Just north of Speyside on the northeast coast of Tobago, the snorkeling at Bateau Reef is well known for its rich marine life. Located on the southern side of Bateau Bay off Anse Bateau, there is a rocky point with usually good visibility. Due to the clarity and reef fish, this snorkeling dive site is also known as the Aquarium or Aquamarine. It is important to note that while there are several rock formations offshore that come above the water, there is very little coral.
This dive site is best in the morning with calm winds and low surf. Even then, it can be an intermediate level snorkeling dive.
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, Bateau Reef / Aquarium is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago.