Few destinations in the world can match the diversity of Tobago. From the high mountain and tropical rainforests to the picture-postcard beaches, the tiny island delivers something for just about everyone. Especially for divers, who will marvel at the diversity found on Tobago’s reefs: everything from hammerheads and mantas to tiny blennies and cryptic crabs. While there are two main areas divers will focus their attention on — the north and the south — one feature unites the diving in Tobago: currents. With few exceptions, the diving here is drift; and this isn’t some Driving Miss Daisy Sunday ride, but fast-paced drifts over reefs as lush and colorful as you’ll find in the Indo-Pacific. The northern reefs feature some of the island’s most famous sites, including picturesque London Bridge and the Sisters (home to hammerheads!). The southern sites have lush reefs and the island’s best wreck, the Maverick. Regardless of where you dive, you’ll be happy you did it in Tobago.
The island has two distinct feels. Concentrated around the towns of Speyside and Charlotteville, northern Tobago is decidedly laid-back with fewer resorts (so fewer people), quieter beaches and fewer boats; for a more Caribbean “steeldrum vibe,” southern Tobago is the place to be. There are more resorts, clubs and wider swathes of beaches, but with it comes more people — which, for some, is just what the doctor ordered.
Tobago’s rainforests are lush and gorgeous and well worth a visit, but the most brag-worthy experiences are in fact the fast drift dives. The north offers its thrills at sites like Bookends, Blackjack and Japanese Gardens — which is full of massive barrel sponges. But its the south that has the really fun stuff — flybys on Atlantic sites like Flying Reef and Divers Thirst, which at times can get so fast that you’ll think the fish are swimming backward.
"Take a trip from Speyside to Scarborough on the road less traveled. The breathtaking North Coast Road promises to be the most scenic drive of your life, where the final stop will be a view of the sun setting at beautiful Crown Point Resort. (Sedan not suggested.)" -- Robert Brooks, general manager, Blue Waters Inn