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Tobago Scuba Diving

Fast Facts
  • Location: Northeast of Trinidad and southeast of Grenada in southern Caribbean Sea
  • Attraction Type: Activity
  • Significance: A fabulous yet unexplored diving destination
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
  • How to Reach: By flights to Tobago; alternatively by flight to Port of Spain and then by ferry
  • Nearest International Airport: Tobago Crown Point International Airport
Tobago Scuba Diving is one of the most thrilling adventures to experience at least once in your lifetime. Worldwide scuba diving is among the fastest growing water sports and Tobago is perhaps the best kept underwater destination for the same. Abundant and diverse marine life thriving in nutrient rich water makes scuba diving in Tobago an exhilarating escapade.

Lying at the bottom of the Caribbean Islands and just outside the way of tropical hurricanes, Tobago is a year round scuba diving location. Intermittent short sharp showers provide much needed respite from the sun’s heat. These showers however would never disturb your diving schedule. Another interesting aspect of the waters around Tobago is that they .provide diving opportunities for both beginners and experts. As Tobago waters are still vastly unexplored, you would get the rare opportunity of diving in virgin underwater territory.

Diving in Tobago

In Tobago the notable diving sites are located in Speyside or North Eastern side featured with vibrant reefs and tropical green vegetation. Speyside, a tiny fishing village with little commercial activities offers an unspoiled diving environment for all categories of divers. Inexperienced divers can safely explore the waters bound by reefs, while the more experienced ones might venture into the deeper waters beyond the reef accessible by boats.

Many of these diving sites are of the ‘drift’ variety where you just need to drift along with the water flow. It is important to follow the instructions of your dive master at all times. The visibility of the water is often affected by effluents flowing in from River Orinoco. However these effluents carry nutrients necessary for the sustenance and growth of marine life which is so distinctive and proliferated. The corals, hammerhead sharks, and manta rays are among the most magnificent species you might discover in your dives.

Towards south the ocean currents are strong and are best avoided by inexperienced divers. Around St. Giles in the north eastern corner of Tobago Island, the waters abound in turtles, sharks, tarpon and even the shy octopus. The huge sponges and coral brown boulders offer a brilliant under water sight resembling a giant underwater carpet. Among the sponges, the dual colored damselfish appear like butterflies in a blooming garden.

Staying in Tobago

Tobago in the Caribbean is a renowned tropical destination thronged by tourists all year round. For a stress free stay you could check in at Blue Haven Hotel, Coco Reef Resort, Grafton Beach Resort, Sandy Point Beach Club and Cuffie River Nature Retreat. To satiate your gastronomic demands you could visit Birdwatcher’s Restaurant in Speyside, Back Yard Cafíé in Crown Point, Eastman’s Restaurant in Charloteville, and Jemma’s Seaview Kitchen in Speyside.

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