Marine life proliferates in these warm,
nutrient-rich waters, with butterfly fish, queen angels, damsels and parrotfish
swim by. On Tobago you can have the best of both worlds, with Caribbean Sea
diving on one coast and Atlantic diving on the other. Chris and I managed to get
in a couple of dives while filming the Island, but although the diving was good
and there was a diverse amount of fish to be seen, as often happens in the
Caribbean, visibility was hampered by the very nutrients in the water that
sustain reef life.
Most of the diving
done in Tobago are drift dives, which means that you leave the boat at the start
of your dive, and it follows you as the current takes you along. Some of the diving can be done on the north east
coast around Speyside and Batteaux Bay.
Some of the famous dive spots include:
Manta City, Japanese Gardens, Keleston Drain, London Bridge, Blackjack Hole,
Buccoo Reef, The Shallows, The Sisters, Paradise, Diver's Dream and Diver's
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced:
As the name implies, huge mantas frequent this site and if they are in a playful
mood during your dive they will seek you out and interact in much the same way
as dolphins. These giant creatures that look so menacing are such gentle
creatures in reality, being filter feeders, and they seem to enjoy the divers
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate: lies off the western tip of Goat Island.
another ideal spot to see mantas! The surface is usually a bit choppy and there
is a mild current on the bottom. At some points during the dive, you'll be
picked up and "flown" around some of the bends. Lots of soft corals,
sponges and huge vases abound this dive.
Skill Level: Intermediate: Kelliston Drain is noted for its famous brain
coral. It is rated as the world's largest brain coral, measuring some 16ft wide
and 12ft high! It's not uncommon to find nurse sharks and more mantas on this
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced: A natural arch that extends down 40ft underwater.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced: a group of
small islands off Bloody Bay. It's about a 45 minute boat ride out to the site
in usually choppy waters. This is a wall dive and worth the time it takes to get
there. Not recommended for the novice diver as this dive usually has strong
currents or surges.
Anybody know what the
first rule of video is? Well neither do I, but I have had some scary
moments filming around the world. Not in the physical sense, but in doing
stupid things that I immediately regret. This was one such case. I had
left the tripod on the pontoon at Pigeon Point while I went to film some
people on the beach. The tripods we use are notorious for not locking
properly, ( well it's not going to be my fault is it!) and, as I watched
from the shore, one leg collapsed and my tripod toppled into the salty water.
Fortunately these young swimmers retrieved it for me and I was able to dry
it out without too much damage.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate: Located on the southern wing of Little Tobago,
this site is one of the loveliest in the area and abounds with photo
opportunities. The currents are minimal so its easy to set up your shots of
schooling purple & gold Creole Wrasse, huge Green Morays, the resident juvenile
Black Tip Shark (if you're lucky) and of course the dozens of Black Durgons
Skill Level: Intermediate: Book Ends lies just south of Little Tobago. At
one part during the dive, you'll come up to some heavy wave action on the
surface. The water is churned up and high with energy. From below, it takes on a
cloudy look, much like storm clouds. Don't hold your breath when you run into
the large school of HUGE tarpons drifting among the clouds.
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