CARNIVAL IS IN THE AIR IN TOBAGO…WELL UNDER THE SEA!
Second annual dive festival on the Caribbean island set for May 16-23, 2011
When it comes to Caribbean diving, few islands do it better than Tobago! Come and see for yourself, as the island is gearing up to host its 2nd Annual Tobago Underwater Carnival. This dive festival will showcase the amazing undersea world and one-of-a-kind aquatic offerings and will also give participants a chance to experience the rich culture of this Caribbean gem. Hosted by the Division of Tourism and Transportation at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), the Association of Tobago Dive Operators (ATDO) and the Tourism Development Company (TDC), the week-long event is scheduled to take place from May 16-23, 2011.
“We experienced such strong media success with the inaugural dive festival last year that we felt it imperative that we continue the promotion of Tobago’s dive market through this event,” said Warren Solomon, director of tourism, Tobago House of Assembly Tourism Division.
Both experienced and amateur divers will get a chance to explore Tobago’s deep blue sea with activities such as scheduled dives in the most abundant dive sites at both ends of the island. Other events include photography seminars hosted by experts from Dive Training, Scuba Diving and Sport Diver magazines; testing and demonstrations of dive gear; safe diving practice tutorials by Divers Alert Network; and marine biology, equipment care and fish identification workshops. ScubaDoRag™ will once again have its ultra colorful lycra head and foot warmers on display.
In an effort to introduce the local youth to the dive and marine world, Diving Open Day invites high school students to the new YMCA pool facility in Black Rock for dive education and hands-on demonstrations.
While on island, participants can get a true taste of Tobago at the annual Culinary Festival. This takes place on May 22 at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park and features delectable dishes ranging from gourmet masterpieces to homemade specialties. Scheduled island tours and a recreational fun day featuring games, goat racing and a beach barbecue will also be on offer.
Registration for the Tobago Underwater Carnival is US$75 and includes access to opening and closing parties, dive package specials, seminars, discounts on land-based tours, happy hour at select locations and a goodie bag. For more information on hotel partners and schedule of activities, visit www.tobagounderwatercarnival.com.
Activities During the Event Include:
- Daily diving off the northern and southern parts of Tobago
- Amateur underwater photography contest with special prizes
- Seminars on photography (hosted by professionals from Dive Training, Scuba Diving and Sport Diver Magazines); marine biology; equipment care; fish identification
- Testing and gear demonstrations by Premier Equipment Manufacturers
- Parties and Happy Hours
- Discover Scuba for the kids
- Other exciting daily events
Registration Fee of US $75.00 Gives Access To:
- Opening and Closing Parties
- Gift Bag
- Dive package specials
- Special discounts at select bars and restaurants
- Special discounts for select land-based tours
- Free snorkeling equipment rental
- Free entry into the Amateur Photography Contest
- 1-tank Dive
- 10-dive special
- 12-dive special
- This Year's event will be based on both ends of the Island South 3 days & North 3 Days. Packages to be released soon.
Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the five-time consecutive award winner for World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards from 2003 to 2006. For more information on Tobago, visit www.visittobago.gov.tt.