Bateau Reef / Aquarium Snorkeling

The 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot in Tobago.

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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 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Bateau Reef / Aquarium including Angel Reef, Lovers Bay, Little Tobago, Goat Island and Manta Reef.


Local Contact(s):  Tobago Tourism (868) 639-9543; Eco Divers (868) 639-8729; Tobago Dive Experience (868) 660-4888; Undersea Tobago (868) 631-2626; Tobago Day Cruiser (868) 639-4221.

Recommended Book:  "Tobago Dive Guide" from Solomon Baksh

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

Article Source:   Best Bateau Reef / Aquarium Snorkeling Review

GPS:  11.304522, -60.528284

Date Published:  12/30/2011

Date Updated:  6/26/2016

ID:  23130

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