Capt. Marvin's Watersports Celebrates 30 Years in Operation

Capt. Marvins Watersports, initially known as Turtle Parasail, began operating in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1991.

Today, 30 years later, the watersports operator said that it was proud to still the only locally owned and operated parasail company.

In the picture below is our first boat Almost Heaven and you can see how far the industry has changed over years.

The company is thankful to everyone that has flown with it over the years and helped it to grow into the company that it has become today.

Owner and operator Capt. Marvin Pratt said that the company continues to make smiles and memories for both residents and visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

With pristine tropical beaches that meet turquoise waters, the Turks and Caicos Islands is a magnet for North American tourists who seek adventures on the water including parasailing.

Capt. Marvins Watersports is based in Providenciales and operates two 28' Premium Custom USCG-certified twelve passenger, and one 31' Ocean Pro parasail boats. Chadt, a visitor from Georgia, USA, said "we went out on a whim and glad we did. So much fun and the crew was so helpful, nice and genuinely concerned with safety and our happiness. Me and my 18 year-old daughter went up and man you just get an unbelievable view from up there. We could see clear across the island."

The world's most beautiful island

Providenciales, the most populated of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is the most beautiful island in the world, according to the 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards.

The award is based on a system that takes into account the quantity and quality of opinions and comments on hotels, restaurants and attractions from around the world over a 12-month period.

Commenting on the award, TripAdvisor stated: "Providenciales is one of the world's top beach destinations. The diving and snorkeling is as convenient as it is stunning, thanks to miles of coral reef that's easily accessible from the shore. The upscale resorts and captivating beachscapes of Grace Bay make it a popular choice for waterfront escapes and destination weddings.

The cliffs and crags of Chalk Sound make a lovely backdrop for kayaking the bright turquoise waters."

"Our well-travelled community has uncovered the best islands around the world for that perfect island escape whether you want to lie on the beach or seek adventure," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. "To help travellers book their trips to these remarkable destinations, TripAdvisor has surfaced amazing island hotels to accommodate a range of travel budgets."

The World of Water

The turquoise waters around the Turks and Caicos Islands offers cool and thrilling watersports adventure all year round. For the first time in it’s history, the islands attracted more than 1 million tourists in a year, 2011, and the world of water had some part to play in luring them here. On the waters edge, you can get a tan, watch your children build sandcastles, read a book or go swimming. For the more adventurous, the list is endless and includes parasailing, skiing, wakeboarding, kiteboarding and snorkeling. Here are some highly recommended watersports activities you can try during your Turks and Caicos getaway:


In this activity, one or two persons are towed behind a boat while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a parasail wing. The boat then drives off, carrying the parachute and person(s) into the air. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute, but who cares, the views afforded are priceless.


With the waterskis strapped on and crouching down in the water, the boat accelerates with skier in tow. Nothing is left in the wake except great memories as you zoom through the water with the tropical breeze whistling through your hair.


Like waterskiing, wakeboarding is riding the surface of a body of water, except it’s like a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques. What a thrill on water!

Banana Boat Ride

Also known as a water sled and often referred to simply as a banana, this inflatable recreational boat is towed behind a powered boat. It usually accommodates three to ten riders sitting in tandem straddling the banana. Riding in a banana boat is considered to be a safer activity than water-skiing or other towed-water sports, and is similar to tubing.