Relaxed and easy paced twin centre holiday focusing on nature, wildlife, bird watching and beach
The Trinidad & Tobago Nature Holiday is a suggested itinerary for a relaxed and easy paced twin centre holiday in two beautiful and very different Caribbean islands that make up one country and are separated by a short 20 minute flight. This holiday will give you a unique eco-adventure experience, while still offering you every comfort, staying in individual charming hotels. The itinerary provides the perfect opportunity to see the best that Trinidad & Tobago has to offer, including the finest bird watching, giant leatherback turtles in season and the most gorgeous tropical plants and scenery.
Everything is flexible on this holiday and the itinerary can be changed to suit the individual, which gives you the opportunity to travel when you want and with a schedule that exactly suits your requirements.
Fly to Tobago and transfer to the beautiful Blue Waters Inn for 7 nights. Situated on the quiet northern point of the island with incredible views all around, this is the ideal choice for nature lovers and divers. 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 and there are 2 private bungalows with self-catering facilities as well. 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, a relaxed Shipwreck Bar serving great cocktails and good bar meals, 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 diving and bird watching in Tobago
A free day to relax and get acquainted with the lovely surroundings and array of birds to found here, to unwind on the beach, to go snorkelling or even diving, or to explore the nature trails.
Today you will depart by glass-bottom boat to Little Tobago Bird Sanctuary. On the way you will cross the pristine coral reefs and there will be a chance to see the largest Brain Coral recorded in the Western Hemisphere, as well as snorkel at Angel Reef. On landing and depending on the time of year, you will explore the island looking for exotic sea birds and perhaps nesting colonies of Red-Billed Tropicbird, Red-footed and Brown Boobies, Terns, Magnificent Frigatebird and Audubon’s Shearwater.
A free day to enjoy as you wish.
The first of three excursions with your guide in Tobago, who will take you on a round the island tour and show you many beautiful sights of natural, cultural and historic interest. The day might find you looking for birds and wildlife at Buccoo Marsh, Tobago Plantations and Grafton Bird Sanctuary and lunch will be at a local restaurant on the beach at Pigeon Point. You will surely see most of Tobago’s special birds such as Scrub Greenlet, Black-faced Grassquit, Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird and Caribbean Martin.
This morning you will take a walk into the Tobago Forest Reserve, which was established in 1765 and is the oldest protected forest in the Western Hemisphere. It is a haven for some 210 of Tobago’s most colourful bird species. Along the Gilpin Trace it is possible to see Blue-crowned MotMot, Blue Backed Manakin, White tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird and many others. Butterflies, Trap-door Spiders, Fruit-eating Bats, Lizards, Snakes and endemic trees make up part of the biodiversity of the rain forest here.
A short flight to Trinidad and transfer to the world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre for 5 nights. Surrounded by pristine rainforest, with superb views across the Arima Valley, this is a non-profit making Wildlife Sanctuary and a world-class destination for birdwatchers. Over 170 species have been recorded at this former coffee, cocoa and citrus plantation, many of which can be seen from the wonderful veranda of the Lodge. A network of well-marked trails meander through the 200 acre conservation area and there are natural pools for bathing. Guests are accommodated in 26 comfortable bedrooms with private bathrooms, located in the Main Estate House and in cottages dotted around the beautiful gardens full of tropical flowers, trees and shrubs. All guests are on a full board plan, including superb picnic lunches on field trips and the excellent cuisine reflects the varied ethnicity of the people of Trinidad.
Free day to enjoy the estate, beginning with a guided tour of the various trails traversing this rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary. Later on you may explore the trails on your own, take a dip in a refreshing natural pool or simply enjoy watching the birds from the magnificent verandah, which is one of the worlds most pleasant and exciting ornithological experiences.
Today you will wind your way out of the Northern Range to the east coast and the Nariva Swamp. This is the largest freshwater herbaceous swamp in Trinidad, which also has a mangrove area. This field trip takes you into several different habitats, including savannah grasslands, forest edges, coastlines and swamp territory. Several stops are made along the way, including the Aripo Agricultural Experimental Station, the villages of Valencia and Manzanilla, then and finally the Nariva Swamp. The birding trip brings you back into the old American airfield where you will look for a few special birds including the very endangered Moriche Oriole. This area is home to more than 200 species of birds including Savannah Hawks, Southern Lapwings, Red Breasted Blackbirds, Pinnated Bitterns, Azure Gallinules, Purple Gallinules, White tailed Golden Throat Hummingbird, Black-crested Antshrike, Red bellied Macaws, Pearl Kites, Black Bellied Whistling Ducks, Crested Caracaras. A variety of small mammals can sometimes also be found in this part of the country and these can include anteaters, porcupines, howler monkeys, the endangered ocelot and manatee.
Today you will enjoy a trip to Caroni Bird Sanctuary, an extensive area of mangrove swamp and lagoon facing the Gulf of Paria, where you will take an evening tour on-board a flat bottom boat going through the mangrove channels looking for a variety of mangrove species. It is possible to see Silky Anteaters, Tree Boa Constrictors, Freshwater Caiman and Crab-eating Racoons, along with many species of crabs. The birdlife and panoramic wetland views are incredible, and your day will end with the breath-taking sight of flocks of stunning Scarlet Ibis returning to their roosting areas. Other birding highlights could include Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Osprey, Striated Heron, White-cheeked Pintail, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bicoloured Conebill and Red-capped Cardinal. Afternoon tea and rum punch is provided on the way.
A morning visit to Dunston Cave, home of the most accessible colony of Oilbirds in the world. Oilbirds are unique as they are the only nocturnal fruit eating birds. The after-noon will be free to enjoy the facilities at the Centre, to explore the trails, take a dip in the natural bathing pool or just relax on the verandah.
Transfer to Grande Riviere on Trinidad’s remote North East coast for 2 nights at either Mt.Plaisir Estate Hotel or the more comfortable Anise Hotel & Spa. The beautiful beach here is the largest nesting site for Leatherback turtles in the Western Hemisphere and a wonderful area for bird watching.
Free day to enjoy the beach, river and surrounding area. You might wish to venture out from your hotel to the edge of the rainforest with a knowledgeable local birding guide to look for the Piping Guan and other species.
A final relaxing morning in Trinidad, before transferring to the airport after lunch, for your late after-noon flight back to the UK.
Arrive in UK in early morning.
Please note that this itinerary is just a suggestion and the field trips might be done on different days than listed.