Port of Spain is more a metropolitan city than it is a tropical island getaway, and although it is located along the coast snorkeling directly in town is not ideal. This doesn't mean you have to count out the idea of snorkeling altogether, but it will be a good idea to plan in advance to make it happen.
As a major commercial port, there are boats, ships, and barges coming and going out of the harbor in Port of Spain all the time. Although the amount of pollution as a result as been minimal enough the local beaches are still fine for swimming, it has resulted in waters too murky to make snorkeling a possibility. If your passion is grabbing a snorkel kit and swimming out to a coral reef system from your favorite beach, you may have more success along the island's east coast – but you'll have even better luck if you take a day trip over the Tobago's Caribbean coast.
Most tourists, however, find the best option for them to be to sign up for a snorkeling tour or sailing excursion that will take them “down the islands,” as the locals say, to visit a collection of small islands that have waters that are much more suitable for snorkeling. Plus, you can make a day of it and spend some time exploring on land as well. These islands are , Diego Islands, , , , , and .
The following table offers more information on the one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.
|4.3 mi. West of Central Port of Spain||Trinidad|
If you're looking for someone that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you can check with DiveTnT. Even after over 25 years of business, this dive center has a perfect record for safety and success. As a bonus, they offer courses on snorkeling safety and rent out top-of-the-line gear. They are found within Chaguaramas, within taxi range West of central Port of Spain.
A few details about a firm that offers services of interest to snorkelers is listed here:
|DiveTnT||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(868) 634-2872||Chaguaramas, 6.7 mi. West of Central Port of Spain||Trinidad|
For more information about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read our exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Planing a snorkeling excursion is a great way to break up the busyness of a vacation in Port of Spain and get the true Caribbean island experience. Fortunately, there are a number of tour operators in the area that can help you to make it happen – and you should definitely try and make it happen.
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