Trinidad & Tobago

Country: Trinidad & Tobago

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Intro to Trinidad & Tobago - Trinidad and Tobago is a dual-island Caribbean nation near Venezuela. They are known for having their distinctive Creole traditions and cuisines. Both islands have distinct personalities while having a share of natural beauty. The larger of the two, Trinidad, is the location of most of the country's cities and activity and is also the country's industrial centre. Tobago is more known for tourism and is a popular tourist destination.

Dive Overview -  Trinidad and Tobago offers dive sites for every experience level as well as varied and abundant marine life. Most dives in the region are drift dives that are thrilling and give the opportunity for divers to swim with pelagics. Macro photography is a favorite activity there.
 

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Trinidad & Tobago Marine Life - You can see turtles, dolphin, whales and West Indian Manatee in the Trinidad waters. Around Tobago, expect to meet with huge manta rays, porcupine fish, French angelfish, black tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, southern stingrays, Atlantic guitarfish, lobster, eels, snappers, rainbow runners, torpedo rays, bicolour damselfish, pork fish, Bermudan chub, big eye and glass eye snapper. Other creatures you can expect to find include green morays, cubera snappers, blue wrasse, large black groups, spiny lobsters, sennet fish, the African Pompano, blue chromis, damselfish, schools of jacks and spotted morays.

Diving Conditions

Water Temperature: Averages averages 25°C/78°F and 28°C/84°F in summer

Visibility: 5 - 30m (16 - 98 ft)

Depth Range: 3 - 31m (10 - 102 ft)

Weather: Trinidad & Tobago is warm and sunny year-round, with an average daily temperature of 28 C/ 85F, dipping to 22C/75F in the evenings.

Dive Sites - Here are some of the best diving spots in Trinidad & Tobago:

MV Maverick – This 107-metre/350-foot ex-Trinidad-Tobago car ferry is one of the most famous wrecks found in the Caribbean. It has a rich growth of corals and its prolific marine life can include barracuda, turtles, eagle rays and cobia, and barracuda.

Keleston Drain – You can find one of the Caribbean’s largest brain corals here. You’ll see moray eels, big schools of Creole wrasse and jacks. You may even get the chance to spot manta rays, barracuda and reef sharks.

The Sisters – This is a rock formation with five pinnacles rising from more than 40m under the surface. You’ll likely to spot hammerhead sharks, nurse sharks, stingrays and even whales, if you’re really lucky.

Flying Reef – This popular reef is relatively shallow – only 15 metres/50 feet. It is full of soft corals and enormous sponges and you can see a variety of different reef fish swimming about the reef. You might also see stingrays burying themselves in the sand around the reef.

Mt. Irvine Wall and Extension – The wall has beautiful canyons, cracks and ledges. It is home to large groups of schooling fish and seahorse. You'll see a massive coral reef that offers shelter to a variety of creatures at the extension. tarpon, cobia and eagle rays, might be seen off the reef.

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How to Get There - Daily flights from several US gateways to Trinidad are available. Trinidad's Piarco International Airport is 27km/15 miles from the capital, Port of Spain, while Tobago's ANR Robinson International Airport is located 13km/8 miles from the capital, Scarborough. It is easy to travel between Trinidad and Tobago. There are scheduled flights between airports which is a 25-minute flight time. Alternatively, you can take high speed ferry from capital city to capital city, which is a 1/2-hour travel.
 
How to Dive Trinidad & Tobago -  There are dive resorts and dive operators available in Trinidad and Tobago. If you want to rent diving equipment you must be a certified diver. You can simply take instructional courses at local dive centers if you are not certified yet.
 

Weather -  You can dive all year in Trinidad & Tobago but visibility might be lower during the rainy season (July to December).

 

Topside & Non-Diving Activities

✓ Bird watching

✓ Hiking

✓ Mountainbiking

✓ Shopping

✓ Great beaches

✓ Main Ridge Rain Forest

✓ Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve

✓ Pigeon Point Heritage Park

 

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Practical Information

Currency: Local currency is Trinidad and Tobago dollar. US dollars are widely accepted.

Language: The official language of Trinidad and Tobago is English

Main Airport Code: POS

Time Zone: UTC-5 in the summer & UTC-4 in the winter

Electricity: 110/220 volts

Health: Special vaccinations are not required for visitors from North America or Europe, however, it is recommended that you check with your doctor to ensure that your vaccinations and boosters are up to date.

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