Tobago is one of the most rewarding dive locations in the Caribbean.
Rich and colorful water reefs surround the island making it easy to
explore its spectacular aquatic communities by scuba diving or
snorkeling. These waters support various different species of coral
and a broad array of reefs and undersea gardens. Among the most
noted diving spots in Tobago are Speyside, Little Tobago and Goat
Island on the Northeastern side. On the South east coast are Buccoo
Reef – a protected marine park between Pigeon Point and Buccoo Point
and the Nylon Pool – a shallow area in the middle of the reef for
swimming. Daily tours are available for both of these facilities.
The best months for diving are March to July. The Association
of Tobago Dive Operators (ATDO) offers drift diving courses as well
as PADI courses for beginners.
For further information contact
Association of Tobago Dive Operators
Trinidad is home to six golf courses. The St Andrew’s Golf Club in
Moka, Maraval and the Millennium Lakes Golf Course at Sunrise Park
Trincity are both championship eighteen-hole courses. The
Chaguaramas golf course is a unique nine hole Par 67, 5,646-yard
golf course with arrangements for visitors. There are also courses
at Pointe-à-Pierre (Petrotrin Golf Club -18 hole par 70), Usine St
Madeleine and Brechin Castle (both 9). Tobago is home to the Mount
Irvine Bay golf course (18) which hosts the prestigious Pro-Am
International each February (T: (868) 639-8872) and the 7,000-yard,
PGA-designed Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club at Lowlands T:
Tobago is the mountain biker’s island paradise. Many trails run
through the Main Ridge Forest Reserve. The island’s tropical climate
allows year-round cycling, though muddy trails can be hazardous in
the wet season.
Trails in Chaguaramas, Trinidad are ideal for beginners. Bikes can
be rented from several places, but there are no trail maps
available, so it is advisable to check with a guide. Trails can be
muddy and slippery after heavy rain, so the best time of year for
mountain biking is the dry season.
Kerry “Max” Williams, T: (868) 735-5634
Geronimo’s Cycle and Sports, T: (868) 622-BIKE
Kayak Centre, Chaguaramas, T: (868) 633-7871
No map of the trails has been produced, so ride with a guide to find
the best (and safest) routes.
Fishing in Trinidad & Tobago is seasonal. Tarpon can be caught in
the waters of Trinidad & Tobago all year round but are particularly
active during the rainy season. Wahoo is another big prize which
peaks from October to May, while tuna and shark are plentiful all
year round. Most charter boat operators are based in Chaguaramas on
the North Western peninsula of Trinidad and offer fully equipped
customized fishing trips. Boat rentals can start at approximately
$US 500 per day. Alternatively outings can be arranged with local
fishermen at any of the marinas on the Chaguaramas coast. With an
abundance of game fish, Trinidad hosts several international
tournaments including the Kingfish Tournament, the Tarpon Bash and
the Wahoo Tournament. On-shore fishing in Trinidad is also popular
at the mouth of the Nariva River, the jetty at Maracas Bay, Las
Cuevas, Galera Point and at the mouth of the Godineau River on
Trinidad ‘s West coast. Game fishing tournaments are held in Tobago
in March and April. The offshore season lasts from October to June.
Conservation is important, so competitions and charters use the
Trinidad and Tobago Game Fishing Association
T: (868) 624-5304
River kayaking is best in the wet season when rivers are full. The
Tobago Sea Kayak Experience at Man o’ War Bay offers kayak tours of
the island, and instruction for both novices and more experienced
kayakers. Kayaks can be rented at some beaches while hotels such as
Grafton Bay Resort and Le Grand Courlan have their own kayaks and
other watersport equipment for use by their guests.
In Trinidad the Yara and Marianne Rivers on the north coast are
popular kayaking spots (Eric Blackman rents kayaks at the mouth of
the Marianne). Caribbean Discovery Tours takes visitors kayaking in
the Nariva Swamp. The Godineau River takes you through saltwater
mangrove swamps and freshwater marshland. For sea kayaking, the
Kayak Centre in Chaguaramas offers the sheltered waters of Williams
Bay, and provides equipment.
Trinidad has one of the largest racing fleets in the Caribbean.
Chaguaramas is a major sailing hub. The Sailing Association hosts 16
races, including general handicap races where any boat can take
part. Dubbed by “Yachting World” magazine as “the friendliest
regatta in the Caribbean”, the Angostura Tobago Sail Week which
takes place in May is now one of the Caribbean’s premier events. The
dry season (December to May) is the best time for sailing, as winds
are stronger and more consistent. Most of the north coast bays offer
good daytime anchorage, but only professional captains should
attempt the windward side.
The northeast coast is Trinidad’s surfing centre - Salybia Bay,
Grande Rivière and Roughside. In March, the Surfing Association
stages the CSN Sans Souci, the first event in the cross-Caribbean
Carib Challenge Cup series. While the waves in Tobago are less
powerful than those in Barbados or Puerto Rico, they can be
perfectly shaped. Mt Irvine and Bacolet are the major surfing spots
in Tobago. Surfing lessons and board rentals are available at Mt
Irvine Bay. The surfing season is November–March, but patience is
needed—even then, surfing is not possible every day. But the
hurricane season often produces waves well worth the wait.
Reservations are needed to use public courts. Visitors who are
staying only for a short time should contact a coach through the
Tennis Association to secure a time slot. Several hotels have their
own tennis facilities and will provide all the necessary equipment.
Play in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the scorching
The sheltered harbors of Chaguaramas have turned it into Yacht City,
with strings of maintenance and repair yards and marinas. The Yacht
Club at Glencoe is a private marina, but temporary memberships are
available for overseas visitors. Smaller marinas, like Tropical
Marine and Sweetwater, provide basic facilities. Immigration and
customs are based at Crews Inn. Visitors arriving in Tobago by yacht
should check in with the customs and immigration authorities at
Scarborough or Charlotteville, the two official ports of entry.
There are no official anchorage sites in Tobago but Mt Irvine Bay,
Grafton Beach, Store Bay and Englishman’s Bay are all popular
locations. On the southeast coast, Anse Bateau is a good fuelling
The Sport and Physical Education Centre on the university campus in
St Augustine seats over 1,000 people and is often heavily booked.
There are other venues in Maloney, Pleasantville, and Port of Spain
(the Jean Pierre Complex). A Miami Heat court opened in Fanny
Village, Point Fortin. Major events held here are the Super Ten
(October to early December) and the National Club Championship. On
the sister isle, Tobago Basketball Zonal Commission runs the premier
competition. Games are played at Shaw Park every night, 6-10pm. Turn
up and watch for free. There are twenty-two hard courts available
free for public use in towns and villages across Trinidad & Tobago.
The people of Trinidad and Tobago, and indeed West Indians in
general, have an expression to describe what is perhaps our
favourite sport, "Cricket, Glorious Cricket!" This is a serious
sport that is also seriously good fun. International matches are
played at our Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain one of the finest
grounds in the region. In Tobago the main cricket ground is at Shaw
Park, but you can probably watch or even start your own match on any
beach or empty field.
Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board
T: (868) 636-4745 or (868) 679-6551
Tobago Cricket Association
T: (868) 639-7052 or (868) 721-7417
The Beacon Cycle Series and Corkie’s 100-mile ride take place at the
Queen’s Park Savannah, King George V Park and the Arima Velodrome.
The Rainbow Triathlon Club hosts triathlon and duathlon events for
both children and adults. The Beacon Cycling Series, W:
www.caribbeancycling.com • Rainbow Triathlon Club, W:
www.rainbowtri.com. There are two major cycling events held annually
in Tobago: West Indies versus The Rest of the World in March, and
the Tobago Cycling Classic in September both of which attract
international professional cyclists.
The local professional football season usually stretches from April
to December, with matches at the Hasely Crawford, Ato Bolden, Larry
Gomes and Manny Ramjohn Stadiums. The largest Caribbean tournament,
the Digicel Caribbean Cup, kicks off during the second half of the
year. The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet is the central point for
football in Tobago and the home of the Pro League team Tobago
Dwight Yorke Stadium, T: (868) 639-3526
Tobago Football Association, T: (868) 639-3953
Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, T: (868) 623-7312, (868)
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is an explosion of
color, music, revelry and creativity!!! Nothing on earth can
rival the euphoria and stunning spectacle of our festival! For
a complete schedule of all events this Carnival season, click on the
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