Trinidad & Tobago – Lush Sandy Beaches And Diverse Coral Reefs
Overview of diving in 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.
Our dive trip to Trinidad & Tobago
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.
How to get to Tobago
Tobago has several direct international flights to ANR Robinson International Airport from the US and the UK, however these are only scheduled at once or twice a week. Trinidad has more frequent flights to Piarco International Airport however a short 25 minute domestic flight is then needed to get to Tobago. Alternatively, a 3 hour ferry can be taken from Port Of Spain on Trinidad to Scarborough on Tobago.
Nearest Airport ANR Robinson International Airport (TAB)
How to dive Tobago
Tobago has a selection of dive centers scattered around the island. The major dive areas are the south west and north east of the island so look for dive centers and accommodation in these areas. Some hotels also feature their own in house dive centers or can arrange scuba diving for you.
Recommended Dive Center Undersea Tobago
Best time to dive Tobago
With year round water between 27°C in the winter months to up to 29°C in the summer months Tobago is suitable for diving year round. A 3mm wetsuit is recommended. Tobago is fortunately located outside the main hurricane belt so is still suitable to visit during this season. Visibility can range between 10m and 30m depending on the season. During the rainy season from June to December visibility can be reduced due to increased rainfall.
Water Temperature 27° to 29°C
Visibility 10m to 30m
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
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.