Englishmans Bay Snorkeling
The 6th most popular snorkel dive spot in Tobago.
Thursday 11 August 2016 06:25 GMT
On the west side of Tobago, the snorkeling at Englishmans Bay is one of the most popular dive sites on the island and is good at both ends of the beach. The better reef for snorkeling is on the right side of the bay, which many divers say is excellent. During an Englishmans Bay snorkeling dive, you may encounter wrasse, grunts, snapper, eels, filefish, trumpetfish, octopus, lobster and stingrays among the coral reefs and sponges. Since there is a rocky shoreline, the water clarity can be very good in Englishmans Bay. This shore-accessed or boat-accessed snorkeling dive site has waters ranging from surface to 30 feet deep. It is located about 1.5 miles northeast of Castara.
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, Englishmans Bay is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Englishmans Bay including Buccoo Reef, Nylon Pool, Grafton Beach, Castara Bay, Store Bay and Canoe Bay.