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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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Undisputed best charter in TCI

We've been going out on the Atabeyra 5-6 times a year since the late 90s. Most of the time we have a huge group of friends with kids of all ages and it's always a great time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Providenciales
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Providenciales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We've been going out on the Atabeyra 5-6 times a year since the late 90s. Most of the time we have a huge group of friends with kids of all ages and it's always a great time. Whether we go exploring the ship wreck on the south side, prepping up some fresh conch salad on the beach at Half Moon,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

After working down in Turks & Caicos for a very strenuous 2 weeks, a day on the water with some rum punch in hand is just what I needed! David made coordinating the reservation extremely easy! The last thing that I wanted to do was jump through hoops to plan my vacation day- thankfully, David coordinated our day trip with... More 

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Providenciales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We had a great morning taking our wedding guests out for a snorkel and cruise to show them more of our "home" islands. Captain and crew really friendly and attentive to all the guests, our dog and the young children on board. Happy to recommend this boat for any large group event.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We went on the half day excursion today and had a fantastic time! The crew was very accommodating and friendly. Our trip with sun charters was the highlight of our week here in Turks. Such a treat to sail in such a beautiful vessel, where we were not crowded at all, it nearly felt like a private charter. We plan... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This was an breathtaking sailboat trip. David's boat is a beautiful and equipped with everything you need. Especially the delicious refreshments. The crew is super friendly. The snorkeling in the turquoise water around the reef gives you a great impression of the underwater world of Turks and Caicos. Afterwards, we sailed to this remote beach, which makes you feel being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

There are not enough good words to describe the great people we met on our sunset glow worm cruise. Junior Relis, his sister and the captain kept the group relaxed and entertained while showing us the spectacular views as the sun came down. Hospitality reached new levels as Junior gave us an excellent dinner recommendation, then had his brother JP,... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I was a little skeptical that all of our group would fit on the boat, but it was perfect as promised. The staff delivered! They were attentive with the drinks and the canapes. Whatever our needs, someone was there at your side. The sunset was beautiful and of course being on the waters in Turks and Caicos is always and... More 

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Fair Haven, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We took a party of 7 (3 kids) for a sunset cruise with Tibi & Junior. These guys are very professional and wonderful people. This will be something we do every time we visit the island. My only regret is we didn't go for a longer sail. Thanks David!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Nothing beats a private charter on a former rum runner. Sailing aboard Dave Douglas' 77-ft Atabeyra was a terrific way of exploring the surrounding waters and beaches of Providenciales. Our two man crew of Tibi and Junior did a wonderful job ensuring the enjoyment of all aboard. The rum punch was plentiful and refreshing. Among the highlights was a visit... More 

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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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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