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Address: Providenciales
Phone Number: 649-231-0624
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Description: The S/V ATABEYRA is a 69', traditionally rigged trading schooner that...
The S/V ATABEYRA is a 69', traditionally rigged trading schooner that retired from cargo service 16 years ago. The vessel traded for years between Hispaniola and the Turks & Caicos Islands carrying such commodities as rum , beer, produce, plants and building materials. The ship has been refit as a charter vessel and now stays close to home in the sheltered waters of Grace Bay and the Caicos Cays of Turks and Caicos Islands. The S/V ATABEYRA is the perfect platform for learning hands on operation of traditional sailing craft, for exploring the exquisite undersea world and many islands that surround us or just lounging on her spacious, shaded decks. No vessel in the TCI charter fleet is as large or as versatile.Sun Charters and the ATABEYRA crew offer our guests a unique opportunity to get real sailing experience aboard the last of the tropical trading schooners. Being a gaff-rigged vessel carrying two headsails, there are lots of lines to pull, many sails to tend, and the skipper will even be happy to let you take the helm. Feel the past come alive as we sail through the uninhabited chain of Caicos Cays the same way it was done hundreds of years ago. The Cays were once the lair of the infamous lady pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Reid, and the waters and surrounding islands remain basically untouched since that time.The Crew of the Good Ship Atabeyra are proud that she is overwhelmingly the boat the residents choose when recreating in the Caicos Cays.
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Glow Worm Sunset Cruise a Success!

Had a lovely evening sail on the Atabeyra. The weather and sunset were perfect. While not swimming in glow worms, there were more than enough to satisfy our curiosity. My only... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
Torry C
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I made an online reservation, also exchanged emails and called David when we arrived. Told us to bring our own sandwiches which is a little unusual but I was ok with it. Introduced myself when we disembarked the glow worm sail. He had no idea who I was and when I told him we would be on snorkel sail tomorrow... More 

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Kalik_Kalik, Owner at Sun Charters, responded to this review

I would have hoped that our 300th TA review would have been a little less critical, but I am grateful that Tripadvisor allows us the chance to address all criticisms. Atabeyra is primarily a Private Charter sailing yacht that has been catering to the TCI market for almost 20 years. We are continually striving to improve our product, and TA... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Had a lovely evening sail on the Atabeyra. The weather and sunset were perfect. While not swimming in glow worms, there were more than enough to satisfy our curiosity. My only pet peeve if that I was stuck holding empty cans/cups for most of the evening, despite asking a few times how to dispose of. And the communal chips/salsa were... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

7 of us took a half day trip. It was excellent and seemed to us to be pretty good value compared to other private boat trips we looked at. The crew were great. We had three teens with us and they went out of their way to get them involved. Hoisting the sails etc. All in all a memorable part... More 

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Madison, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We had a wonderful time on the boat with Dave and Junior. They made all of us feel very comfortable while they handled all the work during the 4 hour cruise. Rum punch and snacks were graciously served. We sailed out to the reef for some snorkeling and then up to one of the other islands to yet another beautiful... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My wife and two teenage children took the half-day sailing/snorkeling trip. And we loved it. The boat is a lot of fun (and quiet under sail or when motoring). The scenery is, of course, excellent. And the crew is very nice, casual (yet professional) and knowledgeable. It was a perfect trip. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EXCURSION (and this is coming... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

One of the highlights of our week in TCI was the half-day excursion on the ATABEYRA, a former rumrunner schooner. The very friendly and competent crew motored us out to a reef for snorkeling, and a private beach for swimming, more snorkeling, or just enjoying the beautiful vistas. Then the crew raised the sails for the return trip to the... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I have done several trips with this company/boat. They are simply great. From safety to seeing it. Love them and they are sooo good to you. They answer all questions as best as they can even the dumb ones. I have to give the five *

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Pretty sick trip. Crew was awesome along with the snorkeling and sailing. No doubt I would do this again!

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 via mobile

Back in our villa after a wonderful day with Sun Charters. We took the 10-2:30 day trip and it was fabulous. Lots of wind for great sailing, beautiful fish while snorkeling near the reef and time on a private beach. This is a "can't miss" trip while visiting TC.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is a beautiful 77' schooner that takes you to amazing snorkeling spots and beaches only accessible by boat. The crew keeps you plowed with happy juice and decent (light) snacks. My family took the 10AM-2PM tour and it was really a must-do while visiting TCI. The only downside: the wind wasn't great when we went, so we motored on... More 

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