Tobago’s forts are just a few of the many remnants of its colonial history. Fort King George, Fort James, Fort Bennet, Fort Milford, and Fort Granby. Aged stone buildings stand on green hills overlooking the coasts they once protected. Visit each fort and get a glimpse into Tobago’s history as it passed through the many colonial powers.
THE BUCCOO REEF & NYLON POOL
The largest and most frequently visited of Tobago’s reefs. An arc of five reef flats separated by channels, it boasts a wonderful array of vibrantly coloured aquatic life, including 40 species of coral. French explorer Jacques Cousteau labeled it the third most spectacular reef in the world and it was declared a marine protected area in 1973. Between the shore and the reef is the Nylon Pool, an offshore sandbar that has formed a metre-deep pool in the middle of the ocean. The name comes from Princess Margaret, who reportedly said the water was as clear as her nylon stockings. Glass-bottom boat tours depart Pigeon Point and Store Bay twice daily.
Diving draws many visitors to Tobago and Speyside is the island’s diving mecca. Premier sites like Angel Reef, Black Jack Hole, Kelleston Drain, Coral Gardens, and Japanese Gardens lie just offshore. It hosts a wonderful variety of coral (including one of the world’s largest brain coral), moray eels, sea turtles, and sharks. The biggest attraction is the magnificent manta ray, with an average 2–4m (8–12ft) wingspan.
Tobago’s premier waterfall and a highlight of the Windward coast drive. A 15-minute forest walk brings you to the stunning three-tiered waterfall. Keep an eye out for wildlife: kingfishers, which nest in the riverbed’s bamboo roots, often can be spotted. A guide, available at the visitor centre, is recommended. An entrance fee applies.
TOBAGO RAINFOREST RESERVE
Tobago’s rainforests have been around for centuries. Explore the tropical forests on a hike, come across a secret waterfall, or take it slow and give bird-watching a try.
SCARBOROUGH BOTANICAL GARDENS
An oasis of flora within the capital of Tobago, Scarborough. This quiet and pleasant garden is a welcome reprieve from the bustle of the city. Take a deep breath and smell the flowers.