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Scuba Diving in Tobago, Caribbean


Water temperature:

27°C (81°F) in December to 30°C (86°F) in July

Suit:

3mm wetsuit or shortie

Visibility:

15 - 30 metres (50 - 100 feet)

Type of diving:

Reefs, drifts

Marine life:

Nurse sharks, black tip reef sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, manta rays, tarpon, chromis, angelfish, parrotfish, damselfish

When to go:

Any time of year

How to get there:

From the UK - Excel Airways charter flights on Thursdays and Saturdays from London Gatwick, returning Thursday and Sunday evenings. Daily flight connections are available to St Lucia


The Caribbean - Courtesy of Ian Lovett

Tobago is a tiny island at only twenty five miles long and seven miles wide surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the sister island of Trinidad and they are separated by a channel only twenty two miles wide. The two are very different: Trinidad is known as a carnival island, whereas Tobago is far more relaxed with a slower pace of life. There are many secluded bays and sandy beaches and inland the mountainous island is covered in rainforest and palm valleys.

Diving in Tobago caters for all levels of experience. The coral seas are made up of fringing and patch reefs with sponges and hard and soft coral. It is well known for its drift dives and there are some strong currents which can be unpredictable, so take care. The reefs of south coast are much calmer, so are better for beginners, where as Speyside has much faster currents that are consistently two knots. Nutrients from the Orinoco River estuary support plankton on which a complex community thrive, including mantas and whale sharks. The downside to the plankton is that visibility tends to be reduced.


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