Pigeon Point. Photo by Colin Campbell.
• go wildlife spotting on informative, guided rainforest walks through the oldest protected forest in the world, with many species of birds, mammals, frogs, non-venemous snakes (they say! ) and butterflies making an appearance, along with turtles on the beaches. One popular hike takes 5 hours on forest trails.
Bird watchers may want to make an effort to hire a fisherman to take you across the turbulent waters on a 20 minute trip to Little Tobago island where there is a large bird sanctuary with many unusual and threatened avian species that were moved here 1 for their preservation 100 years ago.
• diving. Tobago’s north coast, on the Caribbean, offers the best dive sites, with large pelagics such as hammerhead sharks and lots of bizarre macro lifeforms, but the south does have attractions too, including a spectacular wreck dive.
• snorkeling or 2 hour glass bottom boat tours (not for the easily seasick! ) on Buccoo reef, near Pigeon Point; shallow and a little over-visited but still fair coral and fish numbers. Otherwise there are plenty of more remote and less used locations for snorkeling such as Englishman’s Bay, Castara Bay etc.
• horseback riding – and more interestingly horseback swimming on and around Buccoo beaches. Being with Horses stable is recommended.
• Nylon Pool (near Pigeon Point) is an odd sandbar under a couple of feet of ‘velvet seas’ in the middle of the Caribbean. It’s a popular tour though we can’t see the attraction, nor can the hawkers at Pigeon Point!
• golf! Yes, there is an 18 hole course at Tobago Golf Club, easy-peasy by all accounts, and a 9 hole course at Mt Irvine Bay Golf Course.
• surfing! Mt Irvine Bay has good instructors and good surf on the right day.
• Fort King George, on the hill above Scarborough, and its educational Tobago Museum. The view from the fort is panoramic and building interestingly made of coral, so this is a worthwhile sight, albeit not occupying much time.
• there are a handful of boisterous bars where live bands appear from time to time, such as The Mount Irvine Bay Hotel, Buccaneer’s Beach Bar in the Grafton Beach Resort at Black Rock and Bonkers at Crown Point.