Tobago: Waterfalls, Wildlife & World-Class Diving

12 Oct 2015

Best for… scenery and wildlife. Scratch Tobago’s surface and you’ll find more than just idyllic scenery. In addition to thick rainforests, powder-soft sands and crystalline waters, this sleepy island is also home to endangered and exotic wildlife on land and, with more than 60 established dive sites, there’s plenty below the waves, too.

Don’t miss… the leatherback turtles on Turtle Beach. From March-July, this is where 15% of the world’s leatherback population come to lay their eggs. And if you're down that way, push on just another couple of miles down the coast and you'll end up at Pigeon Point (below), reckoned to be the island's best beach.

Visit… Tobago’s Main Ridge Forest Reserve. This protected rainforest is chock-full of cascading waterfalls, luscious vegetation and rare wildlife, such as the white-tailed sabrewing – a hummingbird endemic to Tobago that was thought to be extinct following the 1963 Hurricane Flora.

Try… Doubles. This is a Trinbagonian breakfast snack of “chana" (curried chickpeas) sandwiched between two "bara" (lightly fried slices of bread) and often served with a spoonful of cucumber, mango or tamarind sauce. You’ll find it at the morning street-food stalls across the island.

Fun fact… Tobago is thought to have been the setting for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Rockley Bay is the most likely location for Crusoe’s shipwreck. At low tide, you can visit Crusoe’s Cave, which is sunk into the limestone bluff overlooking the beach at Crown Point.

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