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KARIWAK and BOPEZ are favorites for training dives and night dives. Both are shallow, sloping reefs with minimal current so they’re great for new divers or those looking for nice easy dives with lots to see.
FLYING REEF and FLYING REEF EXTENSION are both drift dives at the south end of the island. A 10 minute boat ride from our facility at Pigeon Point brings you round to the Southern Atlantic where the prevailing currents drift you along the reef from east to west. Sting Rays and the smaller Electric Rays can often be seen resting in the sand on the edge of the reef.
probably has more Lobsters per square meter than any other reef around Tobago, but, they’re for viewing only and are not destined to be covered in Garlic Butter. Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays also like to chill out here.
COVE CRACK is a site that deserves special mention for the myriad species you are likely to encounter on any given dive. The fish life is particularly prolific on this site; schools of fast moving Creole Wrasse, the slower Bermuda Chub tend to stake their territory and not move very far, Barracuda patrol the reefs keeping a wary eye on any intruders (such as a divers).
DIVER’S DREAM and DIVER’S THIRST are aptly named sites for the more experienced divers. Conditions must be right to experience these dives because of the strong tidal currents that can sweep the area off the southern tip of the island. The ledges on the sites are perfect hiding places for Nurse Sharks and Turtles. Eagle Rays are often to be seen gliding through the area and Black Tip Sharks are not unusual visitors here.
MOUNT IRVINE WALL is a shallow sponge and coral
encrusted wall with an abundance of “critter” life. They’re hard to see because they’re such good masters of disguise, but The Wall is a good spot for SeaHorses. Starting in 8M/25Ft the sandy bottom very gradually slopes off to about 18M/60Ft as you meander along, in and out the shallow crevices along the wall. This site is also well known for the large numbers of beautiful Queen Angelfish that populate the area.
DUTCHMAN’S REEF is the site of a wreck in Mount Irvine Bay. There are different stories about the origins and age of the wreck – Was it a Man-O-War or a Merchantman? Either way, the canons can be seen in the shallow part of the reef. Ancient bottles, urns, pottery shards and other artifacts have been found here.
MOUNT IRVINE EXTENSION begins where The Wall ends. Rather than diving along the face of the wall, the reef flattens out in this area and curves away to the west as it gets deeper. The grumpy-looking Tarpon can often be seen feeding near the surface. And watch the rubble on the bottom for Yellowheaded Jawfish – the best “reverse parkers” in the world. This is also one of the few places where Black Coral can be found – but not harvested.
THE MAVERICK is an old passenger and car ferry which was deliberately sunk in 1999 as a dive site. The top deck is at 18M/60Ft and the bottom is at 33M/100Ft. Even without the schooling fish swirling around the upper deck, the spectacular coral growth adorning the railings and anchor chain would make this a great dive.
|ARNOS VALE is a shallow dive (14M/40Ft) with minimal current just north of Plymouth, about 30 minutes by boat from Pigeon Point. |
Diving here is like wandering through a marine kindergarten due to the abundance of juvenile life among the rocks. Lots of color, lots of life and shallow depth means its a great site for photography and for those who like to just putter around on a dive. This is also a good place to find the unusual Electric Rays lying in the sand. But don’t touch – you can receive an electric shock just by touching the sand close to them.
CULLODEN is a few minutes by boat north of Arnos Vale. The dive starts at the sunk and meanders through shallow crevices before ending on flat sloping reef. Where DID those anchors come from ? Pirates Of The Caribbean perhaps ?
|SPEYSIDE has arguably the best visibility of all the dive areas around Tobago. Most of the dives in Speyside are drift dives but the strength of the current varies from site to site. Japanese Gardens, Cathedral, Book Ends, Angel Reef … with over 15 sites in the area, there are dives to suit every experience level and interest. Although much of the literature about the diving in Speyside claims that this is the home of the Mantas, they are no longer the frequent visitors to Tobago now that they were several years ago. However, there is still the chance of seeing one of those beautiful but elusive creatures. And of course, KELLESTON DRAIN, one of the dive sites off Little Tobago, is home of what is considered to be the largest recorded single Brain Coral formation.|
| THE SISTERS are a line of rocks off Englishman’s Bay, at the northwestern end of the island. Surface conditions can occasionally be rough because the site is exposed to the elements but the effect of the wave action usually dissipates just a few meters down. There are two main dive areas here. The east side slopes off into the sand |
with large boulders dotting the seascape and providing shelter for Lobsters, Turtles and Eels. Because the west side is exposed to the open sea, pelagics are often sighted as divers move along the rock face. During December to March this is the site with the greatest opportunities for encounters with Hammerhead Sharks, who often come and check out the divers before continuing on their way.
RUM & COKE and GIN & TONIC are located on either side of Englishman’s Bay. One of these sites is usually the second dive of the day due to their proximity to The Sisters.