Destination Resorts Overview
Tobago is a tiny island at only twenty-seven miles long and seven miles wide making it even smaller than the Isle of Wight! It is the baby of the two islands comprising of the nation of Trinidad and Tobago and must be one of the best kept secrets of the Caribbean when it comes to scuba diving. From here you can dive both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, where this combination of ocean currents provides enough diversity to satisfy virtually every diver’s needs. Recently North-East Tobago was awarded the prestigious UNESCO Man and Biosphere designation.
The vibe in Tobago is authentic, relaxed, and laidback, and with most tourists choosing the Carnival Capital of Trinidad you will find this island to be unspoilt and uncrowded. The island lies north of Venezuela and south of Grenada and is outside the main hurricane belt so seldom feels the effect of the hurricane season, the tropical climate brings sunshine all year round, even in the wet season between June and November the rain only comes in short, sharp bursts.
When you visit Tobago you understand why it is often called ‘Robinson Crusoe’s Island’ with the palm tree scattered coastline, beautiful beaches and abundance of colourful birds and wildlife. This destination has over 200 species of birds so is an absolute haven for bird watchers, the 5km Gilpin Trace trail is a great starting point as it takes you through the Main Ridge Rain Forest Reserve. You can also take a trip to Little Tobago, a 2km long uninhabited, forested island just a short boat trip from Speyside where frigatebirds circle overhead, and a walk ashore may bring views of falcons and hawks.
There are also many beautiful waterfalls in Tobago, the highest being Argyle Waterfall which cascades 54 metres over a series of steeped areas with several pools for swimming at the bottom. If you prefer to stay dry then take a glass bottom boat tours where you can explore the depths in comfort, admire the lovely corals, sea fans and marine life of the extensive reef, and if you do decide to take the plunge then grab a mask and snorkel and go for a closer look. If you are a chocolate lover then a Cocoa Tour is a must, this includes a walkabout of Tobago Cocoa Estate W.I Ltd where you can learn about the history, participate in the fermentation and indulge in a rum and chocolate tasting session.
For an evening to remember take a paddleboard or kayak out for a Bioluminescence Tour at Pigeon Point, as you dip your paddle into the water it will sparkle with glowing plankton under the clear starry sky. Another evening experience not to be missed is Sunday School in the village of Buccoo, and don’t be fooled by the name as there is no religion involved, it is a free street party that begins with a steel band after which DJs bring on the reggae and calypso as revellers continue to enjoy the street food, rum and dancing!
Average temperatures in Summer (May-October):
Air 28°c / Sea: 28-29°c
Average temperatures in Winter (November-April):
Air 26°c / Sea 27°c