|Dive area / region : Tobago - See the map||
|Best diving season : June • July • August • September • October|
|Recommended number of days to stay : 5 to 7 days|
|Number of dive sites : More than 20 Dive Sites|
|Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 21-25C : Thin Wetsuit|
|Average visibility : 26 - 30 meters|
|Average dives depth : 20 Meters|
|Type of currents : Strong currents - drift diving|
|Months when these currents are present : N/A|
|General surface conditions : Very variable conditions|
|Wreck types : Recent world ships||
|Type of marine life : Jacks • Moray Eels • Shark - Grey nurse • Shark - Lemon shark • Shark - Reef shark • Tuna • Turtles • Whales|
|Presence of caves / caverns : Yes - Open|
Scuba Diving in Tobago
Written by Guest February 22, 2009 Hits: 4000 0
Suit: 3mm wetsuit or shortie
Type of diving: Reefs, drifts
Tobago is a tiny island at only twenty five miles long and seven miles wide surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the sister island of Trinidad and they are separated by a channel only twenty two miles wide. The two are very different: Trinidad is known as a carnival island, whereas Tobago is far more relaxed with a slower pace of life. There are many secluded bays and sandy beaches and inland the mountainous island is covered in rainforest and palm valleys.
The outflow of South America’s Orinoco River, the Southern Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, all meet around the island of Tobago. Consequently, the surrounding waters are teeming with nutrients and underwater life. Over 300 species of coral, including the world’s largest brain coral, fish galore - Glassy Sweepers and Spotted Drums. Fairy Basslets, Parrotfish, Barracuda, Triggerfish, Sergeant Majors, every species of Angel Fish. Southern Stingrays, Morays, Turtles, Nurse Sharks, as well as on the Northern Atlantic side of Speyside, drift diving with Manta Rays, and Tarpon.
Manta season runs from November to June, and peaks in January & February. During this period, Manta Rays can be seen at Speyside, around Little Tobago and Goat Islands. Far from shy, Mantas are not afraid of divers! When not feeding, they will often approach divers, begging for a back scratching or offering an ride. A ride on one of these 'Tobago Taxis' is an experience no one can forget.
Speyside has been described as the ‘Disneyland’ of diving. An apt description, with its diverse range of dives and the surprise creatures that visit this part of the sea. Whale Sharks, the biggest fish in the sea, are rare in the Caribbean. They are most often seen in Tobago in the summer time - June and July being the most likely months for an encounter with these giants. There is no way to be sure exactly when or where a whale shark will arrive in Tobago, or how long it will linger, but if you are lucky enough dive with one, you’ll never forget it.
Since 2003, the number of dive sites in Tobago was increased with the addition of two new wrecks. The first is in the Speyside area between Goat Island and the mainland, at the northeast tip of the island. The second went down off Mount Irvine Point on the Caribbean side, very near to the wreck of the MV Maverick, which is a popular site with divers.
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Great dive holiday with Tobago Dive Pirates!
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Reviewed by Alan Biscombe
September 06, 2010
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My family and I went to Tobago for a week dive holiday, and we had one of the best trips ever, we enjoyed some great drift dives, lots of fish life, Flying Reef was fantastic.
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