For Discriminating Scuba Divers Of Every Level
Offers The Opportunity To Swim With Pelagics
Tobago offers many experiences for the discriminating scuba diver. Just north of Venezuela and south of Grenada, this modest island is home to just over 50,000 people. But, its small size belies its reputation for big diving. With dive sites for every experience level, the healthy reefs feature both hard and soft coral and provide the chance to view some of the largest recorded brain coral in the world. Most dives are thrilling drift dives fueled by the nutrient-rich Guyana Current and offer the opportunity to swim with pelagics – an exciting treat for even the most experienced diver. However, it isn’t just the reefs that drive divers to this location, the marine life is also varied and abundant, with macro photography being a favorite activity. On land, Tobago is a nature lover’s paradise with hiking through the forest and bird watching being popular with many visitors.
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Visibility – The nutrient-rich flow from Venezuela’s Orinoco river influences not only the lush reef growth, but also affects visibility. Depending on the time of year, Tobago’s water can be a beautiful turquoise color with 15-30 metres/50-100 feet of visibility or can become cloudy with visibility dropping around to around 10 metres/30 feet. The great thing about an island is that if conditions are not ideal on one side, they are likely much better on the other.
Water Temperature – In the winter, the water temperature around Tobago averages 25°C/78°F, and rises to 28°C/84°F in summer.
Weather – Tobago is outside the main hurricane belt and seldom feels the effect of the hurricane season. Diving is fine all year but visibility can be lower in the rainy season from July to December. Seasonal temperatures average 27°C/80°F in winter and 30°C/88°F in summer.
Featured Creatures – From hawksbill turtles to moray eels, octopuses to eagle rays, divers can interact with more than 300 species of marine life. In addition to the more common fish life, divers can also spot rare dwarf angelfish such as the cherub and flameback. The big animals are also often out in force and can include schooling jacks, scalloped hammerhead sharks and manta rays.
Recommended Training – Since drift diving is the norm on Tobago, the PADI Drift Diver course is highly recommended. AWARE – Fish Identification and PADI Digital Underwater Photographer will help you enjoy the diverse marine life on Tobago and capture great shots.
Language – The official language is English but many locals also speak Creole that is a combination of Patois and European languages.
Currency – TT (Trinidad and Tobago dollar) is the official currency. In most places, credit cards are accepted.
Major Airports – A few international flights arrive at Tobago’s A.N.R. Robinson International Airport. There are more flights into Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport and regular service between the two islands.
Electricity and Internet – 110 volts, 60Hz is most common, but 240 volts, 60Hz is available on Tobago. Inquire at your hotel before you arrive. Internet is available at major hotels and internet cafés.
Topside Attractions – Visit the Main Ridge Rain Forest. Bird watch on Little Tobago Island or along the Gilford Trace trail to spot some of Tobago’s more than 200 bird species. Hike to Argyle Falls. Try the Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve for hummingbird spotting. Visit the beautiful Pigeon Point Heritage Park.
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