Trinidad & Tobago – Lush Sandy Beaches And Diverse Coral Reefs
Known For Healthy coral reefs
Our dive trip to Trinidad & Tobago
Located just north of South America, Trinidad and Tobago enjoys a tropical climate, with stunning white sand beaches and turquoise water. Diving in Trinidad & Tobago consists of vast coral reefs to explore and the chance to encounter pelagic species. Many European and American airlines fly direct to the country, while a domestic flight to Tobago from Trinidad takes just 20 minutes.
We visited Trinidad and Tobago briefly in 2016 as part of a work trip. Spending four days on Tobago was just enough time to squeeze in a few dives. Details of the dive sites can be found below.
Tobago Dive Sites
The majority of dive sites we visited on Tobago were reef dives on the north coast, where turtles, eagle rays and stingrays were common sighted. The Mavericks wreck dive was the highlight of the trip. Abundant marine life can be found around the wreck, making for a great dive.
Omni Reef Favourite Dive Site MV Mavericks wreck
Mavericks Wreck (Tobago)
Depth 15m to 30m
Dive Site Type Wreck
Current Weak to mild
Marine Life Kingfish, barracuda, rainbow runners
History of the MV Maverick wreck
The M.V. Maverick was a passenger ferry operating between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. In 1997, the ferry was scuttled off the north coast of Tobago in order to form an artificial reef and a dive attraction. While operating it was called the Scarlet Ibis and was eventually replaced with a larger ship.
Diving the MV Maverick wreck
The wreck is around 100m in length, sitting at 30m depth on a sandy bottom. Parts of the wreck rise as shallow as 15m. The back deck loading area is open with a large arch at the stern. As all the windows and hatches have been removed, it is possible to enter into the wreck as far down as the engine room. The wreck is a magnet for fish and you can find large schools seeking shelter as well as predatory fish lurking around looking for an easy meal. Corals and sponges encrust the wreck, making it a must do dive site when visiting Tobago.
Mount Irvine Bay Reef Dives (Tobago)
In the bays overlooked by Mount Irvine on the northern coast of Tobago are some excellent reef dives.
Exquisite coral gardens are littered with fish, with encounters with hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, stingrays and eels. The pictures opposite are from the Extension and Stoney Cove dive sites.