Bloody Bay Snorkeling
The 17th most popular snorkel dive spot in Tobago.
Saturday 25 June 2016 06:50 GMT
West of Speyside and northeast of Castara on the west side of Tobago, the snorkeling at Bloody Bay is known for its protected waters mostly free of any boat traffic. During a Bloody Bay snorkeling dive, you may encounter stingrays in the sand flats between reef formations. The waters are around 20 feet deep and the coral health seems to get better the further you go offshore. While many accessed by shore, it is also possible to access Bloody Bay snorkeling dive sites by boat. Keep in mind that there is mountain rainwater runoff into the bay from June through November which significantly decreases the water clarity.
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, Bloody Bay is the 17th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago.