Trinidad and Tobago nature tours

“Trinidad and Tobago enjoy the flora and fauna of South America in a compact Caribbean setting. This in-depth tour reveals the best of both islands, tailored to your interests.”

Highlights

Main Ridge Forest Reserve | Glass-bottom boat tour to Little Tobago | Full day Tobago tour | Asa Wright Nature Centre | Nariva | Caroni Bird Sanctuary | Dunston Cave | Oilbird colony | Leatherback nesting | Optional: snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving, nature trails, wetland boat tour

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Our top tip:
If you're keen to see nesting leatherbacks, travel from March-August. Hatchlings emerge May-September.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
9 nights in 3-4* beachfront hotels, 5 nights in a rainforest lodge.
Solos:
Can be tailor made for solo travellers at extra cost.
Included:
Accommodation, local and international flights, transport, listed tours, transfers, tour guides.
Meals:
All breakfasts and dinners. 5 lunches at accommodation, packed lunches when on tours.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Tailor made holiday

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. Sites and accommodations can be arranged to suit you and your budget. This is a comfortable trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in characterful local accommodation!
“One of the best local words is ‘limin’, which just means chilling out. Everyone limes in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Trinidad and Tobago nature tours

During this trip you will be based at three different properties, all of which are located in rural areas close to the local communities. These hotels are the main source of employment for the nearby villages and local people are trained in a wide range of skills. At the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad all their resident guides are trained in conservation and wildlife and sometimes even sponsored through to University graduation. The Centre is committed to conservation education at all levels and approximately 4000 local school children visit the estate each year. The Lodge at the Asa Wright Centre is a comfortable non-profit making hotel, most of their funds come from their guest facilities and you can therefore help them develop their conservation efforts just by visiting the Centre.

At the Mt Plaisir Estate Hotel at Grande Riviere, the owner with the support of the village community, local artists and craftsman, has transformed the basic lodging into a rustic, eco-friendly hotel blending harmoniously with the surroundings. Most of the food served is grown organically on their farm, which you can visit. The furnishings here are the work of local craftsmen and artisans and are available for sale. Guests are immersed in the local community and village people are welcome to share in the hotel’s facilities. This is where the endangered Leatherback Turtles lay in abundance. At night, Mt Plaisir is lit only by the dim yellow glow of low-watt bulbs masked by wicker shades; candles in the dining room and the light of the moon are the only other illuminations allowed while the turtles conduct their ancient ritual, sometimes just metres from your bedroom door.

Here, the turtles come first and this is now an important conservation area, which tourism is helping to preserve. All visitors must visit the turtle conservation centre, where they are invited to view the exhibition on turtle conservation and pay a small fee, which goes directly to the efforts to raise awareness, conduct scientific research and stop poaching. In the past locals have killed the turtles for their shells and meat and dug up their eggs. Now they are employed as wardens and help protect the turtles.

All the national parks that you will visit on this trip are protected. The Tobago Forest Reserve is the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere, with plantation owners realising as early as 1776 that they should stop cutting down the forest. Since then 14,000 acres of central Tobago were designated a protected Crown Reserve. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to walk the 5km Gilpin Trace trail through the Reserve with an experienced and knowledgeable local guide, who will ensure that a responsible code of conduct is followed so that any impact on the environment is minimised.

We run our small office, which is an extension of our home, in an energy efficient manner. We recycle everything possible, including ink cartridges and purchase recycled paper.

We choose all the accommodation that we use very carefully, for their location and their operating systems and work very closely with them. We visit every property regularly, to ensure that standards are kept, that they remain sympathetic to the environment, that whatever possible is done to be more energy sufficient and just to keep in touch.

We always recommend that guests eat out in local restaurants, try the street food from vendors and take part in the local culture, thus spreading holiday spending throughout the local community.

Reviews of Trinidad and Tobago nature tours

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The evening fly in to the roost at Caroni Swamp in Trinidad, the sea birds at Little Tobago and the Piping Guans in Grande Riviere.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We spent our last two days at Anise Resort in Trinidad. This was a brilliant hotel in a great location. It was so good we wished we could have spent more time there. If we go again, as we hope to do, we would opt for one night less in Tobago, one night less at Asa Wright and at least 2 more nights at Anise.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Asa Wright is obviously a famous environmental operation and supports the local area. Our other two hotels were well integrated into the local community. We met many lovely Trinidadians and Tobagans.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A brilliant holiday provided you are keen on wildlife and appreciate a quiet peaceful hotel. It is not for anyone who wants bright lights and entertainment. It is equal to the best holidays we have been on and we want to repeat it.

Reviewed on 15 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the leatherback turtle on the beach, closely followed by arriving on the
veranda at ASA Wright, then the boat trip and scarlet ibis.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be very keen on birds

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, hope so at least. The locations were more suited to eco-tourism than sun
worship, so tourist income hopefully indicates a high value on conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Good value for money. Right number of nights at each location, well organised, good selection of accommodation. Recommended to serious birders; not so much to those less enthusiastic who could be disappointed in the relative lack of biodiversity in non-avian fauna

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the humming birds at Asa Wright

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Research the accommodation that you get in Tobago, it does vary a lot. We should have had Karawak but it was full, the replacement was cheaper but nowhere near as good

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The Asa Wright uses local people throughout the centre, cleaning, guides, cooks, office staff etc. They also use fresh fruit and vegetables which I believe they get locally . They also have a philosophy where their priority is for conservation and education, trying to increase local people's knowledge of local flora and fauna, they also educate young people to become guides at Asa Wright
The inn employs a lot of local people, the trips are organised by a local man, the food is bought wholesale and so is the meat. Not sure if they use any local produce

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Lovely holiday - it was good to see something of both Trinidad and Tobago
The Asa Wright is a very special place, quite magical. Lots of trails lots of birds to find. Lovely natural pool in the rain forest, in believe there are actually 2 of them but we only saw one.
The guides are brilliant, they certainly know their stuff.
The inn was quite different, room was a little tired, nice swimming pool and close to local amenities. The restaurant is ok but there are other restaurants around, I would recommend Karawak and food4u extremely different experience. Try one of Mr B trips.

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Impossible to choose just one! The stars of the fortnight were definitely the birds: from thousands of scarlet ibis coming in to roost, tiny iridescent hummingbirds battling over sugar feeders, beautiful elegant tropic birds soaring above or comical tiny male manakins dancing to attract a female. Undersea life was a very close second - it was like swimming in an aquarium just a few metres off shore.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take bug repellent, long trousers, a variety of footwear (for when the biters get
through and the one pair of sandals you'd brought rub your bites!)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Seemed to - wonderful accommodation locally owned and staffed, local expert guides. Our guide especially was very embedded in the local community - wonderful to talk to the team and guides about place.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful - perfect mix of exploration, relaxation and experiences.

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The stay at asa wright with the wildlife all around, spending hours just watching the hummingbirds from the balcony or trekking like an explorer on the trails. The leatherback turtles laying on the beach was also a highlight.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take plenty of travel sickness pills with you if you suffer as the roads are windy, steep and pot holed. a few snacks might be handy as although the food is lovely there is limited access to shops. Go on the caroni swamp trip- it was a great way to see a variety of wildlife, as well as the scarlet ibis. I was glad I invested in a new set of binoculars-there's plenty to see.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, being geared towards wildlife it encouraged people to train and gain knowledge in their local wildlife. The turtle conservation project also worked to raise awareness of these magnificent creatures and the plight they face.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful, loved the variety-asa wright was being surrounded by nature, but in a clean and relatively luxurious setting. The stay at Mount Plaisir was worth it for seeing the turtles and the week on Tobago was great for snorkeling as well as some bird spotting trips.

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Getting to the heart of Carnival on our day trip there.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


When snorkelling, give turtles plenty of space to come up to take air, otherwise they can suffocate. A travel camera (bridge type) is sufficient for most bird photos. Be prepared to 'tip' a local unofficial 'guide' who will tag along and show you around a village, to good effect! Otherwise, a polite, but firm "no thank you" will suffice. Ask your guide/driver about politics/history - we had some great insights, but you might have to take some opinions with a pinch of salt - you will hear individual's versions.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Staying at Castara Retreats which wasn't full board, we were able to eat in locally run restaurants, which were very good. Blue Water felt a bit touristy as an all inclusive (but well run - they are posting an item of clothing we left in the room). Asa Wright Nature Centre is well run, and all the bird guides are excellent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent - lovely people, great bird life, and a huge variety of fish to snorkel with, just off the beach - despite the degraded coral. Well organised, not the first time we have used Responsible Travel, and it won't be the last. Thank you.

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We enjoyed the Blue Waters and its seclusion, Asa Wright and Hacienda Jacana were also memorable due also to the locations and the ease of Watching the splendid wildlife that T and T has to offer

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take plenty of proven insect repellent as we had problems with Chiggers and Mosquitoes.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes in particular the Hacienda Jacana where they seemed extremely Pro active and sustainable in their approach to reducing environmental issues and supporting conversation within the boundaries of their estate.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent, I will pass on recommendations to friends and family

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The turtles at Mt Plaisir, Grande Riviere. We watched one laying her eggs, and later helped a lost hatchling find the sea!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Use reviews in tripadvisor, this travel company who are the local experts

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It certainly gave people jobs, and raised awareness of turtle conservation

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing 188 species of bird which were new to me and in the process experiencing the sights and the people of the two islands.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The bird guided tours were very good from Asa Wright and from Blue Waters. In hindsight, as I'm not a sun/beach bather, I would have spent less nights at Blue Waters and gone to another part of the island (e.g. Pigeon Point) to explore. If you like to do some walking, the area around Blue Waters is very hilly and does not offer much in the way of trails.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, both hotels employ a lot of local people and both, especially Asa Wright,
are environmentally friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent!

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