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Tobago Dive Sites /
In Search of Robinson Crusoe
Tobago Dive Experience is housed within the grounds
of Manta Lodge, within a five minute truck ride to our dive
departure area at the Speyside Jetty. Once we meet the boat, the
dive equipment is loaded aboard one of our three specially designed
dive boats for the short journey to the dive site.
The boats depart at 9:00am, 11:30am and 2:00pm, returning
between each of the dives to give guests a chance to take a break,
get a drink or light snack before departing again for the second or
third dive of the day. Night dives can also be arranged departing at
6:30pm with a minimum of 4 divers.
Tobago Dive Experience dives every day of the year, and the
guides are experts at finding the best dive sites based on weather
and current conditions, coupled with the requests of and experience
levels of the divers.
There are some 30 dives in the Speyside area alone, with the bulk of
diving on Tobago being drift diving. For this reason, the
Association of Tobago Dive Operators requires all
divers to wear a safety sausage. Don't worry if you don't have one,
as we have them to rent, along with a full line of rental gear.
The cycles of the moon have a dramatic effect on the currents along
the coast of Tobago. Typically a few days prior to a full moon
divers can anticipate stronger currents, which can make for very
exciting high energy drift dives!
The experts at Tobago Dive Experience can always find calmer
sites for novice divers, but those looking for that adrenaline rush
will enjoy the enhanced rides during full moon periods.
The waters of Tobago teem with colorful reef fish and healthy
corals, but it is the encounters with the "Giants
of the Drift" that truly set this island apart from all other
Caribbean dive destinations.
In addition to Southern Stingrays, Morays and Nurse Sharks,
Tobago's "Giants" include a variety or Turtles and Tarpon
sightings from May to August as they migrate past Trinidad &
and for the lucky few, a chance encounter with a Mola Mola
(Ocean Sunfish) in the open waters off the northern coast, where
they come to feed on jellyfish and other soft-bodied organisms. The
Mola Mola drift at the surface while lying on their side, or swim
upright and so close to the surface that their dorsal fin projects
above the water. Encounters with them are rare and unpredictable,
but totally unforgettable!
Another Giant of the Drift quite commonly seen is the Manta Ray.
They are frequently seen in the waters off Speyside anywhere from
December to June, with the April and May being especially exciting
as the Mantas begin to mate - a season that many refer to as "Manta
Madness." Mantas can also be spotted during the annual period of
Coral Spawning each fall.
Leatherback Turtles and the Great Hammerhead - the
largest of the hammerhead sharks, are more often seen at a site on
the central portion of the north coastline known as The Sisters.
The Sisters are actually a series of five rocky pinnacles rising up
from 130 feet. Between the pinnacles are a maze of canyons and
sand chutes that harbour all manner of marine life.
Dive trips to
The Sisters are best suited for advanced divers, since the
area is subject to strong currents and large swells. Weather
conditions can also render The Sisters "un-divable" at certain times.
For this reason, dives to the site can not be pre-booked, and need
to be arranged once on island. This dive requires a $70.00 per
person upgrade if on the standard dive package.
One special site you should definitely request to visit (for no additional charge!) is a site Tobago Dive Experience owner Sean Robinson has dubbed "Dead Man's Point." This recently discovered site lays claim to a heavily encrusted human skull and a nearby antique anchor.
Tobago Dive Experience is the only operation on the island that knows the whereabouts of this site, which just may have a tie in to the tales of Robinson Crusoe!
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