Take a trip on a glass bottom boat to see the coral & fish at Buccoo Reef then onto the Nylon Pool. Later the boat takes you to No Mans Land for a beach barbecue party. Great fun. Loud Calypso Music. Rum Punch Beer.
It was a fun party in idealic surroundings.
Bucoo Reef is a protected area located in the Pigeon Point/Store Bay area [ close to Crown Point airport location ]. To view the rich coral reef, you must be accompanied by a guide.
Numerous tour companies offer excursions for 1.5 to 2 hours using glass bottomed boats, which are equipped with life vests.
The rate can be anywhere between 15-25 USD, dependent on the tour operator. Hotel transfers are available.
This is a MUST SEE visit in Tobago which is great for families and snorkelling enthusiasts alike
I snorkelled in the area and it was absolutely breathtaking. The view from the glass bottomed boat does not do justice as opposed to seeing it "live".
Buccoo Reef is now a protected area having experienced degradation over the years.
After the snorkelling you are taken for a brief stop to the "Nylon Pool", which is a natural phenemon. In the midst of the ocean is a SHALLOW area of crystal waters.
TIP: Snorkel gear is providedl. On my tour footwear [flippers] was not provided. Walk with your own if you wish.
A non-profit, environmentally friendly wildlife reserve located at the Pointe-a-Pierre oil refinery in the South.
It is a haven for various wildfowls and other birds set on a secluded area of land, surrounded by lakes and lush vegetation.
Visitors are accompanied by a guide to walk the trails, which can be completed in one hour. I saw peacocks, the Scarlet Ibis [ the national bird of Trinidad], the Cocrico,[ the national bird of Tobago] and an array of wildfowls and various versions of the Heleconia plant families.
The guide was quite knowledgeable and was always willing to answer any questions I had.
The rate is TT 8.00 per person.
Reservations are required.
There is a natural history museum and other displays on site.
TIP: for the adventourous ask the guide to see the "rainbow boa", a harmless snake resident at this location.. I had the opportunity to hold one.
Maracas Beach has nice waves and a pleasant vibe, as well as several choices for Shark & Bake (a Trinidadian dish). The drive up the mountain and then down to the beach is filled with beautiful views. If you're driving, watch the road carefully, but if you're in the passenger seat, have your camera ready!
Pigeon Point is the most popular beach of Tobago.
With it's beautiful white beach, amazing blue water and green environment, it is just what you imagine of a caribbean beach.
You need to pay for using the facilities, however, if you walk on the beach, you can get in for free. But, then t is possible they don't sell you anything at the restaurant/bar.
As mention above, the is a bar, restaurant, a shop and you can rent waterscooters, surfboards or make a trip to the Nylon Pool.
As you continue past the Mystery Tombstone and past the sports field you will come to Fort James. The fort is the oldest fort on the island of Tobago dating from 1650. Nothing remains of the early fort although there is a small stone building, stone shot oven from the British era and four canons, three British and one French pointing out to sea.
The fort has great views over Turtle Beach and Great Courland Bay and the gardens of the Fort are well maintained.
Just across the road from the tombstone and down a little cul-de-sac road you come to the Courland Monument which commemorates the founding of the town of Plymouth by the Latvian Courlanders, who in doing so founded the oldest town on the island of Tobago. The inscription on the Monument praises the 'bold, enterprising and industrious' Latvians.
Contrary to the name, there is not much to see at the mystery tombstone, but if in Plymouth you may as well take a look at this gravesite, if only to read the strange inscription. The tomb is also an indication of Tobago's past and slavery period.
The tomb marks the double grave of a child and her 23 year old mother Betty Stiven and the inscription reads 'What was remarkable of her; she was a mother without knowing it, and a wife without letting her husband know it, except by her kind indulgeces to him.' There are many stories behind this strange, 'mystery' inscription and nobody really knows what it means.
Betty is said to have been an African slave and lover of wealthy Dutch planter Alex Stiven. One story says that Betty gave birth to Stiven's child and he took the child to rear it but would not acknowledge Betty as the mother making her a 'mother without knowing it.' The second story says that the affair between the two was secret and that when Betty died when giving birth to the child, Alex was so overcome with grief that he left this cryptic message to commemorate their love.
Plymouth is located on the leeward coast about a kilometre past Turtle Beach. The town was the first European settlement on the island of Tobago and is recognised as the oldest town on the island. The first sellers here were known as the Courlanders (a group of roaming sea farers from what is present day Latvia) Afterwards the Dutch arrived and finally the British.
The small town of Plymouth is a pleasant place to explore and the people are friendly and welcoming. The town is probably one of the best places to experience a typical Caribbean town laid out in blocks of small wooden bungalows, painted in colourful pastel tones with wooden fences and terrace decking.
The town has a few small attractions for visitors to explore although none particularly mind blowing. Fort James is located on the coast side of town and is Tobago's oldest fort. Nearby is the Mystery Tombstone and across the road from the tomb is the Great Courland Bay Monument.
To fully explore and appreciate the beautiful Tobago coastline, you need to do a boat trip along the coast. During a boat trip you can explore some of the more secluded bays which can be inaccesible by car or only after a long hike through the rain forest. The boats can be as luxurious or simple as you like and the prices vary accordingly. Island Girl is one of the more expensive boats...a beautiful catamaran vessel which takes you up the Caribbean coast. We went for a cheaper tour using a local fishing boat and had a really memorable day. As well as taking in the beautiful coastal scenery, you can fish and snorkel as well as experiencing the beautiful nylon pool (see 'Nylon Pool Tip'), Buccoo Reef, Castara Bay and the highlight of the trip, swimming with Stevie...a huge Sting Ray who lives near King Peter's Bay. This harmless Sting Ray is very friendly and amazing to see and swim with.
All your drinks and food are included in the trip price (around €40) for the day. Any fish you catch is cooked on a BBQ at No Man's Land where you stop for lunch as well as salads and chicken.
Really great day out and a great way to finish our Tobago Holiday. I would recommend Daryl to organise your tour - very friendly and informative - based at Turtle Beach near Plymouth
Sunday School is not what it sounds like.Every week locals and tourists alike crowd into Buccoo Bay for the islands biggest and loudest open air beach party. From around 9.00 to the early hours of the morning, this normally quiet and sleepy bay becomes the scene of Tobago's most famous party where you can hear Steel Pan music, wander around local craft stalls, gamble at the local games tables, dance, try local food and meet with locals. Early in the night the atmosphere is more tourist orientated but later the scene turns more boistrous and the locals flood into the area for the all night party. The steel pan band is replaced by a DJ and across the road the Hendrix Bar begins to fill up with crowds of people.
You can sample many of the local foods at the variety of open air restaurants, such as Shark and Bake, lobster, BBQ meat and fish and macaroni/cheese bake.
However, Sunday School is a place where you need to keep your wits about you especially later into the night. Watch your belongings and don't wander into dark areas. Sunday School has gained a dubious reputation especially after midnight where tourists can become the focus of attention for the more shady charachters around the area. Having said that it is a great experience if you stick with the crowd and watch your things.
Also if you are travelling to Buccoo independently it is a good idea to arrange a taxi to pick you up at an arranged time as taxis can be difficult to come by later into the night.
While Charlotteville Beach and the village itself are beautiful spots in their own right, the most spectacular part of Charlotteville is the more secluded and quieter beach on the northern side of the town. Pirate's Bay can only be reached after a 15-20 minute walk over a small headland jutting out into the bay and cutting Pirate's Bay off from the village of Charlotteville. You can pay a local fisherman to talk you to the bay by boat but they were looking for between TT$100-TT%150 (€12-17)!
The easiest way to reach the bay is by taking the track which leads up from Charlotteville around the headland and down into the Bay. Once you round the headland you will soon come to a smaller track to the left and down and long series of stone steps lined by beautiful palm trees.
The walk is rewarded by what is my favourite beach in all of Tobago - Pirate's Bay. The bay is secluded, quiet, relaxed and comes with turquoise water, soft white sand and swaying palm trees all backed by a steep incline of forest and cliffs. A piece of Paradise in Paradise itself.
Pirate's Bay also has some of the finest snorkelling in Tobago.
Charlotteville is probably one of the most pituresque little villages on the whole island of Tobago. There is a lovely relaxed atmoshere here and as you stroll along the waterfront or along the narrow streets through the village, you will get the impression of a village where tourism is not an interference or problem but not hugely important for this sleepy fishing community. A couple of small huts selling local crafts and souvenirs is the only visable recognition of Charlotteville as a tourist destination. On the southern edge of the village is the beautiful beach which is very popular for tourists and locals alike. However the best beach in the area is the secluded Pirate's Bay to the north.
Flagstaff Hill is the furthest north part of the island that you can access easily by road. The hill is also one of the highest points on the island and offers breathtaking views out over Charlotteville, London Bridge Rock and St. Giles Island as well as Man O War Bay and Bloody Bay. The hill was once used as a lookout by French and British soldiers and once you see the great views from the top you will understand why!
Store Bay near Crown Point is one of the islands busiest and most commercial beaches but is also a great place to locate local crafts and to sample local food. Store Bay is a favourite beach for locals and so is always very busy. Watersports are available and you can hire jetskies and also book a glass bottom boat tour from the beach. The race finishes early on Saturday morning and kick starts a large outdoor party which lasts for the weekend.
Store Bay has many small stores and stalls set up around a central courtyard where you can pick up a large variety of crafts and souvenirs and around the corner from the craft shops is a string of small food outlets where you can try tasty local dishes such as Roti, Crab and Dumplings and Doubles.
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