If you are looking for an amazing experience swimming with sea turtles and other schools of fish, then snorkeling in the Tobago Cays Marine Park is definitely for you. This marine park is full of abundant coral reefs, turtle nesting sites and hordes of exotic fish to grab your attention.
Snorkeling in the Tobago Cays Marine Park
Tobago Cays Marine Park is a gorgeous string of islands that are well worth the trip to get there. The marine park is a protected area and it is a $10USD fee to enter TCMP. This small fee is more than worth it though, considering everything Tobago Cays Marine Park has to offer.
The best area for snorkeling in the Tobago Cays Marine Park is along the Horseshoe Reef. This 4 km long reef is the longest of all of the reef systems in the entire marine park and is considered to be one of the most healthy and diverse reefs in the park. Horseshoe Reef encloses four of the five cays and will provide the best snorkeling experience. Throughout the reef, you can catch glimpses of baby sharks, turtles, lobsters, conch shells and stunning, colorful coral.
Over the backside of the island, the beaches serve as nesting grounds for Hawksbill Turtles, Leatherback Turtle and Green Turtles. If the season is right, you can witness sea turtles nesting, or even swim among them if you’re lucky!
Though they still offer views of marine life, the World’s End and Egg reef are considered more degraded and less diverse. However, if the Horseshoe Reef is packed with snorkelers, checking out one of the fringing reefs might not be a bad idea.
Tobago Cays Marine Park offers more than just great snorkeling. The park is home to many endangered species and if you get tired of snorkeling, you can head up onto the beach to relax or to scour the vegetation for creatures, like iguanas. When walking the beach, you may be approached by locals asking if you’d like to join their party. Expect to pay a bit, but you will also enjoy a feast of fresh lobster that you can literally watch them remove straight from the ocean!
Visiting Tobago Cays Marine Park
Located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tobago Cays Marine Park surrounds 5 uninhabited cays. Union Island, Canouan, Grenada, and St. Vincent have airports that can get you to TCMP, and these airports are services by LIAT, SVG Air and, Grenadines Air. The Tobago Cay Marine Park is only accessible by sea. Grab a water taxi, chartered yacht or take a day tour to the stunning marine park. If you are staying at a hotel, you can schedule a dive boat to come directly to your hotel and pick you up for a fun day of diving or snorkeling.
Dry season for St. Vincent and the Grenadines stretches from January to May, when the average temperature falls around +29°C (85°F). During this time, the islands see little rain, and plenty of warm sunshine. No matter the time you choose to visit, snorkeling Tobago Cays Marine Park is a unique experience. Hopefully you visit on a good day and get to swim with the turtles!