close at hand
Although the island of Providenciales is relatively small, half-day excursions explore places of interest such as the historic plantation ruins at Cheshire Hall, rock carvings at Sapodilla Hill and the “Hole”, a curious sinkhole. Caicos Conch Farm, on the eastern end of the island, is the only place in the West Indies where the conch is commercially produced. Additionally, there are a few shops offering locally-made items such as traditional Middle Caicos woven baskets and artwork by resident and Caribbean artists.
The Turks and Caicos is said to have some of the finest fishing grounds in the Caribbean. Notable among potential catches is the highly elusive bonefish, pound for pound considered saltwater fishing’s best ‘ fighting fish’. Amanyara works with local guides who know the best spots around the island to test your skills year-round against this wily scrapper. Both light tackle and deep-sea game fishing are also popular as the Atlantic blue marlin run all year with catches ranging in weight from 45 to 181 kilograms (100 to 400 pounds) or more. Wahoo, tuna and kingfish can also be caught. A number of fishing boats departing from the island’s marinas are available for charter.
The Providenciales Golf Club is a 35-minute drive from Amanyara and is rated amongst the top 10 courses in the Caribbean. The 18-hole, championship course was designed by Karl Litten and opened for play in 1992. The course is a combination of lush greens and fairways, rugged limestone outcrops and freshwater lakes. A four-tee position system offers a formidable test for golfers of all skill levels. The Pro Shop provides equipment rental. Professional instruction can also be arranged.
Amanyara’s dive operator offers guided snorkel adventures at nearby reefs and kayaking trips through the Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve.