Snorkeling Around Scarborough

The island of Tobago is very well known for its gorgeous underwater scenery, and Scarborough is a great jumping off point for visitors who are planning to participate in the sport.

Water temperatures of over 80 degrees Fahrenheit and crystal clear visibility allow snorkelers to jump in and very easily explore the over 300 different species of coral that bloom and form into shallow reefs that are easily accessed from many local .  In addition, these waters are generally so calm that even children can participate.

From Scarborough, some of the best snorkeling sites close to the shore exist at Buccoo Reef Snorkelingas well as Nylon Pool, but you may also want to consider some of the sites that exist offshore as well.  There are several dive shops, tour operators, and boat charters in the area that make daily trips to Little Tobago and Goat Island where there are stunning reefs to explore.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to explore what's down below you might want to visit Arnos Vale Bay. There are two levels of snorkeling possible here. The first is right off the beach that is fine for new snorkelers and swimmers who aren't very skilled. This snorkeling site is located easily reached by taxi Northwest of central Scarborough.

Bacolet Bay Beach is another option. This small, crescent-shaped bay was once used as a location in the Swiss Family Robinson film, so you know it is beautiful, but it is also a great beach for snorkeling as well.

Some basic details about 3 of the most popular places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed right below.

Snorkeling Sites Near Scarborough
Site Location
Bacolet Bay Beach 1.2 mi. Southeast of Downtown Scarborough
Arnos Vale Bay 3.8 mi. Northwest of Central Scarborough
Back Bay 4.1 mi. West of Central Scarborough

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a business offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with Pops Tours Tobago Snorkeling. You'll be taken by boat to the famous Bucoo Reef (the "Coral Garden") which features many different colorful species, including butterfly fish, blue tang, angel fish, bluehead, filefish and parrot fish. You might also be fortunate enough to site some sea turtles and sting rays. They are located in Buccoo, easily reached by taxi West of central Scarborough.

Another company that offers snorkeling related services is Zoe Snorkeling Charter. The most personalized snorkeling tour on the island, this operator has been taking tourists out for snorkeling trips since 1986, and is in fact that only owner that actually gets out and goes snorkeling with his clients.

A third place to consider is Undersea Tobago. Within easy reach of some of the area's best snorkeling sites, this dive centers also offers rentals and daily excursions with a knowledgeable guide. They're found within downtown Scarborough.

The table below has a few details with regard to 3 companies that provide snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Scarborough
Name Phone Location
Pops Tours Tobago Snorkeling (868) 738-8226 Buccoo, 4.9 mi. West of Central Scarborough
Undersea Tobago (868) 631-2626 Downtown Scarborough
Zoe Snorkeling Charter (868) 639-1710 Downtown Scarborough

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read our extensive Caribbean snorkeling page.

Whether you prefer sticking close to the beaches or you're looking for an offshore adventure, you can easily find that when you plan to do some snorkeling in Scarborough.  


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