A vacation centered on open-water swimming can be daunting, but the Caicu Naniki team turned it into one of my favorite holidays. Last year I decided that I would take the plunge and sign up for the 2012 Ironman Lake Placid race on June 22nd. While I am a strong swimmer in the lap pool, I knew that I needed a lot of work to get my open-water swimming skills to get to the Ironman level. After doing several days of online research and several phone calls to Ben, I booked a trip to Turks and Caicos centered around focused on several open-water swims.
Sitting down with the team, we planned out several multi-mile swims over the coral reef, along the stunning beaches of Providenciales, and even between islands. Not only is watching starfish, parrotfish and coral much more interesting than staring at a solid black lane-line, but having the Caicu Naniki support boat nearby with a supply of Gatorades, energy shots and sunscreen helped me focus on what I was doing: Swimming a long distance, far from land. And afterwards, we were rewarded with snorkeling through shipwrecks and along the reefs!
One of the biggest benefits was the open-water swimming knowledge that Ben shared with me. During the week in T&C, I kept a running list of the tips that he gave me on topics ranging from line-of-sight spotting (alligator eyes!), breathing, and the most efficient ratio of pulling to kicking for long distance. These tips helped me to post a swim leg in the top 15% for my age group.
Ben and the Caicu Naniki team were not only helpful in my training, but also helping select hotels, restaurants and even bars. I’ll be back in 2013 for the Race for the Conch!
We congratulate Ben for his choice of accommodation and tour guides in Cap Haitien as well as his attentive service in Provo. He was genuinely interested in ensuring that every part of our adventure went smoothly. We would highly recommend his services for any of his services whether to Haiti or within the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“I have had some of the best swims you can imagine with Ben along Grace Bay coastline, on Little Pine Cay, and of course over the beautiful coral reefs that surround the island. We also had a fantastic swim on Middle Caicos at a pristine piece of paradise called Mudjin Harbor. To leave it there would be selling Ben and Caicu Naniki way short . He is truly a ‘kid’ at heart and loves teaching swimming to locals and tourists. Ben has a gentle spirit and kind heart,and has gone to extremes to assure our trips with him have been absoloutely enjoyable each and every time out! I would recommend Ben and Caicu Naniki for any outdoor adventure in Turks and Caicos.“
North & Middle Caicos
When my girlfriend and I booked a North and Middle Caicos tour with Ben of Caicu Naniki, we were hoping for something that felt like a day out with friends. Ben and trainee Besma gave us exactly that. Ben had all the details of the day very well planned, but we never felt rushed. He’s a wealth of knowledge about the life, history, and culture of the islands.
Jake T. Soldier Pond, Maine
North & Middle Caicos Tour
If you are looking for a truly unique adventure, filled with history, local non touristy stops, beautiful beaches, caves, hiking along with a feeling of peace and serenity, you will be doing yourself a disservice if you do not select Caicu Naniki. We are going back to Turks & Caicos next year and will definitely contact them for another adventure filled day!
C. W. Sugarland, Texas
North & Middle Caicos and Haiti
“I had the opportunity to go on two eco-trips organized by Caicu Naniki. One to Middle Caicos and one to Northern Haiti. The memories are ever-lasting. The excursion team made me explore areas and sites that wow-ed. From the beautiful Mudjin Harbour on Middle Caicos to the green uphill climb in Northern Haiti, where we visited the famous citadel. You must experience it to realize the natural beauties, the friendly people, and experienced tour guides. I strongly recommend Caicu Naniki as your eco trip guides.”
Turks & Caicos Islands
“Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim
“The ‘Race for the Conch’ Eco-SeaSwim has become one of the most unforgettable memories of my life. The sea was beautiful and clear — like a giant swimming pool! I could see some fishes and the bottom. Though I have been to Saipan, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the sea of Turks & Caicos Islands is distinctive. We loved the Alexandra Resort on Provo and all the arrangements made by Caicu Naniki. The sunset of Grace Bay at the awards ceremony was beyond description.”
“So we made our first swim with Ben. He was so helpful to us that night. Ben gave us a lot of insight to race day, such as don´t rush the early swimmers, the swim route, how to swim near the pier when coming in, how to exit the water and more. He is always smiling and has been a joy to meet this summer. You can feel his passion is swimming.”
Diane Z. Francis
“Dear Ben, thanks ever so much for all your fabulous swimming teaching for our son (5) and daughter (3). They loved the lessons and they went from needing floating devices to being able to swim widths of the pool after 6 lessons! The kids are now even more enthusiastic about swimming, and we have learned some of your techniques for teaching them. It was extra helpful that you could speak Norwegian to them and make them feel even more at ease in the water. Like you said it would – it suddenly clicked!”
Lajla and Simon
Salt Cay and Middle Caicos
You and your people had a huge impact on our trips to Salt Cay and Middle Caicos! We’re so glad we chose your group–Caicu Naniki–for the personal touches!
Russell and Sara
Salt Cay Whale Watching
This turned out to be the experience of a lifetime, and even our teenagers were thrilled to get to swim with a very curious humpback whale. Salt Cay has some of the best beaches we have ever seen, and some of the friendliest people (and wild donkeys, cattle, chicken……). It is a very quiet island, but this is central to its charm. Our family’s Salt Cay experience will stay with us all as more than simply a vacation; Ben and Chloe were amazing and took care of all the arrangements for us. Thank you Caicu Naniki!