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 experience below the water's surface you should consider a visit to 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 found 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 details concerning 3 of the most popular places to experience snorkeling in this area are listed in the following chart.

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 that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with 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. They are found within downtown Scarborough.

A second place that offers snorkeling related services 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.

Take some time to look through the table just below for a summary of 2 firms that provide snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In Scarborough
Name Phone Location
Undersea Tobago (868) 631-2626 Downtown Scarborough
Zoe Snorkeling Charter (868) 639-1710 Downtown Scarborough

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read this exhaustive 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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