Spend a week in Tobago, and it’s hard not to fall in love: with the tall mountains ringed by white-sand beaches; local delicacies like roti, a burritolike mound overstufed with curried potatoes and meat; friendly Tobagonians and their sing-songy patois; and the diving, which isn’t just good year-round, it’s warm.
“January to December, the water never dips below 80 to 82 degrees,” says divemaster Kerron Ottley of southern Tobago’s R & Sea Divers. In the northern town of Speyside, divers head for world-famous sites like the Sisters and London Bridge. But it’s lesser-known dives like Bookends, Blackjack and Japanese Gardens — a shallow site with hundreds of barrel sponges interspersed among a reef so healthy, you’ll be wondering if you’re actually in the Indo-Pacific — that’ll have you ooohing and aaahing. As good as Speyside’s sites are, the south has its share of awesome dives too.
Most divers ask for repeated trips to the purpose-sunk Maverick wreck, and when they tire of that, the boats head for the Atlantic side to current-washed gems like Flying Reef and Diver’s Thirst, which burst with soft-coral life and turtles at every turn. It’s so good you might never want to leave. (And some, believe it or not, don’t.) “Every day we’ve got sun, sand and sea,” says Ottley. “Here on Tobago, we’re living the sunny side of life.”
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