Store Bay Snorkeling
The 11th most popular snorkel dive spot in Tobago.
Tuesday 5 July 2016 06:25 GMT
West of Crown Point on the south side of Tobago, the snorkeling in Store Bay is well known for the views of Kariwak Reef. The Kariwak Reef begins on the left-hand end of the beach just offshore. During a Store Bay snorkeling dive, you may encounter wrasse, butterflyfish, damselfish, parrotfish, goatfish, spiny Caribbean lobster, southern stingrays and spotted eagle rays. It is known for light currents, so it is good for beginner snorkelers.
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.
The Store Bay snorkeling dive site is located at the west end of Arthur Napoleon Airport and about 1 miles west-southwest of Bon Accord.
Overall, Store Bay is the 11th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Store Bay including Buccoo Reef, Englishmans Bay, Nylon Pool, Grafton Beach, Castara Bay and Canoe Bay.