Tobago, is the smaller of the 2 main islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is located northeast of the island of Trinidad and southeast of Grenada and lying just off the coast of Venezuela. Tobago is approximately 26 miles long and 7 miles wide. Tobago is primarily hilly and of volcanic origin. The southwest of the island is flat and mostly made up of coralline limestone. The hilly spine of the island is called the Main Ridge. The highest point in Tobago is the 550 metre Pigeon Peak near Speyside.
Tobago has 2 seasons. The dry season which occurs during January to May is symbolised by a tropical maritime climate that is characterised by moderate to strong low level winds, warm days and cool nights, with showers. The wet season which occurs during June to December is characterised by low winds, hot humid days and nights, a marked increase in rainfall. Tobago is just south of the hurricane belt so is usually unaffected by hurricanes.
Tourism is still a young industry and needs to mature, meaning in Tobago you get to see the real Caribbean On Tobago you won’t get the plethora of 5* resorts or the nightlife that Jamaica and Barbados serves up. There is little shopping, no fancy restaurants with extensive menus, no sports action, and not even the best beaches. Many beaches are very natural and often consist of dark volcanic sand. Life is slow, Tobago is the place to go to lie back and relax.
Tobago is a great destination for diving and is beginning to get a reputation as a first class dive destination. There are 54 established dive sites around Tobago. With dive sites for every experience level, the healthy reefs feature both hard and soft coral, especially the area’s signature underwater sight of the world’s largest brain coral. From Hawksbill turtles to moray eels, octopuses to eagle rays, divers can interact with more than 300 species of marine life. Buccoo Reef is a very shallow reef and best viewed by snorkeling.
Tobago’s has 2 scenic championship 18 hole golf courses. The Mount Irvine Golf Course has long fairways lined with coconut trees and provides glimpses of an azure sea. The Tobago Plantations Golf Course combines lakes, trees and beaches to provide golf in a setting of natural beauty.
Tobago is great for bird watchers. Little Tobago, which is about 1.5 miles out to sea and just 1.3 miles (2km) long at its widest point. Little Tobago is an uninhabited seabird sanctuary off Speyside. Local fishermen happily take visitors to see the island with its resident birdlife, including terns, boobies and the red-billed tropic bird.
If you get the chance then visit Tobago’s sister island of Trinidad. From Tobago to Trinidad, there is a regular ferry service between Scarborough and Port of Spain, including two fast ferries, T&T Express and T&T Spirit which take around 2½ hours.
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