TOBAGO - WHERE TO DIVE
Tobago offers divers a delightful array of dive experiences. Here you'll find more than 300 species of corals .. including staghorn, elkhorn and fire coral along with many varieties of sponges. Tobago diving offers reefs, pillars, wrecks and fascinating outer-islands to explore. While Tobago is famous as a drift-diving destination, there are other more stationary dives scattered throughout for a varied dive experience for all levels of divers.
This is a great dive for the novice diver. You'll descend to a sandy bottom at about 18 feet and then follow a sloping reef to about 40 feet. Here you'll see plenty of marine life with sightings of eels, rays, angelfish, scorpionfish and even the elusive trumpetfish.
BookendsThis Speyside site consists of two rocks with a cut through the middle that causes them to resemble bookends. Bookends is for intermediate divers, with a sometimes strong current that flows into a reef wall extending to the north side of Little Tobago Island. Schools of creole wrasse and blue chromis draw 3-5 foot tarpon to the area.
The dive starts out at about 50-60 feet at one end of Goat Island and takes you over a coral- and sponge-filled reef. Follow the current through a rock passage which ends up in a Japanese-garden-like landscape filled with colorful reef fish, corals and rock formations.
Another great dive that consists of a cluster of rock pinnacles which breaks at the surface and drops to a depth of 140 feet. This large area attracts pelagics and barracuda sharks, but you'll also find lobsters, turtles, moray eels and plenty of tropical fish.
This former inter-island ferry once ran between Trinidad and Tobago. Placed on a 100-foot bottom just north of Buccoo by the Association of Tobago Dive Operators, it's covered with more than a decade of growth and provides a nice contrast to the typical Tobago drift dive.
South St. Giles
Lots of boulders and multitudes of coral domes dot this drift dive. A sloping reef leads to smaller coral formations and patches of boulders. Crevalle, snappers, flounder and stingrays are abundant. The dive starts at about 15 feet and drops to about 52 feet.
Flying MantaLocated in the Speyside area on the northeast coast, this reef is filled with sponges and corals. Flying Manta starts at the western shore of Little Tobago Island, and offers one of the best chances to swim with manta rays. Angelfish, butterflyfish and parrotfish hang out in the shallow areas. Also known as The Cathedral.
Flying ReefLocated in the Columbus Passage, this dive site off the south-end of Tobago is visited by hawksbill turtles, scorpionfish, stingrays and juvenile puffers. This site has a strong current that flows in a westerly direction. Here you'll drift by sea fans and plumes as parrotfish, blue chromis and creole wrasse go with the flow.
Mount Irvine WallThis shallow wall slopes from 25 feet to 60 feet. Clear waters provide great visibility for checking out scorpionfish, sea horses and flying gurnards. Remnants of a Dutch East India ship lie to the north on Mount Irvine Reef, and a sunken ferry that sits on the bottom is full of reef fish.
Man O' War Bay
This area houses four dive sites: Long Rock, Pirate's Reef, Booby Island and Cardinal Rock. Here you'll see gobies and blennies and larger pelagics such as eagle rays and barracudas.
Large coral and sponge formations lie in 40ft of water at this easily accessible site. Currents are light and the close proximity to the shore allows for night dives where luminescent colors pop from the various corals. Many species breed here; you'll find barracuda, triggerfish and jacks as well as schools of squid.