> Destinations > Trinidad & Tobago > Trip Reports > Trip Report
Just thought I would share with all of you a trip report from my visit to
First an overview of Tobago. This Island is just 25 miles long and is part
of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, lying off the coast of Venezula. The
people are extremely friendly and the island is very safe. Tourism has not
been promoted, so the experiences in Tobago are very laid back. The usual
tourists visiting the island are mainly British and German, with a few
Americans. This will change since a new Hilton has just been completed and
golf courses are being developed. Prices are similar to US, a good dinner is
about $15.00 ($90.-100 TT). All in all most things are resonable. Diving
is a little pricier than the keys, each dive (tank, weightbelt and airfill
for 1 dive runs $35.00 - 45.00 US, with discounts for more dives. There are
quite a number of beaches and a large primitive rainforest. Birwatching and
other ecotourism activites are big here. On can also horseback ride near
the forest across the interior of the island as aell as down Turtle Beach
I dove 2 days (1 dive each day ) in Crown Point and 2 dives (one day) in
Speyside. Visibility was at worst 40 to 50 feet and a miximum of 90 feet.
Depth ranged from 40' to 75' for these dives. All dives we did were drift
dives with the Dive master leading and a designated "sweep" who brought up
the rear. We dove with R & Sea Diving in Crown Point. Rental equipment was
adequate. The divemasters were excellent, stressing safety stops, etc.
Boats were open fishing boats 25 - 30' in length. Dive locations were less
than a mile from shore. Although we dove in December (end of the rainy
season) the dry season, April, - July is supposed to be very better.
Airfares are also much better in the summer.
Accommodations can range from under $100.00 per night to $250.00-300.00 per
night. Crown point has more options and is more reasonable, as well as more
restuarants, etc. Speyside (better diving) is about an hour to an hour and
a half away (25 miles) with fewer options for dining.
Thanks to Ed for this trip report ...