Ketchup Reef Snorkeling

The 15th most popular snorkel dive spot in Tobago.

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West of Scarborough off Pigeon Point, the snorkeling at Ketchup Reef is a great family-friendly dive site. There is a nice fringing reef protecting the shoreline. Out on the reef, you’ll see sea plumes, soft corals and sea rods that provide habitat for the butterflyfish, angelfish, parrotfish, wrasses, grunts and snapper. The reef in 10 foot waters can be accessed by either shore or boat.

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, Ketchup Reef is the 15th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Ketchup Reef including Store Bay, Buccoo Reef, Grafton Beach, Englishmans Bay, Nylon Pool, Mount Irvine Bay, Cotton Bay, .

Ketchup Reef Snorkeling Map



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

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

GPS:  11.16991, -60.84223

Date Published:  12/26/2011

Date Updated:  7/19/2016

ID:  24604

Ketchup Reef Snorkeling Map


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