LITTLE WATER CAY NATURE RESERVE
This beautiful island is the easiest place in the world to see the endemic Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana – found only in these islands.
Little Water Cay is an island of approximately 116.2 acres, northeast of the Leeward area of Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. It is a low-lying former island. It is a very important wildlife habitat, particularly for the endangered endemic Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana (Cyclura carinata).
Nature lovers can observe several habitats on the cay, including mangrove and buttonwood communities, hyper-saline and tidal flat areas, coastal coppice, and coastal scrub. In addition to our diverse flora visitors can spot a good range of birds typical of coastal habitats such as Osprey, Brown Pelicans, several species of shorebird and Bananaquits.
Hermit crab are commonly seen after rain. Southern stingrays are commonly seen on the south shore sand flats. Lemon sharks prefer moderately deep tropical waters such as the water surrounding Little Water Cay.
Little Water Cay is a key site for the endangered endemic Turks and Caicos Islands Rock Iguana and an excellent eco-tour site for families.
Open every day between 09.00 am to 5.00 pm
Little Water Cay is a Nature Reserve and Protected Area. To protect the endangered iguanas please follow our “Iguana etiquette”. Follow the trails and signs on site. No dogs or cats are allowed, and there must be no disturbing or feeding of the iguanas and please keep noise to a minimum. Please reduce the risk of fire by not smoking. Litter attracts rats which destroy iguana eggs so there are no litter facilities on the island – please take your garbage away with you.
There are three levels of entrance fee to the Nature Reserve
The nature reserve entry fee of $10 per person gives admission to the visitor center and nature trail and a guided tour with a National trust guide lasting 15 to 20 mins
The nature reserve entry fee of $15 per person gives admission to the visitor center and nature trail including the guided tour plus use of the extended trail across the nature reserve
The nature reserve entry fee of $5 gives admission to Half Moon Bay
The visitor center has a small shop where you can buy local crafts. There is no toilet available though.
You are encouraged to obtain a pre-paid ticket from most tour operators. We also accept cash on the island. Sorry – we can’t accept credit cards here. Your tour guide or operators will provide you with your entrance ticket. Please ensure that this is presented to the National Trust Visitor Experience Officer/Warden upon your arrival.
For tickets and inquiries call (649) 941-5710 or (649) 232-6282 (National Trust Office)
Regulations: The National Trust wardens on Little Water Cay will meet you on the island. Please follow their directions. Remember: