Little Tobago Snorkeling
The 7th most popular snorkel dive spot in Tobago.
Sunday 26 June 2016 06:25 GMT
East of Speyside off the northeastern shores of Tobago, there snorkeling around Little Tobago is popular for its black coral and massive sponges. It has a nice fringe reef protecting the island, though there are still strong west to east currents. During Little Tobago snorkeling, you may encounter barracuda, moray eels, black jacks, creole wrasse, moray eels, parrotfish, sergeant majors and, further out, manta rays. The water depth is typically around 20 feet deep.
On the south shores of Little Tabago, there are several nice coves with some huge brain coral formations.
The shallow water reefs surrounding Tobago are very popular for snorkeling. These water are filled with great diversity of reefs, rock pillars, wrecks and extravagant undersea gardens filled with giant sea fans, whips and plumes. The reefs are home to over 300 different species of coral including staghorn, elkhorn, fire coral, brain coral and starlet coral. There are giant tube sponges that also attract numerous angelfish. Generally, there are moderate to strong currents at most snorkeling dive sites, so there are few options for moored snorkeling dive boats.
When considering a Tobago snorkeling trip, keep in mind that, for the Caribbean, there is a shocking change in water temperature with season. February and March are known for the coldest water temperatures (as low as 68F). With the rainy season starting in June, the best months for snorkeling are late April and May.
To reach Tobago snorkeling by air from Europe, fly into Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport (TAB) in Crown Point on the southwest point.
To reach Tobago snorkeling by air from North America, fly into Piarco International Airport (POS) on Trinidad located southeast of Port Of Spain. There is a twice-a-day ferry service (4 hours) and seacat service (2 hours) between Trinadad and Tobago.
Overall, Little Tobago is the 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Little Tobago including Goat Island, Manta Reef, Bateau Reef / Aquarium and Lovers Bay.