Trinidad and Tobago holidays

“This comprehensive tour explores T&T's nature and culture, staying in small hotels, using local guides, and getting to know the islands' towns, forests, reefs and beaches.”

Highlights

Port of Spain | Maracas Bay | Scarlet ibis at Caroni Swamp | Asa Wright Nature Centre | Grand Riviere | Pigeon Point | Glass-bottom boat tour to Little Tobago | Snorkelling at Angel Reef | Bird watching in Main Ridge Forest Reserve | Optional: glass-bottom boat tour of Buccoo Reef, Nylon Pool, calypso

Description of Trinidad and Tobago holidays

Nature lovers and twitchers will be thoroughly in their element in Trinidad and Tobago, a twin-island nation just off the shore of Venezuela. But this is also one of the Caribbean’s most cosmopolitan and outgoing cultures – which has produced calypso, carnival, the steel pan, limbo dance and a wonderful fusion of food, infused with all of the country’s multicultural influences. These Trinidad and Tobago holidays introduce you to this local flavour on both islands, as well as traversing the varied ecosystems. We travel from city to coast, rainforest to reef and from wetlands to tiny islets, in search of Trinidad and Tobago’s most notable wildlife, both on land and beneath the waves. This tailor made itinerary can be adjusted to suit your interests and requirements, on the dates you choose.

This is a Caribbean island nation – and as such, this holiday moves at an easy pace, visiting each of the country’s main highlights but with no need to rush through them. You’ll be staying at characterful small hotels and guesthouses, and at each step of the way, private guides will reveal Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural and natural treats. Starting out in the cosmopolitan capital of Port of Spain, you’ll spend time exploring the larger island of Trinidad with its superb nature reserves and bird-filled swamps, before heading over to the more languid Tobago to relax for the last few days.

Best time to go

High season in Trinidad and Tobago is from 15 December – 1 May, which coincides with the dry season. The rains generally take place in short bursts of around 30 minutes, and Trinidad and Tobago is south of the Caribbean hurricane belt so rarely sees severe storms.

Temperatures vary little throughout the year, with a daytime average of around 29°C, and 23°C at night.

Prices rise between Christmas and Easter, particularly around Carnival (late February or early March), which is huge in Trinidad, in particular.

Come in March to August to see leatherback turtles laying their eggs, or from May to September when the tiny hatchlings emerge and make their way to the sea.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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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:
Bring binoculars. T&Ts birdlife is truly stunning - get a close up glimpse of an ibis, motmot or hummingbird.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
14 nights in comfortable, en suite hotels, guest houses and cabins - tailored to your preferences.
Solos:
Can be tailored for solo travellers at extra cost.
Included:
Accom., transport, tour guides, local and international flights
Meals:
All breakfasts, some lunches and dinners.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Trinidad and Tobago holidays

This holiday is suitable for those who want to travel independently and experience a unique trip away from the crowds and because we’re committed to supporting the destination’s communities and economy, the properties, transport and services we use on this tour are all locally owned. We have worked with our excellent team in Trinidad & Tobago for many years and have built long-term relationships with them, thus we are confident that all transfers run smoothly and trusted friends are on hand to offer advice or assistance and make sure your expectations are more than fulfilled while you are visiting. By working in this way your holiday will not only benefit the local communities, it will also benefit you.

We have chosen small, charming, and interesting places to stay and each one is locally owned and managed in a sustainable way with respect for the local environment. For example Pax Guest House, operating since 1916 and truly a jewel of Trinidad's historical tourism. It is nestled in the hills, on the estate of Mt. St. Benedict, the largest Benedictine Monastery in the Caribbean. The guest house, efficiently presided over by owners Gerard and Oda, has a fabulous back yard of 600 plus acres of rainforest and pine plantations laced with well-made walking trails. It has become a magnet for biological researchers, naturalists, bird-watchers and those simply wanting to soak up the atmosphere. This is a very special place with more than 140 bird species, 17 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles and butterflies and plants in abundance.

In Tobago, you will stay at Kariwak Village, a small haven of tropical calm and quiet set in lovely gardens, yet close to local bars and restaurants. It is the philosophy behind Kariwak that distinguishes it among Tobago hotels, from its long-standing environmentally friendly policies and a restaurant that uses the freshest ingredients available from the markets, the fishermen and the organic salad and herbs from its own garden, to the programme of holistic activities including yoga and tai chi that it offers. Then at the other end of the island we have Blue Waters Inn, which has been owned by the same local family for generations and is tucked away in its own secluded bay amongst 46 acres of lush tropical grounds.

The glass-bottom boats leave for Little Tobago from the beach in front of Blue Waters Inn. On the way they pass over Angel Reef and there will be an opportunity to snorkel. All the local guides and service providers that we employ on the islands are concerned with protecting their environment and you will be instructed not to walk on the reef, not to touch or collect pieces of coral and to avoid disturbing the marine life. Little Tobago itself is a protected bird sanctuary and an important breeding site for many seabirds such as the Red-billed Tropicbirds. You will be guided whilst on the island and expected to follow a code of conduct so as to minimise the environmental impact by not approaching too close to the nesting birds, staying on designated paths and ensuring that litter is not dropped anywhere.

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.

3 Reviews of Trinidad and Tobago holidays

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Reviewed on 29 Mar 2016 by

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


We were not sure what to expect and were quite surprised to find that we were not part of a group, not even a small one, and were getting very personal attention. Although we were moving about, staying at four different locations in Trinidad and Tobago, all our moves and tours were carefully planned and went without a hitch (apart from slight hitch on arrival, when we had to call our tour operator for collection). We very much enjoyed the site seeing programme that had been arranged for us.


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




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


The specialist guides at the naturalist sites were exceptionally knowledgeable and all our guides were friendly and helpful. And what interesting places Trinidad and Tobago are. We got a real sense that people have a great pride in their country; and why not? It's a beautiful country with a wonderful climate and a thriving culture. We had the impression that money was being spent on good things...free university education; welfare services for children, employment projects for young people etc. (Lucky to have that oil revenue!)



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


We would certainly would like to say some nice things about our travels with you in Trinidad and Tobago. It's a long time since myself and my husband have been on a package holiday. We chose this one because we wanted a naturalist-style holiday and you had been recommended by a friend. It's just a pity T&T are so far away; we would love to go often. Thank you so much for arranging such a well organised and well thought out package for us.

Reviewed on 08 Dec 2015 by

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


Abseiling down Avocet Falls on the Marianne River

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


Take plenty of insect repellent - all types !

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


Absolutely - we were able to interact with and reward local guides / drivers / hotel and restaurant staff for their excellent service and humour.

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


Fantastic.

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2013 by

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


All of it

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


If you are bird watcher you are in for a treat

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


Yes

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



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