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're ready to see what's down below you might enjoy 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 snorkeling spot you might enjoy. 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.

The table just below summarizes some key facts concerning 3 of the most popular locations where you can experience snorkeling in this area.

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

Pops Tours Tobago Snorkeling

If you looking for a business that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to contact 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 catering to snorkelers 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 option is Undersea Tobago. In addition to offering guests the chance to rent their snorkeling gear and head out on their own, they also have a one hour snorkeling trip to Buccoo Reef. They're found in downtown Scarborough.

The chart right below summarizes a few details about 3 companies that offer 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 Central Scarborough
Zoe Snorkeling Charter (868) 639-1710 Downtown Scarborough

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out our detailed discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

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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