The Island

Ecological Highlights and Activities

Tobago is a top eco-tourism destination. Its rainforest has been protected since 1776. Kayak through mangrove swamps, mountain bike testing trails in the island’s northeast, drift dive with manta rays and sharks, hike the Rainforest Reserve and swim under one or more of its many waterfalls.

Eco facts & figures

  • 220-plus bird species
  • 23 butterfly species
  • 44 coral species including World’s largest brain coral
  • 5 turtle species including Giant Leatherback
  • 24 non poisonous snakes
  • 16 lizard species
  • 14 frog species
  • 17 bat species including a nocturnal fish-eating bat

If more traditional island activity is more your scene then surf the curl off Mt Irvine, kite surf or sail hobbycats at Pigeon Point, swim or walk on Tobago’s many beautiful beaches, snorkel its reefs, take a glass bottom boat trip and play its two golf courses or multiple tennis courts.

Other local activities of interest include:

  • goat and crab racing at Buckoo
  • Sunday School at Buckoo
  • Carnival season which sees this exuberant island at its most extroverted.

 

Climate

Trinidad and Tobago’s southerly location keeps temperatures consistent year-round, with a daily average of 27°C (80°F).

The rainy season (June to November) and the dry season (December to May) are the major weather variations.

Average humidity hovers around 75%.

The high season (roughly February to March) sees many visitors arrive for Carnival, while summer (July and August), Easter and the Christmas period are also busy.

The shoulder seasons (October to mid-December and April to June) mean fewer crowds and cheaper accommodations, but a good chance of some rain.

Tobago, at 11 degrees north, is below the Atlantic hurricane belt. As a result severe storms are very uncommon. Review hurricane history.

 

Economy

T&T is one of the Caribbean’s richer nations. Unlike many of its Caribbean neighbours, which rely on tourism, Trinidad depends heavily on oil and gas production. The energy sector accounts for more than 40% of GDP and 85% of merchandise exports. Its sister island Tobago, which has a wealth of secluded beaches and rainforests, benefits from the larger island’s prosperity but its local economy is dominated

by tourism.

In 2017, the economy contracted by 2.6%, after falling by 6% in 2016, according to the IMF. The economy is expected to expand by only 0.25% this year and by 0.2% in 2019, based on IMF estimates.

The construction industry is getting a boost from the government’s development plan “Vision 2020”, which consists mainly of construction projects. In the 2018 budget, the government has allocated more than TT$1 billion (US$147.5 million) for the construction of affordable housing.

 

Getting to Tobago

With direct flights to Tobago getting here is also easy.

British Airways comes in twice a week from the UK and so does Condor from Germany.  

Virgin comes in from the UK twice a week in the European winter and once a week otherwise. 

Thomas Cook will start a flight for the European winter period. 

There is talk of other airlines coming in such as Sunwing from Toronto with a regular service from December 2018.