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Tobago, Caribbean

Tobago offers scuba diving holidays with diving for all levels of diver with beautiful beaches, gentle reefs, turtles, mantas and nesting turtles in May plus exciting Atlantic diving off the north west coast. One of the peaks of Caribbean diving and the perfect location for your dive holiday - Tobago. Located off South American shores, just north east of Trinidad, this tiny island republic is one of the most southerly in the Caribbean chain.  Tobago is only 27 miles long and 6 miles across at its widest point, allows easily exploration of the sites.  Choose from dive sites in the south west or north at Speyside with a wide variety of diving for all levels.

The nutrient rich waters of the Orinoco River are carried past the island in what is the start of the Gulf Stream. While this can result in a dramatic drop in visibility it also means lots of manta rays and even whale sharks. The island offers an excellent diving holiday location for all levels of diver. The main dive sites are Speyside in the north-east and Crown Point at the south-west. The Caribbean’s largest Brain Coral colony, measuring over 5m by 3m, is located nearby at Kelleston Drain. Due to the plankton enriched waters, there are frequent encounters with large Barracuda, Dolphin, Whale Sharks and Giant Sea Turtles. The wreck of the Maverick, a previous inter island ferry deliberately sunk in 1997, is sited along the north west coast. Other notable dive sites are the Tarpon Bowl and The Sisters which are huge rock towers that plunge to a depth from above the water to over 40m where Scalloped Hammerheads may be encountered. A memorable dive experience is to pass between these the rocks. Currents and surge can be a fast, so this is a good destination for the more experienced diver with fast drift dives with lots of big pelagics. A great time to travel is May when Leatherback turtles are nesting off the south west coast. Photographers will enjoy big photo opportunities as well as rare and unusual critters in the sheltered bays. More >

Culture and Activities

Often twinned with neighbouring island Trinidad, this tiny island republic is one of the most southerly in the Caribbean chain. Tobago is only 26 miles long by 7 miles wide, yet offers visitors much with its unhurried lifestyle, lush tropical scenery and choice of activities. The center of the island provides wonderful trekking terrain through tropical rainforest to spot exotic birds and wild flowers. As a complete contrast, the western edge of the island is low and flat; a classically Caribbean landscape of swaying palms, secluded half-moon bays and white sand beaches. The islanders welcome visitors to this peaceful island. A trip to the Capital, Scarborough, to see the colourful markets or at Carnival with its calypso and steel bands is a must.

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Diving Conditions

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Best Time: All year (best Jan- May)

Average Air temps: 26-30°C

Average Water temps: 25-28°C

Visibility: 15-50m (visibility is reduced in rainy season Jul-Nov)

Top Dive Sites:
South MV Maverick, Mt Irvine Wall, Divers Thirst & Diver's Dream. Good sheltered, fast drifts, rare & wrecks. Caribbean coast - The Sisters. In the North East Kelleston Drain, London Bridge, Japenese Gardens, Cathedral. Gentle inshore & advanced Atlantic sites.

Great Reasons to Dive in Tobago

  • 300+ species marine life
  • Rare angel fish, schooling pelagics, Scalloped Hammersheads (Dec-Apr), Mantas, sharks & rays.
  • Most dive sites 10-20 mins.
  • Eco island - nesting Leatherbacks, rare birds
  • Beautiful unspoilt beaches & protected rainforest.
  • Carnival, jazz & 'jump ups'.



Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

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