Manta Reef Snorkeling
The 10th most popular snorkel dive spot in Tobago.
Saturday 6 August 2016 06:25 GMT
East of Speyside between Goat Island and Little Tobago Island, the snorkeling at Manta Reef is well known for its giant manta reefs. The best season for snorkeling at Manta Reef is from March to July. Snorkelers may also see sea turtles, sharks and even dolphins in the waters from 5 to 50 feet deep. The Flying Manta Reef is located at the northern end of the Cathedral scuba dive site. The seas and currents are normally calm.
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, Manta Reef is the 10th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Manta Reef including Bateau Reef / Aquarium, Lovers Bay, Little Tobago and Goat Island.