Tobago Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
(Tobago, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago)
There are many very notable tourist attractions on Tobago, regularly enticing holiday makers from the neighbouring island of Trinidad
. Stretching between the Bon Accord Lagoon and Pigeon Point, and famous throughout Trinidad and Tobago, Buccoo Reef is an incredible curving expanse of coral reef and really is the ultimate place in the Caribbean to enjoy an afternoon of snorkelling or scuba diving, with an endless choice of underwater attractions.
Cruises around the coastline of Tobago and other leading island attractions are extremely popular, and boats regularly fill up with tourists, eager to spot dolphins and enjoy the coastal scenery. For something quite different, the Arnos Vale Waterwheel deserves a visit and stands on the eastern side of Plymouth, where it offers a taster of the island's historic sugar cane industry.
Address: North of Crown Point, Pigeon Point, Canaan, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, TT
Tel: +1 868 639 8141
Pigeon Point can be found just 2 km / 1.5 miles to the north of Crown Point and is the site of one of the island's most popular white sandy beaches. Also named the Pigeon Point Heritage Park, this leading resort boasts a number of attractions related to its coastline, including tall coconut palms and a thatch-roof jetty, which has become something of an iconic symbol of Tobago. Various thatched huts provide a welcome4 place to shelter out of the sun, while vendors are here in good numbers, selling souvenirs from their individual booths.
Open hours: daily
Arnos Vale Waterwheel
Address: East of Plymouth, Arnos Vale, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, TT
Tel: +1 868 660 0815
Constructed just over 100 years ago, the Arnos Vale Waterwheel remains in remarkable condition and was once an integral part of a local sugar factory, which stood on this actual spot many years ago. The Arnos Vale Waterwheel is located on the northern side of Plymouth and comes with its very own set of attractions, which include a small museum, souvenir shop, restaurant, theatre and nature reserve, perfect for a spot of bird watching.
Open hours: 08:30 to 22:30
Address: Buccoo Reef, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, TT
The Buccoo Reef is now completely protected and is brimming with tropical fish, exotic marine creatures and literally millions of stunning coral polyps. If you don't like the idea of diving around the reef, its extremely natural beauty can also be appreciated to some extent onboard a glass-bottomed boat.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, charge for boat tours and scuba diving equipment
Sailing and Glass-Bottom Boat Cruises
Address: Hews Tours
, 53 Coral Lane, Coral Gardens, Buccoo, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, TT
Tel: +1 868 639 9058
Address: Natural Mystic Sail Charters
, Store Bay Local Road, Bon Accord, TT, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, TT
Tel: +1 868 639 7245
Sailing has long been a major attraction of Tobago, being popular with both tourists and locals alike. Many charter companies are now present on the island and offer a very memorable adventure, which is likely to be the highlight of any Caribbean holiday and often combines sailing with swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving, with a tropical lunch thrown in for good measure. Hews Tours is one reliable sail company and their boats tend to depart from Pigeon Point, featuring glass bottoms so that you can fully appreciate the coral reef attractions and colourful fish. Those choosing Natural Mystic Sail Charters will often encounter inquisitive wild dolphins, whilst enjoying breathtaking coastal views.
Open hours: daily - seasonal variations
Address: Near Buccoo Reef, Buccoo, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, TT
Close to the exceptional Buccoo Reef, the Nylon Pool is an especially interesting sight, being a naturally formed pool and perfect for swimming. Literally hollowed out from the actual Buccoo Reef, the Nylon Pool is surrounded by the ocean and earned its name since its water is so incredibly clear. Many cruises choose to stop off at the Nylon Pool, allowing passengers to cool down and take advantage of the surrounding scenery and tranquility.
Open hours: daily
Address: Goldsborough Bay Road / Windward Road, Goldsborough, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, TT
Tel: +1 868 675 7034
The Rainbow Falls is an extremely beautiful natural cascade of water, although this is certainly not one of the easiest attractions to reach. Those wishing to visit the Rainbow Falls should head along the Goldsborough Bay Road, where you will first encounter the old Cocoa House of Hugh and Shirley McKenna. From here, the waterfall is a 20-minute walk along a winding trail, which can be rather muddy at times. This is a very quiet and enchanting spot, and the falls are around 100 metres / 328 feet high, with water falling down a rocky route and splashing into the Goldsborough River beneath, with the mist often creating rainbows - hence the name. If it is a particularly hot day on Tobago, then what better place to cool down that the inviting river itself. A restaurant is conveniently close by, should you feel a little peckish.
Open hours: daily