East of Speyside off the northeastern shores of Tobago, there snorkeling around Goat Island is popular for its black coral and massive sponges. The snorkeling is particularly nice on the south side end of the island in 10 foot deep waters (Japanese Gardens) and along the center western shore (Angel Reef). The island has a nice fringe reef that is known for some strong west to east currents. During Goat Island snorkeling, you may encounter tangs, sergeant majors, damselfish, queen angelfish, trumpetfish and hogfish. In the waters from 10 to 25 feet deep, there are numerous giant barrel sponges. All the Goat Island snorkeling dives are boat-accessed.
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, Goat Island is the 12th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago.