Little Tobago - Bird of Paradise Island
Duration: Half Day
Little Tobago is a small, uninhabited island which lies in the Caribbean, about a mile off Tobago’s northeastern coast. Aside from its tropical location, the beauty of Little Tobago is the huge variety of birds that live and breed within this protected bird sanctuary. The 250 acre island is also known as Bird of Paradise Island, after the beautiful birds that once inhabited the area.
Sir William Ingram brought Birds of Paradise to the island from New Guinea in 1909 to protect them from extinction by poaching. After his death, the island was donated to the government on the condition that it remained a bird sanctuary. Sadly, these Birds of Paradise were wiped out by a devastating hurricane in 1963, but the island remains a bird sanctuary for numerous native and mainland species and is regarded as one of the most important seabird sanctuaries in the West Indies.
This wonderful tour will take you on a glass bottom boat across the Atlantic waters, from the small fishing village of Speyside on Tabogo’s mainland to the shores of Little Tobago. The water between the two islands is clear and shallow, which enables you to see beautiful corals and brightly-coloured, tropical fish on your journey. Speyside’s surrounding waters are particular popular for diving and snorkelling, including dive sites such as Angel Reef, Black Jack Hole, Cathedral and Japanese Garden.
As you reach Little Tobago, a knowledgeable local guide will reveal the wonder of nature as you’ve never seen it before, pointing out a myriad of magnificent sea birds, native plants and trees, and several different reptile species. Little Tobago is an important breeding site for seabirds and is home to a large colony of spectacular Red-billed Tropic birds, as well as a smaller number of White-billed Tropic birds, Red and Brown-footed Boobies, Laughing Gulls, Sooty and Bridled Terns, Audubon's Shearwaters, Tropical Mockingbirds, Magnificent Frigate birds, wild fowl and hundreds of other beautiful, unique bird species.
On this trip, you will also get the opportunity to snorkel in and around some of Tobago’s best reefs, including Angel Reef and Japanese Garden, near Goat Island, where you will find the largest measured brain coral in the world, as well as giant manta rays, turtles, parrot fish, puffer fish and hundreds of other tropical fish species, as well as sharks, moray eels and many other wonderful marine life forms that live in these nutrient-rich waters.
Afterwards, you will return to the mainland where you can enjoy lunch at Jemma's Treehouse restaurant, which offers spectacular views of the ocean and Goat Island. This tour is a must for bird lovers, and is a wonderful discovery to make during your holiday in Tobago.
You will need to take comfortable walking shoes, camera, and swimwear.
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