Buccoo Reef and Barbeque
Duration: Half Day
If you love snorkelling and desire to explore the magical world under the Caribbean Sea during your holiday in Tobago, the Buccoo Reef tour is a wonderful experience not to be missed. Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the tropical island of Tobago attracts an abundance of beautiful marine species to its nutrient-rich waters. Thousands of visitors come to the island each year to dive and snorkel in some of the best diving sites in the Caribbean, on both the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts.
Take a ride on a glass-bottom boat from Buccoo Bay to Buccoo Reef, a protected Marine Park off the Caribbean coast, where you will see the largest reef in Tobago and one of the most spectacular reefs in the world. The reef consists of five reef flats surrounding Bon Accord Lagoon, made up of contiguous reef, seagrass and mangrove ecosystems. These habitats host a fascinating diversity of spectacular marine species. The number of species actually found living on coral reefs is estimated to be over one million, which makes them one of the most bio-diverse habitats in the world − second only to tropical rainforests. Located close to the South American Continent, Tobago’s waters attract this abundance of marine life as a result of the nutrients that flow from the Orinoco River, which produce large quantities of plankton − the primary food source for many types of marine species.
It is extremely important that coral reefs are protected throughout the world. Aside from being beautiful to look at, they play a vital role in sustaining a thriving ocean habitat, particularly in tropical waters. Because of the threats of commercialisation and pollution destroying this fragile reef ecosystem in Tobago, the entire area was designated as the country’s only marine protected area in 1973. The Buccoo Reef Trust was set up to help assist in addressing these threats. Thankfully, visitors can still enjoy the beauty of the reef without disturbing or harming it by travelling on the glass-bottom boats.
On your journey, look out for some of the world's most spectacular fish, found swimming in and around the spectacular Buccoo Reef, one of the most beautiful and vibrant habitats on earth. Numerous tropical fish species can be spotted here, including angel fish, parrot fish, butterfly fish and blue chromis, as well as a multitude of other marine life forms such as sharks, giant manta rays and sea turtles. Marvel at the breathtaking formations of brightly coloured 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.
You will get the chance to swim and snorkel in these crystal clear Caribbean waters when you reach the Nylon pool, a calm, shallow, sandy area behind the reef. Explore this awe-inspiring, tranquil paradise firsthand as you swim alongside tropical fish and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
After this exhilarating trip, enjoy a beach barbeque at No Man’s Land, a deserted, white-sand, palm-fringed beach located near the Bon Accord Lagoon. Plenty of delicious local food and tropical drinks will be available – the perfect end to a memorable day.
You may wish to take sun block, swim- wear, sunglasses and hat with you on the tour.
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