Trinidad & Tobago tours, tailor made
Description of Trinidad & Tobago tours, tailor made
There’s a great mix of guided and independent exploration on this Trinidad & Tobago tour, tailor made, with plenty of time on both islands. This twin island nation has lots to offer. Trinidad is culturally diverse and also hopping with wonderful birds, butterflies and flora – a treat for any nature lover. Smaller neighbouring island Tobago is somewhere to kick back and relax, home to gorgeous beaches, quiet fishing villages, thick rainforest, reefs and secluded coves where pirates once anchored.
Begin this 15 day holiday on Tobago, where you can relax on its verdant, windward coast. While here, take a cruise out to Little Tobago Island on a glass-bottomed boat to admire the diverse birdlife here. Next, fly over to Trinidad, a very different island to Tobago. Spend six nights here, exploring its landscapes, culture, heritage and wildlife accompanied by one of our friendly and knowledgeable ‘Trini’ guides. You’ll visit the Asa Wright Nature Centre, where you can see its hummingbirds, and enjoy an evening boat cruise on the Caroni Swamp to see the vibrant scarlet ibis coming in to roost. From March to August in Grande Riviere you can also see leatherback turtles laying their eggs on the beaches or tiny turtle hatchlings digging their way out of the sand and heading for the sea.
For the final part of your holiday, you’ll head back to Tobago and collect a hire car, so you can spend four days exploring the island as you choose, or simply relaxing on the beach. Your accommodation will be in a different place, this time in the leeward southwest of the island, which has superb coral reefs, lots of great restaurants and Easter crab and goat races.
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year. The dry months in Trinidad & Tobago are September, then December to April, with clear days and hardly any rain. This is peak season and if you’re here in January and into February you can see islanders preparing for the annual Carnival celebrations (which take place during the two days before Ash Wednesday). Port of Spain is particularly buzzing and you can see steel bands practising and costumes being made.
Outside of the main dry season there is still lots of sun, with a few cloudy days, too. In addition, flights and accommodation often cost much less outside of peak season. Rain can fall on most days, but showers are usually brief and typically occur early in the morning or early afternoon. The landscape is refreshed and lush, so you’ll see more flowers in bloom now and many migrant birds arrive here to avoid the southern winter. From March to August, the leatherback turtles come to lay their eggs on the beaches, too.
1 Reviews of Trinidad & Tobago tours, tailor made
Reviewed on 11 Mar 2019 by Russell Smith
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Seeing wildlife (especially birds) in their natural rainforest habitat. Experiencing laid-back Tobago culture.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared for rain even if going in "dry" season. Use plenty of insect repellant.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes to an extent, particularly the Asa Wright centre. Not sure that doing a flight from Tobago to Trinidad and back in a day for carnival was very eco-friendly
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Informative and relaxing
Planet and peopleAs an in depth specialist tour operator to Trinidad & Tobago responsible tourism is at the very heart of what we do. To us, this means much more than a simple donation to a charity for each client. We try to build long and constructive involvements with local guides, guest houses, wildlife lodges, and hotels, in the course of which we, and our clients, can make lasting wide-ranging contributions to the wonderful places and people we engage with. In this itinerary we use several lodges that fit with this philosophy perfectly, employing local guides and bringing long-term benefits to the local community. We are the first tour operator in the UK to form a partnership with the Rainforest Alliance to work towards the implementation of best management practices in sustainable tourism. In real terms this means that we are working with hotels who are making a positive impact on their local community – socially, environmentally and economically.
The best person to introduce you to a country is someone who lives there. Undoubtedly the best way to experience the true magic of Trinidad is with a local guide. You can sit back and relax while the guide shows you around and takes care of the driving. They are a font of local knowledge–the islands are small and there is not much that misses their attention. We have known most (if not all) of our guides personally for many years. You will find that most of them are very well known around the islands, especially on Tobago. Locals call out as the car passes, exchange a few words and a drawled “Aaaaall-right!” – the universal greeting on Tobago. At the end of the itinerary you selfdrive around Tobago as it’s easy to explore by road. All the sights are reachable from anywhere on the island in the course of a day’s drive. Driving conditions are easy, but take it slow around the island’s narrow roads. For security and because local drivers can be wilder we do not recommend self-drive on Trinidad.
Mount Plaisir Estate in Grande Riviere is located on a wild beach in a remote corner of Trinidad's North-Eastern coast, which between May and September is the largest leatherback turtle nesting site in the Western Hemisphere. For birders, the Trinidad Piping Guan, a rare endemic can be found in forests behind the village. The hotel prides itself on its natural wilderness setting and is committed to operating in a sustainable manner as possible. Hotel furnishings are largely the work of local craftsmen and artisans. Great care is taken to ensure that fresh local ingredients are used in food preparation, many of which are grown on the hotel's organic land or sourced fresh from the sea. Cakes and breads are baked daily in the hotel's kitchen.
On this trip you will visit Caroni and Nariva swamps, RAMSAR wetlands of international importance, the Bush Bush Wildlife Sanctuary, Pointe a Pierre Wildfowl Trust, Little Tobago, a protected bird sanctuary and Asa Wright Nature Centre, established as a not-for-profit trust in 1967 by a group of naturalists and bird-watchers to protect and conserve the local environment, the first of its kind in the Caribbean. The entrance fees included in the tour price go toward the conservation of these protected areas.
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