Tobago:

 

Airports:  (Airport Code TAB):  Tobago‘s only airport, A.N.R.Robinson International Airport (TAB), previously known as Crown Point International Airport, is located on the south-western tip of the island, 8 miles from capital,Scarborough.

Currency:  The currency of Tobago & Tobago is the T&T dollar. Coins come in denominations of TT$1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents; and banknotes in TT$1, 5, 10, 20 and 100.  Major credit cards (Master Card, Visa, American Express) are accepted almost everywhere, but don’t expect to use cards at small shops, stalls and bars, etc. The US dollar is accepted in most establishments, but it is wiser and cheaper to use local TT currency.

Climate:  The best time to visit Tobago is usually when the average temperatures are at a comfortable level (between 20°C / 68.0°F and 30°C / 86.0°F on average) which fortunately is throughout the year. This means it’s ideal for all sorts of activities – indoors or outdoors – and the heat shouldn’t slow you down too much.

The warmest time of year in Tobago  is in May when it is 27.75°C / 82.0°F on average, but could get up to 31.2°C / 88.2°F maximum.

Water Temperature:  The average water temperature in Tobago is: 77–85°F

Language:  English is the official language of Tobago.

Dive Landscape: 

Cove Reef:  Depth: 10-27m
Cove Reef is a fringing reef that mainly consists of sponges and hard corals. The reef flat starts in 10 meters and is sloping gently down to 25 m. It is one of the deeper reefs in the South. With its numerous crevices and caves it is the perfect hideaway for lobsters, moray eels and nurse sharks. The typical Caribbean variety can also be found here: grouper, trumpet fish, rays, trunk and trigger fish, turtles and barracudas are dwellers on Cove Reef.

Flying Reef:  Depth: 10-16m
Flying Reef is one of the most popular reefs in Tobago. Because of its length of some kilometers and depth of only 16 meters it is suitable for beginners and advanced divers. A forest of soft corals and enormous sponges dominate the under water scenery – and whoever thinks that is not enough – should have a look at the vast variety of different reef fish such as triggerfish, stingrays, moray eels, rainbow parrotfish, angelfish, butterfly fish, porcupine fish, turtles and much more.

Divers Thirst:  Depth: 16-30m
This reef is located between Flying Reef and Divers Dream. Also here we are exposed to strong currents, but one can easily avoid it by diving just under the ledge of the reef. Big nurse sharks, barracudas and stingrays are frequently seen here. An encounter with other big fellows such as bull sharks or tiger sharks is possible.

Divers Dream:  Depth: 15-20m
Divers Dream is a plateau, roughly 5 km offshore. The top of the reef is as shallow as 6 m and slopes down to a depth of 25 m. Beautifully covered boulders are found in this area, attracting an huge amount of barracudas, snappers, giant parrotfish and triggerfish. Being such an exposed dive site you also find nurse sharks, eagle rays and reef sharks.

Mount Irvine Extension:  Depth: 10-25m
Mt. Irvine Extension starts off with huge coral boulders at a depth of around 8 meters. A few minutes into the dive the scenery turn into a massive coral reef that offers shelter to a variety of creatures like lobsters, giant crabs, octopus and scorpion fish. In the blue water above the reef you might see tarpons, cobies and eagle rays. Some groupers are strolling between a school of big eyes.

M.S. Maverick:  Depth: 15-30m
The ferry “Scarlett Ibis” was sunk in 1997 for diving purposes. The 70 meter long ship which was renamed the “Maverick” is sitting upright on a sandy bottom at a maximum depth of 30 meters. In her years under water she has put on a beautiful coat of corals and sponges. Schools of bait fish find shelter in the huge belly of the ship wreck. Jacks are attracted by this never ending stock of prey.

Mount Irvine Wall:  Depth: 8-16m
With only 15 m max. depth in the protected bay of Mt. Irvine, the Wall is an easy but extremely interesting dive site. The steep cliff with beautiful canyons, cracks and ledges is the home of large groups of schooling fish, like surgeonfish or triggerfish. With some luck one might find a seahorse or short nose batfish.Caribbean angelfish and parrotfish will round this colorful under water picture off.

The Sisters:  Depth: 15-30m
Heading north we will reach the rock formation of the Sisters, some 5 pinnacles coming up from more than 40 meters depth. A beautiful covered and bizarre underwater scenery makes the Sisters a memorable dive. In overhangs and caves you find not only lobster but also stingrays and nurse sharks. Depending on the season and current a school of hammerhead sharks can be seen here. The Sisters are fully exposed to the wind and open sea so that it can only be dived in good weather conditions.

Japanese Garden:  Depth: 6-25m
One of the dives, in which you can see the vast variety of marine life in Tobago waters. After descending into the “fish soup” you will drift towards ” Kamikaze Cut” and once passed, you are diving through four different zones of underwater scenery. A dive second to none!

Kelleston Drain:  Depth: 9-20m
This dive is famous for the huge brain coral which you will see towards the end of this challenging dive. We are starting in a sheltered bay on a shallow plateau from where the current will take us to the deeper water. The nutrient rich water allows a luxuriant growth of sponges and soft coral. Big schools of Creole wrasse and jack fish are always there. Even nurse sharks and giant green moray eels are frequently seen.

Bookends:  Depth: 7-26m
Bookends got the name from strangely shaped rocks coming up to the surface. Depending on the current this may be a quiet difficult dive site. A natural amphitheatre invites you to look at nurse sharks and turtles not to forget about the huge tarpons, like monuments in the blue water.

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