Duration: Half Day
Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the beautiful tropical island of Tobago attracts a multitude of wonderfully diverse marine species to its nutrient-rich waters. Visitors come to the island to experience some of the best diving sites in the Caribbean, on both sides of the coast, but the South West is particularly popular. If you want to explore this spectacular underwater wilderness during your holiday in Tobago, the Buccoo Reef tour is one of the most breathtaking and memorable trips you could imagine.
Your tour will begin by taking a ride on a glass-bottom boat from Buccoo Bay to Buccoo Reef, the largest reef in Tobago and one of the most spectacular reefs in the world. This protected Marine Park, consisting of five reef flats surrounding Bon Accord Lagoon, is characterized by contiguous reef, seagrass and mangrove ecosystems which are the habitats of a fascinating diversity of underwater life forms.
The number of species found living on coral reefs is estimated to be over one million, which makes them the second most bio-diverse habitats in the world after tropical rainforests. Located close to the South American Continent, Tobago’s waters host this abundance of marine life due to the nutrients that flow from the Orinoco River, washed from the south by the Guyana Current. These nutrients produce large quantities of plankton, which is the primary food source for all kinds of marine species.
Some of the world's most spectacular fish can be found here, amidst some of the most beautiful, colourful and vibrant habitats on the earth. Look out for parrot fish, angel fish, butterfly fish and blue chromis, as well as a multitude of other marine life forms such as giant manta rays and sea turtles. Marvel at the breathtaking formations of various brightly coloured coral reef, plants and sea shrubs in the lush Coral Gardens, where you will find both hard and soft coral species such as Brain Coral, Star Coral, Elkorn Coral, Staghorn Coral and Starlet Coral.
Before you head back to shore, you will also visit the Nylon pool, a shallow white-sand area behind the reef, where you will get the chance to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Discover the beauty of the Buccoo Reef and its inhabitants firsthand in this majestic, tranquil paradise.
Sun block, swimwear, sunglasses and hat are recommended.
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