|Tobago is an idyllic island, which inspired the story of Robinson Crusoe. It is situated just of Trinidad and is only twenty-six miles long and seven miles wide. Gentle breezes fan the island keeping the temperature at an average of 31°C through the daytime and 21°C at night. Secluded sandy bays surround the coastline offering great opportunities for sunbathing and swimming away from the crowds, whilst a lively atmosphere, and watersports facilities can be found all over the island. The centre of the island has lush green rainforests, and colourful tropical vegetation. Preservation is very important to the islanders and the rainforest was the first in the world to be protected from development. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and scuba diving off Tobago is reputed to be amongst the best in the world. Ornithologists will be thrilled by the variety of bird life on Tobago and its smaller neighbours, Little Tobago and St Giles. Fishermen can chase Marlin and Sailfish, golfers can choose between two eighteen-hole courses. Visitors who really want to get away from it all can take a boat trip to one of the many bays, which are inaccessible by land.
Diving off Tobago is amongst the best in the Caribbean. Large pelagic fish, giant manta rays, turtles and a host of tropical fish inhabits the area where visibility can reach 120 feet. The healthy fringing and patch reefs host a multitude of species, including nurse sharks, moray eels, large barracuda and tarpon. Speyside and Charlotteville, in the north, are a popular base for divers (and snorkellers), but there are plenty of other sites around the island. There’s wreck and reef diving off the West Coast to suit all abilities and diving is possible in Tobago all year round, although the best months are from May – July.
Deep Sea Fishing on Tobago is also amongst the best in the region. There are regular fishing championships. During competitions in northern Tobago at Charlotteville blue marlins over 600lbs are sometimes caught. Other fish caught in big numbers off Tobago include Dorado (Mahi Mahi or Dolphin), Wahoo, King Fish, Yellowfin tuna, Sailfish, and many other tropical water fish.
Bird Watching in Tobago is considered to be world class. Little Tobago, a short boat ride from the coast at Speyside is an uninhabited bird sanctuary, where visitors can trek though the forest and see many varieties