Trinidad and Tobago together form one country since 1889. Tobago, the more tourism oriented of the two islands, can be reached from the mother island either by ferry or by plane. There are hotels and restaurants in the street right behind the A.N.R. Robinson International Airport, while the city center is further down the road.
Tobago has a number of attractions and one of these is Fort King George, a well maintained complex with a view over the city and the Atlantic Ocean. A drive to the north, to the villages of Speyside and Charlotteville, also offers breathtaking views.
For those more interested in hustle and bustle and action there is Store Bay, a public beach with a craft market, food stands and more. It’s different from the paid Pigeon Point beach park, which is much quieter.
Attractions here are swimming, water scooter riding and trips with the glass bottom boat. The latter takes groups to Bucco Reef and Nylon Pool. Some have music on board, but the most important thing is the glass bottom.
The view of the corals glides by through the clear and shallow water, like a sequence of television images. At some point the boatswain switches the engine off and while you’re floating, the biology lesson begins. Where the potato coral gets its name from doesn’t require a lot of fantasy. The same goes for the dead man finger coral and the tube coral. A nasty one is the fire coral, which obviously burns when touched. The various fish that color the seabed also pass by through the glass bottom. A phenomenon is the reef beneath the water’s surface, which gave Buccoo Reef its name.
A white line of rolling sea marks the location. Then the boat arrives at Nylon Pool. Everyone jumps off the boat into the water. The story goes that this pool makes you ten years younger; even wishes are fulfilled!
Round trip Port of Spain – Tobago: US$ 50, no matter what season.
Fort King George: free entrance
Fort King George Museum opening hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Entrance Pigeon Point: TT$ 20
Glass Bottom Boat trip: TT$ 120 p.p.
Text and photos: Charles Chang
Translation: Roline Brahim-Tjen A Kwoei/Equivalence Translations