Two of the most popular pastime in the Caribbean are diving; Trinidad and Tobago is no exception. It's hard to resist dipping your head below the surface of the sea and viewing marine life in an area of the world that has such crystal clear visibility and brightly colored tropical fish.
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It is important to note the differences between diving and snorkeling before you decide which of the two you would like to try (or if you want to do both activities). Despite the fact that diving and snorkeling can often be done in many of the same areas, they are two very distinct entities.
Scuba (which stands for “self contained underwater breathing apparatus”) diving takes the sport a step further. Divers wear an air tank during their underwater journey to allow them to dive deeper and get a closer look at coral reef, marine life, and wreckage sites.
Scuba diving takes a little effort to get started. In Trinidad and Tobago you must be a certified diver in order to rent diving equipment. If you are not certified, you can take instructional courses through local dive shops, and many resorts even offer instructional courses as a perk for staying with them.
You'll find 4 dive operators and some dive shops in the area.
The dive shops worth looking into are summarized in the following chart.
|Rick's Dive World||(868) 634-3483||Chaguaramas, Northwestern part of Trinidad|
|(868) 658-3861||San Fernando|
The table just below offers details concerning the area's dive operators.
|Aquathrills||(868) 290-0304||San Fernando, Southwestern part of Trinidad|
|DiveTnT||(868) 634-2872||0.5 mi. East of Central Chaguaramas|
|Underwater Works||(868) 743-7334||Chaguanas, Central Trinidad|
Glance through the following chart to get a feel for the typical cost of dive services in this area.
|Offering Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Discover Scuba||$ 85.0||$ 130.0|
|Double Tank Dive||$ 85.0||$ 110.0|
|Open Water Certification||$ 500.0||$ 530.0|
|Single Tank Dive||$ 45.0||$ 60.0|
For more information concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both beginners and experienced divers, read our extensive Caribbean diving page.
Planning a day of diving during your Trinidad and Tobago vacation is sure to add a level of excitement to your stay. Whether exploring the numerous coral reef, swimming with the fish, or viewing the spectacular MV Maverick wreckage, the waters of Trinidad and Tobago offer a type of majestic beauty that can't be missed.
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