Above and Beneath
Tobago is internationally recognised as one of the best diving spots in the south-eastern Caribbean. Blessed with nutrient rich waters, the marine life is diverse and abundant. The island's aquamarine seas are home to three hundred species of South Atlantic coral and a variety of spectacular multi-coloured tropical fish (Manta Rays are a common sight). The water temperature ranges from 24C – 28C all year round so not much thermal protection is needed.
There are numerous dive locations around the island. Goat Island and Speyside on the Atlantic side of the island is popular for drift dives and Little Tobago is where many of the manta ray encounters occur. The Sisters is another great dive spot located in Charlotteville on the north-western end of the island, there is a series of rock pinnacles rising up from the deep. Sharks and Turtles are frequently sighted here.
To explore the waters further you'll find a variety of diving courses, ranging from one-day resort courses, which start at US$55–65, to five-day PADI open-water certification courses at a cost of US$ 350–375; and advanced open water courses from US$225. Alternatively, you can enjoy one of the many snorkelling, boat cruises and glass bottom boat trips on offer. If you're after something a little more energetic, and (usually) above rather than under water, you can rent jet skis or try your hand at kayaking, which costs about US$ 10 an hour at Pigeon Point. Certain parts of the island also cater for the water-skiers, surfers and body-boarders among you.