Trinidad & Tobago birdwatching small group tour

“Trinidad and Tobago’s diverse birdlife is revealed on this small group tour, staying for five nights on each island in superb accommodation, with guided birding and free time, too.”


Asa Wright Nature Centre, with 159 bird species | High elevation birds on way to Blanchisseuse | Nariva Swamp | Oilbirds at Dunstan Caves | Aripo Savannah | Arena Forest | Waders at Waterloo Mudflats | Roosting Scarlet Ibis at Caroni Bird Sanctuary | Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, with 210 bird species | Glass-bottom boat tour to Little Tobago Bird Sanctuary | Full day island tour of Tobago

Description of Trinidad & Tobago birdwatching small group tour

This Trinidad and Tobago birdwatching small group tour introduces you to the diverse birdlife of these two Caribbean islands and, since it runs in January, it’s a great chance to find some sun and colour during the winter!

The tour begins with five nights in Trinidad where you’ll stay at the Asa Wright Nature Centre, a perfect base for a birdwatching break – you can see 20 to 30 birds before breakfast, just from the verandah. Excursions to different parts of the islands will give you the chance to see a range of habitats and birds, including the Nariva Swamp and a boat trip through the famous Caroni Swamp.

From Trinidad, transfer to nearby Tobago for a further five nights, staying at the Main Ridge Rainforest, a beautiful hotel right on the beach. The birding here is very different from that on Trinidad, but just as superb.

There is a maximum of 12 travellers on this tour, and you will be lead by superb local guides who know the islands and their birdlife intimately. This tour is relaxing in pace and feel, but hugely exciting when it comes to the diversity and numbers of neo-tropical birds you can hope to see. With the islands home to such a range of habitats and lying just seven miles off the South American mainland, there are some 450 species to spot here. You will also enjoy great accommodation, wonderful food, the experience and knowledge of expert guides, and meet lots of welcoming English speaking people. It all adds up to a really wonderful tour.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

On this tour you will stay at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad, which has become a model for sustainable development and ecotourism projects in the Caribbean, winning many prestigious national, regional and international awards. 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.

When building Cuffie River nature Retreat, your lodge in Tobago, as few trees as possible were removed. This means that, given its location in the middle of a heavily forested area, the building draws an additional cooling advantage from the presence of the many surrounding trees. Green technology was employed in the design and construction of the Retreat. For instance, its floors and external walls are made of clay tiles and bricks respectively, because they do not attract the heat of the sun and help to keep the building cool. The buildings are designed to utilize nature’s energy-saving gifts of light and air, thus making air-conditioning unnecessary. A permanent rain-fed water system, eliminates the use of chlorine for purification. Instead, a charcoal filter is used to filter the water before pumping it into the taps and the swimming pool utilizes salt instead of chlorine.

On this tour, you will visit various bird sanctuaries and national parks, many of which do not normally benefit from visits from mainstream tourism. The entrance fees we pay to enter these go directly to sustaining them.

Wherever you travel, you will be accompanied by well-trained and experienced local guides, who are familiar with their environment and are responsible for protecting it, offering advice on how to preserve the delicate balance of nature. They are also of course, best placed to know where to find the various species of birds.

The Impacts of this Trip

We only employ local guides, who we know and trust completely, and do not send a leader from the UK to accompany you on this tour.

During this trip you will be based at two different properties, both 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 actively participates in the life of the surrounding local communities and all of the Centre’s employees, including the birding guides come from the nearby villages. The Centre is committed to conservation education at all levels and approximately 4000 local school children visit the estate each year.

The concept of the eco-tourism resort where you will stay in Tobago, was born out of the rural development experience of owner/manager, Regina Dumas. Her work in this field led her throughout the Caribbean where issues affecting rural people and their livelihoods were all too evident. For Regina, the human, environmental and infrastructural factors were found to be the most significant to the well-being of the rural sector and thus played a central role in the envisioning and development of this project. The result is a beautiful blending of attractive architecture, set in the midst of idyllic rainforest, and with warm and welcoming hospitality awaiting every guest who enters the eco-lodge.


1 Reviews of Trinidad & Tobago birdwatching small group tour

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020 by

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

The balcony on the Asa Nature Reserve

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

Take a light raincoat even if it is the dry season

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

Yes to some extent. Getting there is different

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

Thoroughly enjoyable, nice food, friendly staff and good naturalists. It was a sheer joy. Liked the complete difference between Asa Wright and the Blue Waters Inn which is also a great place in a wonderful location on the waters edge.

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