Wreck, reef and drift dives are all possible, depending on experience. The wreck of the MV Maverick
lies 30m down on the ocean floor off the west coast – it’s recommended for intermediate divers. The reefs off Castara
and Mt Irvine Bay
are great options for beginners, with towering pinnacles and neon shoals of fish. Alternatively, Kelliston Drain
, near Little Tobago, has the largest known brain coral in the world at over 5m across. Advanced divers will be wowed by Sisters Rocks – five rock pinnacles known for attracting manta rays (particularly Nov-Feb).
Half or full day resort dives are a great taster session, teaching you all the basics in a hotel pool before heading into the ocean. PADI open water and advanced open water certifications are also available – courses last two to five days. Professional qualifications are also possible. Always look for a fully certified operator – a good place to start is the Association of Tobago Dive Operators
. There is a recompression chamber in Roxborough for divers who get into difficulties.
Tobago’s Underwater Carnival is not literally a submarine parade – it’s a week-long event each July celebrating underwater activities and biodiversity. There are underwater photography seminars, fish identification, kids activities and introductory dives – this is an awesome experience for anyone – diver or not – to get more involved in the world under the sea.