Long Bay Shipwreck
La Famille Express
La Famille Express
The Long Bay Shipwreck is the most famous shipwreck in the Turks & Caicos Islands. La Famille Express is located about 2 miles off Long Bay’s Kite Beach on Providenciales. When on Long Bay Beach, look directly out and you can’t miss it. It has been a major attraction of kite beach since its arrival in 2004 when it was dragged along the coast of Providenciales during Hurricane Frances. If you get the chance to pay her a visit, you might notice that mother nature has taken her toll when compared to the image to the left. The shipwreck is now much more rusty and many parts have since crumbled.
Kite to The Long Bay Shipwreck
With the right wind direction and conditions, it is possible for advanced kiters & foil boarders to kite upwind to La Famille Express. This is a 2 miles upwind ride and should only be attempted by advanced kiters who take all necessary safety precautions.
The Long Bay Shipwreck is a very fun area to kite and a great starting point for a downwind ride back to Long Bay’s kite beach.
Boat trips to The Shipwreck
Boat trips to The Long Bay Shipwreck are the most popular way to check out La Famille express. Most local boat charter companies offer this as a part of their trip options. Many boat charters will allow you to climb up onto the shipwreck and jump off, though we do not suggest this as it is extremely rusty & generally dangerous.
For a great boat charter option, check out our friends at Caicos Catalyst. Captains & owners Mat and Morgan are fellow kiteboarders and know the waters of the Turks & Caicos as well as anyhow. Their boats are very comfortable and reasonably priced.
History of La Famille Express
La Famille Express became firmly planted in the shallow waters of Long Bay during Hurricane Frances in 2004. Under the high winds, the unmanned vessel dragged its anchor from the South Dock area of Providenciales, a distance of almost 12 miles (19 km). This anchor is still in the water near the ship.
*information compliments of our friends at VisitTci.com
Amazing learning conditions in Turks and Caicos
White sand, miles of knee-to-waist-deep turquoise water, and consistent winds make Long Bay Beach one of the most welcoming places to learn kitesurfing. You will always find enough space away from other kiters and be able to stand and relax when needed.
Our Standards at KiteProvo of Turks and Caicos
KiteProvo of Turks & Caicos has certified kiteboarding instructors for all learning styles & abilities, who are dedicated to teaching in a professional and fun manner. We use top quality equipment and jet ski support to accelerate your learning and assure your safety.
Kite Provo Offers Even More to Do!
Take a magical journey through the shallow water estuaries of the beautiful Turks & Caicos ‘Mangrove Island’ nature reserve. Paddle alongside countless turtles, baby lemon sharks, pufferfish, rays, snapper, anemones, star fish, conch, pelicans and more.
Wing boarding is the newest wind powered water sport! Safe and easy to learn as the wing has no lines and the board doesn’t sink! With no previous wind or water experience, enjoy riding the board during your 1st lesson. Wing Boarding is for everyone!