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Sports In Trinidad and Tobago

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
    www.tobagoscubadiving.com

    Undersea Tobago
    T: 631-2626, 680-4209
    www.underseatobago.com

Golf

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: (868) 627-1463.

Trinidad and Tobago Golf Association
www.trinidadandtobagogolfassociation.com

Mountain Biking

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.

Mountain Biking Tobago
T: (868) 639-9709
www.mountainbikingtobago.com


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.

Contacts:
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

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 tag-and-release system.

Trinidad and Tobago Game Fishing Association
T: (868) 624-5304
www.ttgfa.com


Kayaking

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.

Tobago Sea Kayak Experience
T: (868) 660-6186

www.seakayaktobago.com

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.

Kayak Centre: T, (868) 633-7871
Caribbean Discovery Tours, T: (868) 624-7281
Eric Blackman (Marianne River), T: (868) 669-3995

Sailing

Angostura Tobago Sail Week
www.sailweek.com

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.

Surfing

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.

The Surfing Association Trinidad and Tobago
www.surfingtt.org


Tennis

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 midday sun.

Trinidad and Tobago Tennis Association, T: (868) 625-3030
Tobago Tennis Association, T: (868) 769-0218

Yachting

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 point.

Boater’s Directory, www.boatersenterprise.com

Yacht Services Association of Trinidad and Tobago,T: (868) 634-4938

Basketball

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.

T&T Basketball Federation, T: (868) 646-1663, www.nbftt.org
Tobago Basketball Zonal Commission, T: (868) 620-8487

Cricket

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

Cycling

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.

Tobago Cycling, T: 639-5053
Rainbow Triathlon Club, www.rainbowtri.com

The Beacon Cycling Series, www.caribbeancycling.com


Football (Soccer)

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 United.

Dwight Yorke Stadium, T: (868) 639-3526
Tobago Football Association, T: (868) 639-3953
Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, T: (868) 623-7312, (868) 623-9615
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

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