invasive Lionfish Tracker specialty divers.

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Coming out of the channel and on the way to French Cay………what a day………..flat calm.

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French Cay is a protected island and bird sanctuary with numerous dive sites.

French Cay is a tiny atoll about 15 miles due south of Providenciales and offers virtually no shelter from the seas so it simply has to be dived in good, calm weather. It is well worth the 50 minute boat ride with some of the best walls and reefs in the islands. It has two distinguishing features which make for great dives. First, the wall faces south and is usually well lit by the sun’s rays. Secondly, the top of the wall is relatively shallow at 40 feet and well covered with coral clumps rather than the sand bottom which is found on West Caicos sites.

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Caicos Adventures with Philipe “Fifi” is probably the dive company that heads the most to French Cay.

Philipe “Fifi” and his sleek catamaran dive and snorkel boats are a short walk away from our villas. He has been pioneering Turks and Caicos Scuba diving since 1988. He has shocked many a diver by free diving and this includes my husband Barry when he was invited to come out on the Caicos Cat one day with Fifi. This group of great people encourage their guests to relax, laugh & have a good time. Caicos Adventures wants you to have an incredible journey, viewing “life as it should be.”

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Nostalgia time from 2003 as Fifi prepares to lead the dive……….this man does NOT age and it’s because he has a great passion for diving in the TCI!

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Percy, one of our guests took this photo of a hammerhead out at French Cay

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Flamingo Divers have the most amazing shots of sharks………..you’ll see many of them on your dives.

 

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Mickey comes face to face with a shark out cruisin’. Great photo by one of Harbour Club’s guests Jed Daniel.

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Art Pickering’s Provo Turtle Divers taking a break way back in 2002.

Provo Turtle Divers is the oldest dive operation in the TCI and established in 1970.  For over 44 years they have dived French Cay, West Caicos, Northwest Point and Sandbore channel which is between NW Point  and West. Art discovered and named most of the dive sites.

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Here he is, the man himself………..Art Pickering.

Dave and Melinda have owned Provo Turtle Divers since 2002 and “Chuck’s Honey” has been sold and replaced by Chuck’s Mate, a 36 foot Newton Dive special which will hold between 12 and 14 divers but capable of taking on a few more.

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Here’s Chuck’s Mate heading off on a beautiful Provo morning.

Provo Turtle Diver’s commitment to guests is for you to see the walls and critters – not bubbles and fins.  

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And YES, you may be lucky enough to see JoJo the dolphin. This photo is by Jodi from Snuba TCI

I wanted also to mention our friend Jodi, the “snuba lady” as she’s fondly called. Jodi operates Snuba TCI and in the winter months will dock her boat at Harbour Club Villas and Marina. If you’re not quite ready for some diving, Jodi will ease you into an amazing underwater experience with a snuba introduction. You are attached to a breathing tube that’s connected to tanks in a raft that floats above you. You’ll be able to see the coral reefs, fish and undersea life right up close. Snorkeling is available too!!

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Snuba TCI with Jodi also keep their boat in our marina but only during the winter month’s when sometimes it can be rough on the North shore and Grace Bay.

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Snuba TCI with Jodi and sometimes (quite often) you will see turtles.

A little note for those who don’t dive. No need to be left behind as ‘Bubble watchers’ can come out with the divers on all the boats.

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Harbour Club Villas is perfect dive accommodation …. so convenient and easy. We’ll do all the work for you!

And so, when you are ready to plan that dive trip to the Turks and Caicos, give us a call or send us an email. We have most of the dive operators within walking distance of our villa accommodation. We can book everything for you and as you can see, we have the best dive operators right here. These dive operators all leave daily from close by Harbour Club’s Marina and head for Providenciales’ most spectacular diving – uninhabited West Caicos and French Cay, located on the edge of the Caicos banks where the wall drops to deep blue depths of 7000 feet.

 

Marta   http://www.diving.tc

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