Friday, October 31 2014 @ 08:00 AM AST
Contributed by: DeoBhagan
From colourful reef fish and the mighty manta ray to beautiful corals and curious crustaceans, Tobago has a rich variety of marine life which is just waiting to be discovered. It is no surprise then that the island has been named as the second best place in the Caribbean for snorkelling by USA Today. The best snorkelling sites are along Tobago's Caribbean Sea coastline. If you want any advice, visit any member of the Association of Tobago Dive Operators. Details can be found at www.tobagoscubadiving.com.
Store Bay: Kariwak Reef starts straight off the beach on the left hand-side. The easy access and the general lack of current here makes it an easy place to snorkel, especially if you are a beginner. The gently sloping reef, which gets deeper the further out you swim, offers an array of hard and soft corals and marine life. Here you can expect to see reef fish, such as parrotfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, creole wrasse and goatfish feeding on the sand. Banded coral shrimp and small Caribbean spiny lobster can also be seen; the occasional southern stingray or spotted eagle ray may also fly by.
Buccoo Reef: This reef is only accessible by glass bottom boat, and there are plenty of operators who regularly make the trip from Store Bay throughout the day. Many of them also supply snorkelling equipment. This trip gives snorkellers and non-snorkellers alike the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Tobago's underwater world. There is a chance to spot an array of Caribbean fish including French angelfish, bigeyes, sergeant majors, trunkfish and queen angelfish.