Tailor-made Tobago from pristine rainforest to beaches and birds
On this tailor-made holiday to Tobago, we aim to show you the very best that this tiny, unspoilt gem of an island has to offer. From pristine rainforest, protected since 1765, to sandy bays, clear blue seas, coral reefs and a multitude of birds and wildlife, Tobago has it all. You will stay in unique, small, locally owned hotels and will have lots of opportunity to interact with the friendly, laid-back local communities. Our wonderful, knowledgeable guides will take you out on trips to some of the most interesting and beautiful places on the island, as well as the secret places that only the locals know.
If you have a special interest, let us know and we will tailor that into the itinerary. If you would like to self-drive for part of your stay, this is easy to do on Tobago and we can arrange it for you. Everywhere you go, you will see scenery to die for and you will receive a very special welcome.
Fly to Tobago and transfer to Kariwak Village Hotel & Spa for 5 nights. This comfortable, intimate hotel offers the most delightful blend of rustic charm and simple accommodation in a restful ambience. The owners, whose holistic approach to life is reflected in every part of this unique hotel, manage it beautifully. Yoga, tai chi and morning stretching are all practised in the ‘Ajoupa’ in the lovely garden and reflexology, aromatherapy and ayurvedic massage therapies are also available at an extra charge. The 24 comfortable cabana rooms are dotted around the grounds with air-conditioning, private bathroom and a terrace overlooking the fresh water swimming pool or gardens. There is also an outdoor Jacuzzi. The organic garden provides herbs for the excellent restaurant, popular with visitors and locals alike.
Walk to nearby Store Bay or take the complimentary shuttle to the calm turquoise waters and white sands of Pigeon Point 5 minutes away. Perhaps take a glass-bottom boat out to the Buccoo Reef, where you could do some snorkelling or swim in the Nylon Pool out on the reef.
Today you will be taken on a Cultural and Historical Tour, lasting about 4 hours and including the Fort and Museum in the capital, Scarborough and other historical buildings like the old Moravian church at Spring Garden. You will also visit Plymouth and its sites, Arnos Vale Waterwheel, Fort Bennett at Black Rock and the new Pan Tent.
A leisurely day to relax by the pool or visit the nearby beaches, to explore the area independently and perhaps use some of the wonderful spa facilities at your hotel. You could even try something new like Stand-up Paddle boarding – try it out at Pigeon Point and then maybe take an evening Bioluminescence Tour by paddle board or kayak to Bon Accord Lagoon to marvel at the brilliance caused by the plankton in the water.
You could take a drive today to the edge of the rainforest, where the eco-friendly Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve can be found. A dazzling array of birdlife including several species of hummingbird can be found at the feeders or spotted in the lush vegetation as you walk the trails through the gardens.
A scenic drive north along the glittering coast, past small fishing villages and picturesque bays will take you to Blue Waters Inn, which will be your home for the next 5 nights. Situated on the quiet northern point of the island with incredible views all around, this is the ideal choice for nature lovers. The hotel is secluded in the privacy of its own stunning bay and is separated from the village of Speyside by a steep walk. All 38 rooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, fans and private porches. The 46 acres of lush tropical grounds are full of rare and beautiful birds and directly face the bird sanctuary at Little Tobago. There is a restaurant, the very relaxed Shipwreck Bar serving great cocktails and good bar meals; a games court; recreation room with TV, internet, library and table tennis; free kayaking and an excellent dive centre on site. This small resort on one of the most stunning locations on the island has a lovely laid-back atmosphere and provides immediate access to some of the very best snorkelling, diving and bird watching in Tobago.
On your first full day in this beautiful location, you will be free to explore the area, use the amenities and to relax on the stunning beach.
Today Newton George, our very knowledgeable birding guide, will take you on a walk into the Tobago Forest Reserve, which is the oldest protected rain forest in the Western hemisphere and a haven for some 210 bird species. You will leave the hotel at around 7.00 am and return by 2.00 pm. Along the Gilpin Trace you will see various species of wildlife, butterflies and many birds, such as Blue-crowned MotMot, Collared Trogon, Red-crowned Woodpecker, White-fringed Antwren, Blue-backed Manakin and White-tailed Sabrewing.
This morning, you will depart from the jetty in front of your hotel by glass-bottom boat to visit the uninhabited Little Tobago Bird Sanctuary. You will cross pristine coral reefs on the way and there will be a chance to snorkel at Angel Reef and see the world’s largest Brain Coral. Depending on the time of year, you will explore the island for nesting colonies of Red-Billed Tropicbird, Red-footed and Brown Boobies, Sooty and Noddy Terns, Frigatebird and Audubon’s Shearwater.
A half day trip to visit the lovely Argyle Waterfalls, where a short hike will take you to the Falls and you may have a dip in a series of three flat pools. If it is open, there will also be a stop at the Tobago Cocoa Estate, where cocoa is grown to make award winning chocolate, before returning to your hotel.
A final day to relax at your hotel before departing for the airport in the afternoon.
Arrive back to the UK early in the morning.
Please note that this itinerary is just a suggestion and may change without prior notice due to circumstances such as weather, alterations in habitat or other conditions.