Best Buccoo Reef Snorkeling

The 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot in Tobago.

  Scarborough, Tobago


  June 25, 2016

North of Mount Pleasant on the southwest side of Tobago between Pigeon Point and Buccoo Point, the snorkeling at Buccoo Reef National Park is perfect for the beginner snorkeler. This is the third largest coral formation in Caribbean and includes a three acre section known as Coral Gardens. The Buccoo Reef National Park is a protected marine park.

The Buccoo Reef is a boat-accessed snorkeling dive site. There are several glass-bottomed snorkel tours that depart daily from Store Bay. While snorkeling, you can expect to observe parrotfish, wrasse, moray eel, butterflyfish, trunkfish, queen angelfish and french angelfish. Just be sure to use a diver-down flag and watch out for heavy boat traffic.

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, Buccoo Reef is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Buccoo Reef including Englishmans Bay, Nylon Pool, Store Bay, Grafton Beach, Castara Bay and Canoe Bay.

Local Contacts:  Tobago Tourism (868) 639-9543; Buccoo Reef Trust (868) 635-2000; Eco Divers (868) 639-8729; Tobago Dive Experience (868) 660-4888.

Best Season:  Apr - June

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Kariwak Village Holistic Heaven; Acajou Hotel, Grande Riviere; Coblentz Inn; Blue Waters Inn; Johnston Apartments, Store Bay

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

GPS:  11.187038, -60.831619

Date Published:  12/27/2011

Date Updated:  6/25/2016

ID:  23123

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