Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Trinidad & Tobago

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Trinidad & Tobago

Scuba diving information in Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad can only offer limited and seasonal diving because of discharge from the nearby Orinoco River in Venezuela. This causes very poor visibility for diving. The diving is therefore limited to the north coast and around the Bocas Islands. On the other hand, the waters around Trinidad are rich in plankton and so sightings of large mantas are quite common. Leatherback sea turtles can also be seen on Trinidad's Mathura beach, where they lay their eggs. However, most of the diving is based on Tobago. Due to thar strong currents, drift diving is the most common form of diving found in Tobago. In general terms, Tobago's underwater world consists of long sloping reefs, sunken ships, massive mountain-like formations, shear walls, plains and striking canyons, where millions of coral and sponge organisms encrust and grow. There are 300 species of coral documented in Tobago's waters, including the biggest single colony of brain coral in the Caribbean. Sting rays, barracuda, tarpons, turtles, parrotfish, sharks and around 700 species of reef fish are just some of the underwater inhabitants awaiting your visit. The St. Giles Islands area in particular provides excellent diving locations. Here the Atlantic Ocean collides with the Caribbean Sea bringing strong currents and plankton-rich water that attracts some of the largest pelagics in Tobago. On the southeast coast are the exceptionally clear Nylon Pool and Buccoo Reef National Park, perfect for snorkeling. On the north side, sites like Japanese Gardens and Kamikaze Cut, London Bridge, Kelleston Drain and Blackjack Hole provide memorable dives. During the months of March to July, Manta Reef is the place to see giant rays, although divers can also encounter dolphins, marine turtles and sharks. With average underwater visibility of 12 to21 meters (up to 36 m in dry season), a water temperature of 25 to 28°C, Tobago is an ideal place to dive. Whatever your level of experience is, from absolute beginner to dive expert, the waters around Tobago offer fantastic diving opportunities. Accredited dive centers and operators are located throughout the island. Most dive sites are just 15 minutes via boat. The dry season, between February and August, is the best time of year for diving and snorkeling Tobago.

Geography and climate

Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic state in the southern Caribbean, lying just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles. The country covers an area of 5,128 km² and consists of two main islands. Trinidad and Tobago both enjoy a generally pleasant maritime tropical climate influenced by the northeast trade winds. In Trinidad the annual mean temperature is 26 °C, and the average maximum temperature is 34 °C. The humidity is high, particularly during the rainy season, when it averages 85 to 87 %. Tobago's climate is similar to Trinidad's but slightly cooler. The islands receive an average of 2,250 mm of rainfall per year, usually concentrated in the months of June through December. The islands lie just outside the hurricane belt. The islands are in an earthquake zone, though serious quakes are extremely rare.

Entry requirements

To visit Trinidad and Tobago, you must have a valid passport, a return ticket, proof of funds to maintain themselves while in the country and provide an address in TT, such as a hotel or family/friend. Citizens of the USA, Canada, CARICOM countries and most EU and Latin American countries do not require a visa for vacation or business of 30 days or less. Other nationalities need to apply for a visa in advance at an embassy or consulate of TT in their home countries.

Health and safety

Vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Rabies, Yellow Fever, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are recommended. Avoid mosquito bites. For more informations, please contact your doctor before traveling. Trinidad has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Generally, it is best to travel with the sun. There has also been a worrying increase in violent crime, muggings and robberies in all areas. Tobago is much less dangerous.

Time zone

115/60Hz North American plug.

Communications

In Tobago, many public phone booths take phonecards which can be bought from local shops and TSTT. Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Piarco International Airport, as well as Rituals Coffee Shops across the country, have Wi-Fi access, as well as Movie Towne and select hotels and restaurants. Access in libraries is free.

Power and Electricity

UTC -4

Other Informations

In an emergency the only recompression chamber on the island is located in Roxborough.

Scuba Diving locations in Trinidad & Tobago

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Trinidad & Tobago? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Trinidad & Tobago, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

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Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Trinidad & Tobago

Which locations in Trinidad & Tobago have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Trinidad & Tobago and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Trinidad & Tobago

Which marine species can I observe in Trinidad & Tobago? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Trinidad & Tobago

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Trinidad & Tobago? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Trinidad & Tobago.

Scuba Diving centers in Trinidad & Tobago

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Trinidad & Tobago? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Trinidad & Tobago. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

There are no diving centers available

Liveaboards in Trinidad & Tobago

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Trinidad & Tobago? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Trinidad & Tobago. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Trinidad & Tobago

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Trinidad & Tobago? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Trinidad & Tobago. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available