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Activity and sports

Water sport activities are arranged at different sites around the island. Qualified instructors are available and courses of various lengths can be arranged. These are geared to challenge all abilities. There are opportunities to kayak (rented by the hour/day/week), windsurf (especially at Pigeon Point the water is shallow and you can catch the N & E trade winds), and water-ski, wakeboard, and the hottest new watersport - kite surfing! On Land you can rent a mountain bike and following a trail up-river to a secluded waterfall or tour the island on a 4x4 or trail motorbike.

Snorkelling and Diving on Tobago.

“Tobago has not been spoilt by development and provides world class diving in a relaxed unpretentious environment. It has a range of underwater opportunities from diving in sheltered shallow reefs to spectacular drift diving areas that will thrill the experienced diver. “ Lonely Planet.
Tobago has a reputation of having some of the best and most varied diving opportunities in the world. As a result Lonely Planet Guides have even published a specific guide: Diving & Snorkeling - Trinidad and Tobago. Tobago has multi-lingual instructors, first-class facilities and a variety of diving packages geared to the selective diver.
Tobago's waters are full of nutrients as a result of currents, bringing food from the mouth of the Orinoco River. This provides for a wealth and variety of marine life. Tobago is home to 300 species of coral, including the world's largest brain coral, and the largest permanent population of manta rays.
Many of the reef formations are close to the shore for excellent, accessible snorkeling. For those interested in exciting high energy drift dives, the moon can have a dramatic effect on diving off the Atlantic coast. A few days before a full moon the currents become rougher and less predictable, making for more exciting. The seas return to normal a few days after.

Boats

Many companies (listed in the guide books available at Palmhaven) offer trips to remote beaches many that are only accessible by sea. Modes of transport available include speedboats, sailing boats; glass bottom boat rides (to see the reefs without getting wet). They also offer other activities for the more adventurous.
You can also rent or charter hobie cats, trimarans, and catamarans by the day or longer.

Hiking and Walking

"Tobago is an ideal island to explore if you don't want to feel pressurized to pack too much into a single excursion. The island's compact size ensures no single trip is too long and the laid back atmosphere encourages you to linger along the way - admiring the views, stopping to swim, or chat with the locals." National Geographic Traveler the Caribbean
You can explore with organized groups or arrange your own personal guide for a more individual experience. The hiking is excellent on the main forest ridge that is 29 km (18 miles) long, with elevations up to 640 meters (2100 feet) and scenic, well-maintained trails exist on just about every part of the island.
There is a mixture of terrains and trails of various length and difficulty.

Golf on Tobago

There is a world-class championship golf course at Mt Irvine. The hotel there hosts various professional and amateur tournaments. The course is set in beautiful surroundings and covers 150 acres. A new course has recently been built at Tobago Plantations. It is adjacent to the Atlantic coast and overlooks the Caribbean Sea. At the World Class Tobago Plantations Golf & Country Club, alongside the 18Hole Championship Standard Plantations Golf Course and its sister 9 Hole Sugar Mill Course, you will find superb teaching and practice facilities of The Golf Academy. The Sugar Mill course is suited to novices. There is a dress code at the courses and at some soft spikes are compulsory. *Check when you inquire about green fees.

Bird Watching on Tobago

Ornithologists and naturalists flock in for the bird and animal life that flourishes in Tobago." Rough Guide of Trinidad & Tobago
Because of the location of Trinidad & Tobago and their past links to South America, they have retained many of the native bird and plant species, unlike the other Caribbean islands where the bird life is predominately North American. Over 260 species of bird’s breed in Trinidad and Tobago and it is a perfect stopping point for Northern and Southern migratory birds and butterflies.
Little Tobago is well worth a visit. It is a small offshore, uninhabited island that is one of the most important sea bird sanctuaries in the Caribbean. It is home to pelicans, frigates, boobies and others, and during March and April it is possible to get close to the nests to see the young.
There is also a sanctuary at Grafton. A good time to visit is 4 pm when it is feeding time for flocks of cocrico (one of Tobago’s national birds), mot-mot’s and others, many of whom will take food from your hand. If you are particularly interested in birds, there are also sanctuaries in Trinidad. One of the most well known is the Caroni, where the beautiful scarlet ibis roost in the mangroves, and at sunset they can be an unforgettable sight.

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