Wet 'n' Dry
Duration: Half Day
Enjoy two fantastic outings for one great price during your holiday in Tobago. This exciting and unusual Wet ‘n’ Dry island tour combines snorkelling with history and mystery.
After being picked up form your hotel in the morning, you will first travel to the spectacular Buccoo Reef on a glass-bottom boat. Located off Tobago’s Caribbean coast, this beautiful reef is the largest in Tobago and is the habitat for an amazing diversity of marine species. Marvel at the different types or coral in the vibrant coral gardens, where you will see brightly coloured plants and sea shrubs and both soft and hard coral species, including Star Coral, Brain Coral, Staghorn Coral and Elkorn Coral.
Look out for an amazing variety of exotic tropical fish such as angel fish, parrot fish and butterfly fish, and other wonderful marine species including sea turtles and giant manta rays. Explore this majestic underwater world for yourself as you get the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the clear Caribbean waters when you reach the Nylon Pool, a calm, shallow sandy area behind the reef.
You will then head back to shore for some delicious local food before taking a drive to the famous Fort King George in Scarborough, the island’s capital. Built in the 1770's, the fort is one of Tobago’s best preserved historical monuments. The walk up the steep hillside to the fort will take you past the current Scarborough Hospital and the prison before entering the beautifully-maintained grounds and gardens. The cannons still remain exactly as they were, lining the stone walls which overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
Learn about the fort’s fascinating colonial history whilst enjoying breathtaking views of the coast and the bustling market town of Scarborough. On a clear day, Trinidad's Northern Range can also be seen in the distance. If you want to learn more about Fort King George, Tobago Museum is certainly worth visiting. Here you will find interesting exhibits showing military relics and artifacts from Tobago’s early history. There is also a working lighthouse and a local arts and crafts gallery, where you can pick up unusual souvenirs to take home.
Your drive will then continue past the Cotton House and into the main market, then onwards to Plymouth, the second largest town in Tobago and the site of the oldest fort on the island – Fort King James. The town is famous for the 18th Century Mystery Tombstone of Betty Stiven and her child, which you will get to visit on this tour. Her tombstone is engraved with the puzzling epitaph: "She was a mother without knowing it and a wife without letting her husband know it, except by her indulgences to him." These words are still the source of much speculation today, and even the locals don’t seem to have an answer to the riddle.
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