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Tobago. The Less Known Dive Vacation Island

Discussion in 'ScubaBoard Articles' started by Maduro Dive, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. Maduro Dive

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  2. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    Three things that I remember about diving in Tobago are:
    1. The huge brain coral.
    2. My first and only encounter of guitarfish.
    3. Leatherback sea turtle nesting.

    Witnessing a leatherback sea turtle digging a hole on the beach and seeing it laying eggs into the hole is such a memorable experience that I'd never forget. That mother leatherback sea turtle was huge. I guess it's about 5' long, weighed probably about 800 lbs. It breathed like a race horse. Simply amazing experience!

  3. george_austin

    george_austin Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Los Angeles,CA. Alcoi, Espana, Los Barilles, Baja
    Many times visited Tobago - off the beaten track for incredible diving - which makes it even better.
    Dive with Sean and Kat Robinson out of TDE - Tobago Dive Experience. Speyside!
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  4. Crystal A.

    Crystal A. Photographer

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bonaire
    I found super cheap RT tickets out of SLC but is it all boat diving? Any cheap places to dive/stay?
  5. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    As I ask with any such (U.S. & Caribbean) dive destination that seems to get a lot less attention (e.g.: discussion threads, trip reports) than others (I think Dominica gets more 'love' on the forum than Tobago; I see Dominican Republic mentioned much more often, and neither of those gets anywhere near the attention of Cozumel, Bonaire, Belize, etc...), what is keeping Tobago off most U.S. divers' radar? Why is it 'lesser known,' not used more often?

    It's way south of here; what about round trip airfare?

    What I'm asking is, while there may be substantial upsides to a Tobago trip, are there downsides?

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  6. Damian G. Finch

    Damian G. Finch Angel Fish

    For me, it is the 13 hour, $2000 flight from Atlanta... never gonna happen....
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  7. Crystal A.

    Crystal A. Photographer

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bonaire
    Atlanta, that is a gold mine! I have to fly out of IDA. When do you want to go? I just looked up a flight for you under $500 10 hours. Search to POS instead of TAB, then take a $50 RT from POS to TAB.
  8. Crystal A.

    Crystal A. Photographer

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bonaire
  9. islandboysrule

    islandboysrule Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Houston, TX
    Im originally from Trinidad and (Tobago) now live in Houston, I've logged quite a few dives there. Anyone need 1:1 advise or trip planning let me know...
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  10. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    Seriously, it looks like to get a fare under $800 from Atlanta, you have to go through contortions like traveling a 10-hour itinerary, from Atlanta way north to Toronto (as in the itinerary you linked to), and back down to Trinidad.

    If I'm going to spend more than $800, I might as well take the nonstop to Bonaire and be there in 4 hours. If I'm going to devote more than 10 hours to travel, it had better be a trip to Asia.

    Anyway, for me, what keeps me from venturing to dive destinations that seem to get less attention on SB is mainly the travel cost. They're all "on my radar" to some extent--they just get shot down when I weigh where I could go for less money and arrive sooner.
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