Eco-Tourism in Tobago and its Underwater Carnival

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Trinidad and Tobago is famous for Carnival, its well-known cultural diversity, and its beaches—such as Maracas Bay in Trinidad and Pigeon Point in Tobago—but it also offers much for the ecologically-curious traveler. Locals and tourists alike enjoy hiking and biking through the UNESCO certified Main Ridge Forest Reserve, the oldest protected reserve in the Western Hemisphere (where they may catch a glimpse of the white-tailed sabrewing hummingbird, a rare species endemic to Tobago), hike the 3-tiered Argyle Falls near Roxborough,  or bird watch on Little Tobago Island.

Tobago offers world-class diving sites, including the famed London Bridge and Japanese Gardens. The upcoming Tobago Underwater Carnival, July 22-29, 2013, presents divers with a chance to see all the treasures hiding beneath the surface in the waters that surround Tobago. Those who prefer catching fish to swimming alongside them can enjoy spear fishing, fly-fishing, big-game tournaments and deep-sea charters.

As the Division of Tourism and Transportation writes, “Tobago’s coast is a haven for tarpons, turtles, sharks and even the occasional manta ray and the Underwater Carnival is designed to showcase this rarely seen habitat. Kaleidoscopic marine life and unique coral formations combine with engaging seminars and instructive dive sessions to create an exciting schedule of activities for both novice and experienced divers alike.”

This year’s Underwater Carnival will present divers and underwater photographers with the opportunity to discover over 400 species of fish and marine creatures. Key events include an amateur underwater photography competition hosted by photographer, Ty Sawyer; a presentation by David Jones of the Plastic Ocean Foundation; seminars on several topics, including Life Saving Techniques and the ‘Try Dive’ event which is perfect for non-divers who want to learn to dive.

[Sigh, this is where I’d love to be!]

For more information, see http://www.visittobago.gov.tt/tuc-press-release

Also see information on Trinidad & Tobago at www.goTrinidadandTobago.com or www.visittobago.gov.tt

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