Canoe Bay Snorkeling
The 20th most popular snorkel dive spot in Tobago.
Sunday 10 July 2016 06:52 GMT
Southwest of Scarborough and just east of the airport, the snorkeling at Canoe Bay offers plentiful marine life. During Canoe Bay snorkeling, you may encounter angelfish, procupine fish, stingrays, sea turtles, snapper, parrotfish and stingrays. Since this is an Atlantic facing dive site, there can be a cross current drifting snorkelers down shore. The waters range from 10 to 40 feet deep. The dive site is located 1.4 miles to the southeast of Bon Accord.
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, Canoe Bay is the 20th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Tobago. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Canoe Bay including Buccoo Reef, Englishmans Bay, Nylon Pool, Grafton Beach, Castara Bay and Store Bay.