Tobago Cays Snorkel Trip
Duration: Full Day
Tobago Cays is one of the best places to go snorkelling in the Caribbean. These five islands are part of an archipelago of tiny islands called the Grenadines which is located between the island of Grenada and St. Vincent. These islands are uninhabited and contain clean calm undisturbed beach conditions.
Four of the islands, Petit Rameau, Petit Beteau, Baradal and Jamesby are enclosed in a Horseshoe Reef while the fifth, Petit Tabac lies nicely to the east of the collection. These islands are surrounded by a series of reefs and shallows where the Tobago Cays Marine Park is established to protect and conserve the beauty of this natural reserve.
All board “Ginger” and we are off for a great and memorable experience. This power boat takes you across to the spectacularly colourerd waters – aquamarine, turquoise and sapphire with splashes of golden brown – under brilliant sunshine to the Tobago Cays. The allure of the water is enough to make you jump right in and the crystal clear water provides great visibility. The average water depth is from 5 to 12 feet ideal for novices and experienced swimmers.
The horseshoe reef has a diameter of approximately 2 miles teaming with an array of tropical fish and corals. The hawksbill turtles add a unique charm to the experience. You can float along with them, watch them surface for air or observe their eating habits. This trip is ideal to bring an underwater camera to capture the beauty of the Caribbean marine life. Simply a snorkeler’s paradise!
Come ashore for a delightful local lunch on the beach. Savour the wonderful views all around and the sound of the waves crashing along the reef. Tour these uninhabited islands exploring the beautiful white sand beaches fringed with coconut palm trees. Take a peaceful stroll, have a picnic or just sit and relax sipping a cool beverage. A toilet for tourists is installed in a nicely secluded area and vendors come and go in boats to preserve the uncivilized and quiet atmosphere of the Cays. From the vendors you are able to purchase a host of items from ice to t-shirts.
In keeping with the motives to preserve the Cays tourists are asked not to remove natural souvenirs like shells and rocks. However you are very welcome to take as many pictures as you wish. Definitely an ideal way to spend a day enjoying nature’s beauty without destroying it.
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