A group of 18 from the Overland Underwater Dive Club flew out to Tobago for a two week twin centre trip on 3rd November 2010. We had a real mix of divers with some having completed hundreds of dives whilst others were relatively inexperienced and one even completed her PADI Open Water Diver Certification whilst we were out there. We also had several non diving partners along for a couple of relaxing weeks in the sunshine.
We spent the first week in Crown Point, the main town in Tobago which is situated to the south west of the island. Here you have access to the dive sites on the Caribbean Coast which benefits from the influence of the Orinoco River, whose nutrient rich waters support an abundance of marine life with sheltered reefs of hard and soft corals, colourful sponges and a thriving fish population. For the more experienced this coast also boasts Tobago’s finest wreck, the Maverick, a former car ferry that was intentionally sunk in 1997 and lies in 30m. Unfortunately there had been tropical storms the week before we arrived which meant that the normally clear waters were somewhat murky for the first few days. However, visibility aside there was still lots to see and with water temperatures of 29°C it made for some very pleasant diving.
For the second week we transferred up to Speyside, a small village located at the remote Northern end of Tobago facing on to the Atlantic coast. Here you are situated on the edge of the rainforest with Goat Island and Little Tobago just off the coast making for some spectacular scenery. This part of the island is world famous for its spectacular drift dives and boasts the largest brain coral in the world, measuring over 5 metres across. Visibility had improved dramatically and we had some spectacular dives.
Out of the water we had an excellent two weeks too. Nick and Carolyn kept us all entertained with their comedy antics. Our resident naturalist David was in his element and had us all spotting exotic birds with his infectious enthusiasm. Sam and Mike did their best to investigate all the islands night life whilst the non diving contingency (aka the “Womens Institute”) kept us all organised with regular reconnaissance trips finding the best places to eat, etc.
Tobago is a great island with fantastic scenery, white sandy beaches, the legendary laid back Caribbean hospitality and some great diving. We would like to thank Extra Divers for looking after us while we were there and everyone who came along for making it a memorable trip. We would thoroughly recommend Tobago as a good value Caribbean destination with lots to offer.