Destination Fact File
The perfect place to find the biggest brain coral recorded worldwide
Tobago offers the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Here, you can relax on a deck chair with a couple of drinks or be as audacious as you like with a range of activities to suit the entire family including hiking in rainforests, diving fantastic sites and visiting nature reserves and stunning aquamarine bays, the choice is yours.
Tobago is also famous for its magnificent street parties throughout the year. Carnival, Harvest and Culinary Festival, goat & crab racing during Easter, kite flying at Christmas and dragon boat race are just some of the annual events that take place on the island.
The road infrastructure in Tobago allows for easy navigation around the 8 miles wide by 26 miles long island. The infrastructure is still uncrowded, something that could change within a few years as the local government invests more and more on tourism marketing.
The evening activities will depend on where you are on the island. If you choose Speyside on the north east of Tobago for your diving adventure, the evening will be quiet and relaxing. If Crown Point on the south west of the Tobago is your choice then a number of local bars and hotel restaurants are available and some till very late in the evening.
In Tobago, you can eat delicious food from as little as £3.00 per person on one of the local food stalls in Crown Point or you can choose to go to a more extravagant and luxurious hotel restaurant for some great food. In between, on the south of the island there are also a number of restaurants offering a range of chicken, beef and fresh fish dishes with tasteful Caribbean vegetables and fruit sides costing around £15.00 per person.
Top Dive Sites:
Maverick Wreck, a passenger and cargo ferry that travelled between Tobago and Trinidad was scuttled by the Association of Tobago Dive Operators in 1997 and now sits upright on a sandy sea bed at a depth of 30 metres on the Caribbean side of the island, making a great dive for advanced divers and photography lovers. One of the highlights of this dive is the massive two metre resident barracuda which can be found within the pilot house or above the smoke stack. Maverick is also home to moray eels, grunts, spiny lobsters, teardrop snappers, Atlantic spadefish and much more.
Coral Gardens in Speyside is a major attraction for divers due to the giant boulder brain coral measuring 4.5 metres tall and 6 metres wide that can be seen on this gentle slopping reef. Coral Gardens is also covered with gorgonians, black and slit-pore sea rods and you can find massive schools of blue striped and French grunts, cottonwick and the occasional nurse shark.
Marble Island is the perfect spot to find hawksbill turtles, tarpon fish and spotted eagle rays. Located 400 metres north of St Giles Island, the 2 rocks that make up Marble Island have a strong presence of currents that are caused by the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea giving divers ideal diving conditions and interesting encounters. Don’t forget to take your camera as this could always be “the dive” where you come up close and personal with a majestic and gentle manta ray.