Snorkeling Around Trinidad

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There is some great snorkeling to be found by underwater explorers staying on Trinidad, but the key is knowing where to look.  

Unfortunately, snorkeling from most of Trinidad's beaches is not a good idea.  Aside from the fact that the waters are not great for visibility, there simply isn't any interesting marine life to be seen.  The east coast especially is known for its polluted waters.  Instead, your best option will be to charter a boat or sign up for a snorkeling excursion with a local dive or adventure tour operator to visit “down the islands.”

“Down the islands” is the term locals use when you take a boat charter out to visit a string of five small islands offshore.  These include Five Islands, Diego Islands, Gasparee, Gasparillo, Monos Island, Huevos, and Chacachacare.  Boat trips to these islands usually take up a whole day as visitors participate in hikes and birding in addition to snorkeling the reefs that exist here, so plan accordingly.  If taking a boat trip is not an option for you and you prefer snorkeling from a beach on mainland Trinidad even if the conditions are not the best, the north coast will be your go-to option.  You may also consider doing some island hopping and visit Tobago, where the snorkeling on the Caribbean coast is superb. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to see below the water's surface you might want to visit Gaspar Grande Bay. An underwater grotto, this spot offer snorkelers a unique opportunity to snorkel in a cave where they will experience stalactites and stalagmite that form columns of limestone in crystalline waters. This snorkeling site is found within Trinidad.

The following table offers more information on the 7 of the most popular places to experience snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Trinidad
Site Location
Balata Bay 12.4 mi. West of Central Port of Spain
Boca de Navios 14.5 mi. West of Central Port of Spain
Bocas del Dragon 9.9 mi. West of Central Port of Spain
Gaspar Grande Bay 8.1 mi. West of Central Port of Spain
The Five Islands 4.3 mi. West of Central Port of Spain
Gasparillo 7.9 mi. West of Central Port of Spain
Maracas Bay 9.8 mi. Northeast of Central Port of Spain

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

Check out the table below for a listing of the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Trinidad
Name Type Phone Location Island
T J's Island Cruises Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (868) 653-0408 Trinidad Trinidad

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a place that offers snorkel rentals, 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 located in Chaguaramas, Trinidad.

Some key facts concerning a place that offers services related to snorkeling is listed here:

Snorkeling Services On Trinidad
Name Type Phone Location Island
DiveTnT Snorkeling Tour Operator (868) 634-2872 6.7 mi. West of Central Port of Spain Trinidad

For more information concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" check out this comprehensive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Don't let the knowledge of murky waters stamp out your dreams of snorkeling the waters of Trinidad.  Instead, make plans for a boat trip to some of the better snorkeling waters offshore and enjoy a full-day adventure of exploration along the way.  


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