Dive Travel / Trinidad and Tobago
Prepare yourself for a wild ride when you dive the reefs of Tobago. This small island sits like a boulder in the middle of the Guyana Current, which reaches Tobago (and its sister island Trinidad) from South America, where the current picks up an infusion of nutrients from Venezuela's mighty Orinoco River. As a result, divers find top-notch reefs and marine life, ranging from tiny tropical fish to massive manta rays, and drift diving with the Guyana is spectacular. On the northern end of the island you'll find swift currents, colorful sponges and abundant hard and soft coral growth. On the southern end, slower-paced shallow reefs and mini-walls are popular. Tobago also features large pelagics like sharks and dolphins thanks to its proximity to the open ocean.
Considered by many as the true Caribbean, Tobago offers its guests a unique travel experience. Come and explore our island’s rich history, culture, and biodiversity. Find the perfect accommodations for your stay, from luxurious villas, to quaint bed and breakfast establishments, to guesthouses and full-service hotels, many of them with views to die for. Learn about the many festivals, as well as cultural and sporting events that take place throughout the year. Let us help you find that perfect restaurant, idyllic beach or historical attraction. See why dive enthusiasts, romantics, adventure seekers, bird-watchers and beach lovers all have Tobago on their to-do lists!
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ABOUT THE ISLANDS
Trinidad's oilbird has the right idea - it only comes out at night, when the fun begins. Four major festivals take place on Trinidad: Carnival, a pre-Lenten fjte marked by calypso and masquerade parties; Duvali, when hundreds of oil lamps are lit in commemoration of the Hindu goddess of light; Phagwa, in celebration of the vernal equinox and new year; and Hosay, which memorializes the murders of Mohammed's grandsons Hussein and Hassan. The fact that these festivals are equally import to the locals is reflective of the country's multi-cultural composition and worldly view.
Port of Spain, Trinidad's capital, is a modern metropolis with skyscrapers, a bustling nightlife and international restaurants. The people of Trinidad are a mixture of British, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, French, Syrian and East Indian cultures.
It is thought that 10,000 years ago, Trinidad began drifting away from South America to its current position 10 miles north of Venezuela. For this reason, it has as a diverse ecosystem - many of the same plants and animals - as the continental mainland. The southernmost of the Caribbean islands, Trinidad is 1,864 square miles of mountains (the highest being El Cerro del Aripo at 3,085 feet), valleys and marshland. Waterfalls and rivers occur at regular intervals. A 100-acre lake of natural asphalt continuously churns near the town of La Brea in the southwest.
Tobago, low key and underdeveloped, is considerably more serene than Trinidad - it's where Trinidadians go on vacation to escape the cosmopolitan pace of their own island.
Tobago, which lies 22 miles northeast of Trinidad, probably separated from the mainland much earlier than Trinidad. It has sheer cliffs and volcanic mountains covered in rainforests. White-sand beaches scallop the west coast. Buccoo Reef, a marine park of shallow coral formations, and the Nylon Pool, with its soft sandy bottom and crystal water, lie off the southwest coast.
Climate: Tropical climate with average maximum temperatures of 89º F. Tobago's temperatures are cooler, owing to the more constant north east trade winds. There is a dry season from January to May and a wet season from June to December. Annual rainfall is about 40 inches over most of the country. Trinidad and Tobago is just south of the hurricane belt.
Columbus came across the island of Trinidad in 1498. In the early 1500s, Spain colonized the island to expedite the search for El Dorado on the mainland. Although the British captured Trinidad in 1797, Spain did not acknowledge the loss for five years. Following emancipation in the mid-1800s, indentured servants immigrated to the island from several nations.
Meanwhile, on Tobago, a British settlement was founded in 1814. The island, however, changed hands more times than any other island in the Caribbean. In the late 1800s, the governments of Trinidad and Tobago merged. In 1962, Trinidad and Tobago was granted independence. In 1976, it became a republic.
DIVES NOT TO MISS :
The wreck of the Maverick, a 300+ foot passenger ferry sunk in April of 1997 is a must-dive in Tobago. You'll see Jewfish, Barracuda, amberjack, snapper and much more. Sisters 1 and Sisters 2 are islands offshore with sharp rock pinnacles that rise from the deep. It's the perfect place to see pelagics including sharks, barracuda and tarpon. Hammerheads are frequently seen. Shark Bank is a vast underwater area with mounds of coral and valleys. Sharks and Mantas are frequently seen here. Aquarium is a spectacular drift dive with an abundance of fish. The current runs full speed here almost every day and you'll see schools of Black Durgeon, Glassy Eye Snapper and Angelfish. London Bridge, near St Giles is a huge rock with a hole through it that is half above the water and half below it. When there are calm seas you can swim through this underwater bridge as you look for Tangs, ocean surgeonfish, French angelfish, trunkfish and trumpetfish. The vertical walls are encrusted with yellow and orange sponges.
Weather: Offshore trade winds keep the temperature in the mid-80s year-round.Average Water Temp: About 80 degrees in summer, dropping to between 68 and 71 degrees in winter.Average Visibility: About 80 feet, though it can be lower during the June-to-October rainy season.Travel Savvy: U.S. and Canadian citizens must bring a passport. Departure tax of TT$100 must be paid in local currency.Destination Links: Trinidad & Tobago Tourism, http://visittobago.gov.tt/.