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30 Things to Do in Tobago

Englishman's Bay, Tobago

So when it comes to the Caribbean island of Tobago, you can say I’m a bit of an Island Connoisseur. Having spent 60 days exploring everything there is to see and do here I thought I would put together a list of my top picks. So here they are listed in no particular order.

1. Visit Pigeon Point Heritage Park.

The VERY famous Pigeon Point Heritage Park is one of the most recognizable places to visit here in Tobago.  I am sure you can see why, with its pristine beaches (some of the best in Tobago) and the famous thatched roof jetty.

Pigeon Point | Tobago

Pigeon Point | Tobago

2. No Man’s Land.

No Man’s Land, a split of white coral-sand stretching out in front of the Bon Accord Lagoon. The name is as you’ve guess, owned by no man.

No Man's Land, Tobago

It is a beautiful little slice of paradise many people like to visit on an afternoon to enjoy a swim or make a BBQ and watch Pigeon Point over in the distance.

No Man's Land, Tobago

Now there are a couple ways to get out to No Man’s Land; there is the most common way by boat, which many tour operators will take you out to, and then there is by vehicle. 

No Man's Land, Tobago

3. Go for a Horse ride in the ocean.

Healing with Horses  is a non-profit organization that does therapeutic-riding, leadership-training, riding lessons and more, for differently abled children.

Firstly you learn a bit about each of the horses, and then you are selected by a horse to ride. (A process of sticking your hand out with crackers and seeing which one comes to you.)

Healing with Horses, Tobago
Healing with Horses, Tobago

Then onto the horse ride which was natural riding, bit-less and with no stirrups.

Healing with Horses, Tobago

Healing with Horses, Tobago

We were lucky to see a giant Eagle Ray pop out and swim right in between us.

Healing with Horses, Tobago

4. Do a catamaran snorkel tour. 

Welcome aboard the Island Girl, a lovely sailing catamaran that cruises up the Caribbean coast of Tobago. Boarding at Mt. Irvine Bay and stopping along the way at Cotton Bay,  then towards Castara.

Island Girl, Tobago

Island Girl, Tobago

Only accessible by boat or trail, Cotton Bay is like being in your own slice of paradise. Here you anchor up for some snorkelling in the bay, amidst the rocks. Followed by a BBQ buffet lunch on the boat, which was definitely needed after all that snorkelling. Then it’s deck time with beers and chilling on the catamaran canopy.

Snorkeling, Tobago

Island Girl, Tobago

5. Go hiking in the Main Ridge Forest Reserve.

Right smack in the middle of Tobago is the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, which is the oldest legally protected forest reserve in the western hemisphere geared specifically towards a conservation purpose.

Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve

Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve

Goodbye to the tropical fruits as there is no farming or crops allowed to be planted here. Also, goodbye to the warm temperatures, as you can most definitely notice a climate change, so much so that the lower temperatures and winds actually make it an Evergreen Forest (go figure).

6. Go bird watching with Newton George.

For the bird lovers out there, go deep into the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve with the legendary Newton George, a premier birding guide in Tobago.

Newton George, Bird Watching, Tobago
Newton George, Bird Watching, Tobago

Seriously everyone on the island knows about him, with over 32 years of experience he is literally the Bird Whisperer. While on our walk he could spot birds over 50, 70, 80 feet away!! Tiny, tucked away in the trees. Good thing I had binoculars so that he could point them out to me. Seriously, I am convinced that he has superhuman eye sight.

Newton George, Bird Watching, Tobago

7. Go Stand-Up Paddleboarding.

To those who might be intimidated with water sports, I introduce to you standup paddle or SUP for short.


Stand-up-Paddle, Pigeon Point | Tobago

This fun water sport can be done by almost any age group and most fitness levels. But, don’t let its calm demeanour fool you, SUP can be a pretty intensive workout depending on how fast and long you paddle for.

I took a couple different trips with Stand Up Paddle Tobago: From Pigeon Point down along the coast to Coco Reef and back.

Stand-up-Paddle, Pigeon Point | Tobago

Stand-up-Paddle, Pigeon Point | Tobago

Another trip was along the fishing village of Charlotteville where we paddled out into the ocean. First towards Pirates Bay, a lovely swimming area just to the right of town. From there we zig zagged through the many anchored sailboats and paddled over to the opposite side of  Man O War Bay to the small secluded private Lovers Beach: named for the romantic atmosphere, the lovely speckles of pink sand , and the numerous carvings of couple hearts on the rocks.

Stand-Up-Paddle Tobago

Charlotteville, Tobago

8. Do a Stand-up-Paddle Bioluminescence  Tour.

Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. On our Stand Up Paddle Bioluminescence Tour it was by minuet marine plankton called Dinoflagellates. So at night when you stir the water, they illuminate while agitated and give off a blue-green light.

Just imagine Avatar and glowing lakes, it’s seriously a magic experience. You jump into the tucked away corners of a coastal lagoon and every movement you make leaves a glowing trail of blue-green sparks and hues. If magic truly does exist in this world like it does in the movies, this is it.

Words truly cannot describe this experience, it is simply something you HAVE to try when you’re in Tobago. Just make sure you plan according, since the Dinoflagellates are most brilliant the week before and following a new moon.

9. Go Windsurfing.

Windsurfing is the perfect high adrenaline activity for those who love water sports. Here is me giving it a try as taught by Brett Kenny of Radical Sports Limited Tobago .

Wind-Surfing, Pigeon Point | Tobago

10. Visit the Argyle Waterfall.

The most famous waterfall in Tobago; only a 15 minute walk to the falls, and along the way you’ll see plenty of huge bamboo bushes like these! Crazy!

Argyle Falls, Tobago

Bamboo, Island Tour  | Tobago

11. Go Diving in Kariwak or Speyside.

Tobago has a variety of spectacular diving site all around the island.

Blue Waters Diven - Speyside Tobago

Diving, Tobago

On the Caribbean side, there is the Kariwak Reef and  Flying Reef.

Accessible with R & Sea Divers or Undersea Tobago.

Blue Waters Diven - Speyside Tobago

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Diving, Tobago

On the Atlantic side near Speyside are several dive sites. Accessible with Blue Waters Diven.

Speyside, Tobago

Blue Waters Diven-  Speyside Tobago

Blue Waters Diven - Speyside Tobago

12. Go offshore Sport Fishing.

Fishing is an interesting sport as so much of it is just waiting; waiting for something to bite. I guess you can say it’s quite a casual sport, until something bites, and then it’s adrenaline mode! Here we had multiple rods up, all attached to the boat, with large weights on the line to sink the baits. All this, as we casually motored through the middle of the ocean.

Hard Play Fishing- Tobago

Hard Play Fishing- Tobago

One great thing about Hard Play is that they practise “catch and release” fishing, and have been a pioneer in the Caribbean for supporting this. As well as their ships are captained by Captain Gerard “Frothy” de Silva, an IGFA certified captain.

Hard Play Fishing- Tobago

Hard Play Fishing- Tobago

13. Visit the Nylon Pool.

The Nylon Pool is a shallow white ground coral pool that is literally out in the middle of the ocean. You can walk out less than waist high on the soft sand in the warm Caribbean waters.

Nylon Pool, Tobago

Nylon Pool, Tobago

It’s only a 10 minute boat ride from Pigeon Point, and we went with Tobago Waterholics via a glass bottom boat which also gave us a chance to see Buccoo Reef through the floor!

14. Take a glass bottom boat to Buccoo Reef.

For those less able to snorkel or scuba, glass bottom boats are a great option to see the reef. Plenty of boats leave from Store Bay Beach and just before Pigeon Point to take you out.

Glass Bottom Boat, Buccoo Reef | Tobago

Glass Bottom Boat, Buccoo Reef | Tobago

15. Do an Island Tour.

Tobago is small, only 10km wide by 41km long, so taking a island tour with Hans Tours around the whole island is quite possible, and a great way to orientate yourself around the island.

Island Tour  | Tobago

Island Tour  | Tobago

16. Buy bread from a tradition clay oven.

One really unique part of Castara is that they have a working Clay Oven. On Thursdays and Saturdays you can go down and place your order for pumpkin bread, whole wheat bread, rolls, cakes or tarts, all to be baked in the oven.

Clay Oven Bread, Tobago

Once the orders are in they roll the dough and place them in banana leafs, this is so they don’t dry out while baking.

Clay Oven, Tobago

They then fill the clay oven with bamboo leaves and burn them using the smoke to heat up the oven. Once hot enough, they push out the cinders and place the wrapped bread into the oven to bake for approx. 1 hour.

Clay Oven, Tobago

17. Watch the seine nets being pulled in.

I got to witness the pulling in of the seine (a large fishing net which hangs vertically from the surface of the water, and is held down by weights.) Now this is something that happens in the fishing villages around Tobago, and happened the morning I left Castara Retreats.

Seine Nets - Castara, Tobago

First off, the seine is huge and it basically covers a large portion of the bay. Also, it’s all pulled in by hand. Plenty of people come down to help out and those that do get to have some of the fish! Pretty good deal.

Seine Nets - Castara, Tobago

Seine Nets - Castara, Tobago

18. Visit the Castara Waterfall.

Hidden in the forest, it’s only a small hike to the Castara Waterfall.  Lovely and refreshing, and I was guided by the wonderful Porridge from Castara Retreats.

Castara Waterfall, Tobago

19. Take a tour of the Tobago Cocoa Estate.

Are you a lover of chocolate? Check out the Tobago Cocoa Estate for a tour of their cocoa lands.

Tobago Cocoa Estate

Now for those that don’t know, cocoa is the dried and fermented fatty seeds used to make chocolate, which comes from the cocoa pods, which come from the cocoa tress.

Tobago Cocoa Estate

Tobago Cocoa Estate

Each cocoa tree produces approx. 25-50 pods each year, after birds and squirrels have taken their cut. And on this estate there are approx. 23,000 trees. Just think of all that chocolate!

Tobago Cocoa Estate

20. Take part in the Heritage Festival activities.

The Tobago Heritage Festival  is an annual event created to preserve the unique cultural traditions of Tobago. Over the course of two weeks a variety of fun, cultural activities and shows takes place in all the various villages around Tobago.

There is the Moriah Ole Time Wedding, one of THE trade-mark events of the Tobago Heritage Festival. Designed to highlight the European influence on Tobagonians, the Moriah Ole Time Wedding is a reenactment of how an actual wedding used to be in Tobago back in the day.

Now the ceremony starts off in the old Moravian Church, which is literally just large enough to fit the wedding party itself. And after the ceremony the whole wedding party exits the church and dances down the streets of town heading out towards the cake and wine tent and then the reception.

Moriah Old'e Time Wedding

Moriah Old'e Time Wedding

There is also the Miss Heritage Personality:  THE biggest beauty pageant of Tobago.

Tobago Heritage Festival

Natural Treasures Day: Including the Village Trek, which is a trek down the mountain side to the accompaniment of the rhythms of a “taboo bamboo band”. Now when I say trek , it was more like a dance through the village streets, where we would stop at various points along the way to observe the re-enactment of several rituals and customs of Tobagonian ancestors.

Tobago Heritage Festival

Tobago Heritage Festival

Tobago Heritage Festival

Now there are plenty more events and things happening all throughout the year so check them out at Tobago Heritage Festival.

21. Play a round of golf.

The Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club is a par-72 18-hole championship course among the old coconut plantations, located near the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort.

Magdalena Grand Golf Course, Tobago

Magdalena Grand Golf Course, Tobago

 

22. Take a yoga class at Kariwak Village.

Kariwak Village is a Holistic Heaven, retreat, restaurant and accommodation in Crown Point.  They also offer yoga classes every morning in their outdoor open air Ajoupa.

Kariwak Village, Tobago

Kariwak Village, Tobago

23. Go to the beach.

So many options to choose from:

Castara Beach

Castara Beach Tobago

Store Bay

Store Bay, Tobago

Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point | Tobago

Grafton Beach

Grafton Beach, Tobago

Bacelot Beach

Bacelot Beach Club

Charlotteville Beaches

Charlotteville, Tobago

24. Go ATV riding.

Now for those skeptical of ATV rides, this trip is genuinely not all that frightening. Our hour long ride with NJM Fun Park consisted of a fairly easy trail at a pretty casual pace, so no need to be an experienced rider of any sorts.(Although I do believe you need to be able to drive a vehicle.)

ATV, Tobago

25. Try locals foods at Store Bay.

Just up from Store Bay, one of the most popular beaches in Tobago, is a row of food stands all serving up local favourites.


Store Bay Beach, Tobago

Try some Crab n’ Dumplings,

Crab n' Dumplings, Tobago

or Shark n’ Bake.

Shark n' Bake, Tobago

26. Go for a Jet Ski.

Jet Ski around Bon Accord Lagoon with Tobago Waterholics.

Seadoo, Nylon Pool, Tobago

27. Watch for sea turtles.

Many of the beaches on the Atlantic side of Tobago are sea turtle nesting grounds. Like for example…Turtle Beach. 

Turtle Beach, Tobago

Here I spotted baby leatherback turtles making their way to the sea.

Baby Turtles  | Tobago

Baby Turtles | Tobago

(Forgive the photos, the red light was the only light allowed to be shown on the turtles as not to blind and confused them from the moonlight.)

28. Watch the Carib Great Race.

An epic high speed boat race from Trinidad to Tobago ending in Scarbourgh harbour.  The winner, the first person to Tobago, which this year was the boat “Total Monster” in a time of 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The Carib Great Race - Scarbourgh, Tobago

The Carib Great Race - Scarbourgh, Tobago

 

29. Count hummingbirds.

At the Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve there are hundreds of hummingbirds, fed through feeders on a observation deck. No need to go hiking into the woods for this adventure!

Adventure Nature Park, Tobago

Adventure Nature Park, Tobago

30. Go to Sunday School.

Sunday School is a street party that takes place in Buccoo every Sunday night down by the harbour, where you drink, dance, eat, mingle and lime.

There are a variety of food vendors who offer many local dishes.

Sunday School, Tobago

And steel drum bands plays till around 10-11pm.  Then the lights go down and the dance music and party starts.

Sunday School | Tobago

In terms of drinking, don’t be put off. While there is plenty of rum punch and local beers being drunk during Sunday school, there is also many minors and non drinkers attending as well, just to lime, and listen to the music. Overall a fun evening out here in Tobago!!

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If all else fails… Lime.

Liming is a term used often in Tobago which means to relax, socialize, and hanging out. Literally, they have created a word that is the epitome of what life should and is like here in the Caribbean. So if all 30 of those activities don’t peak your interest don’t feel to bad, liming counts as well.

Lime, Tobago

Turtle Beach  | Tobago

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Amanda @ Positively Amanda
    September 9, 2014 at 3:09 am

    It looks gorgeous there!

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      Tyra
      November 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      It is!!!!!

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    Best holiday destinations
    September 9, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Its looking so awesome. An amazing place with such natural delights. I will surely plan my upcoming vacation to this place. thanks for posting nice views.

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    Kennethgcalif@gmail.com
    September 11, 2014 at 4:19 am

    You take good pictures!

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    Tami
    September 21, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I’m so happy you enjoyed your time in my home country. I live in Trinidad, but I want to move to Tobago in the next year or so. I read that you had problems with your back. Is all okay?

    Will you come back to Tobago if the opportunity is presented? I would love to lime. :)

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    Flying The Nest (@FlyingTheNest)
    September 25, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Wow there is really a lot to do in Tobago. Thanks for writing this post and also for making all of those videos!! It has been a very insightful journey :)

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    Saeeda Rodger
    September 29, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Great blog. Im going to Tobago in a few days and I will try to fit some of these in.

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    Aries
    October 3, 2014 at 7:51 am

    You missed out 1…stay at Ohana Villa!

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    Mandi
    October 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I am going to Trinidad & Tobago this February and your blog just got me even more excited! My mom was born there and I have never been so I feel your “30 things to do” will make my time there even more special! Thanks

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    keeshan
    November 25, 2015 at 4:29 am

    This is a really great guide; loved it! I’m from Trinidad and I haven’t even experienced half the things you’ve done. Will definitely use this to plan my next trip to Tobago!

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    Rohit
    November 25, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Nadine I think you have put on an extra pound after coming to the island…LOL Ur parents might not recognize u ..

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    Matthias
    November 25, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    nice blog,it still have so many more things there,I m in Tobago allmost 30 years for 2-3 months every year
    Matthias
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    Serhat
    July 7, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Great blog post with stunning photos. I have once been to Cuba but no other place in Caribbean islands. I should start planning one. Thank you!

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    Ratheesh R Nath
    August 31, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    This photoblog is so colorful and beautiful and I enjoyed reading this article.

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    Tiago
    September 26, 2016 at 11:57 am

    A lot of things to do. Nice destination to holidays.
    I enjoy your blog.

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