Goat Island Snorkeling

The 8th most popular snorkel dive spot in Tobago.

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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 8th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Goat Island including Angel Reef, Bateau Reef / Aquarium, Lovers Bay, Little Tobago and Manta Reef.


Local Contact(s):  Tobago Tourism (868) 639-9543; Eco Divers (868) 639-8729; Tobago Dive Experience (868) 660-4888; Undersea Tobago (868) 631-2626; Tobago Day Cruiser (868) 639-4221.

Recommended Book:  "Tobago Dive Guide" from Solomon Baksh

Best Season:  Apr - June

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Blue Water Inn (868) 660-4341

Luxury Loding:  Hilton Tobago Resort; Le Grand Courlan Resort (all-inclusive, adults-only); Crown Point Beach Hotel

Breakfast Restaurant:  The Breakfast Shed, Port Of Spain

Reference Source:  click here http://www.tobagoscubadiving.com/

Article Source:   Best Goat Island Snorkeling Review https://www.snorkelingdives.com/?id=23120

GPS:  11.297835, -60.519577

Date Published:  12/29/2011

Date Updated:  7/11/2016

ID:  23120

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