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Popular Diving Location of the South Caribbean Islands

Aug 17, 2007
Tobago is the smaller of the two main islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is located in the southern Caribbean Sea. The island lies outside of the hurricane belt. Originally a sugar colony, Tobago's economy collapsed after the abolition of slavery. In 1889, Tobago was made a Ward of Trinidad, and remained one until 1 August 1962.

The island of Tobago is also thought to be the island that the story Robinson Crusoe was written about. This island was also the filming location for the Walt Disney movie The Swiss Family Robinson.

Tobago is also a popular diving location, since it is the most southerly of the Caribbean island with coral communities. There are three wrecks located around its shores

Off Pigeon Point in the south is Buccoo Reef, where sea gardens of coral and hundreds of fish can be seen in waist-deep water. This is the natural aquarium of Tobago, it is the island's best snorkelling and scuba diving place.

The Carnivals are held every year and it falls on the Monday and Tuesday preceding the Lenten period starting with Ash Wednesday. The lead up to Carnival includes many musical, cultural and carnival related activities such as the prejudging of the costumes.

Tobago's weekly highlight is Sunday School, but do not expect bible classes. The beach party takes over the streets of Buccoo village, bursting at the seams with food stalls and dancers. Sound systems blast out dance hall favourites as well as R&B and soca calypso tunes.

Tobago's food is typical of the rest of the Caribbean, spicy, creative, and yummy.

In Tobago's capital, Scarborough, you can visit the local market Monday to Saturday mornings. Scarborough's stores have a limited range of merchandise,

Store Bay is a stones throw from the airport, this is the heartbeat of Crown Point and one of the most popular beaches in Tobago. Glass-bottomed boats leave daily for trips to Buccoo Reef and the Nylon Pool. The area is alive with craft stalls, bars and the famous crab dumpling vendors.

Little Tobago is a small uninhabited island located just in front of Speyside on the east coast of Tobago and is also known as Bird of Paradise Island. It is a protected bird sanctuary. It is where David Attenborough filmed his famous BBC documentary, Trials of Life. You can see the frigate bird, the red-billed tropic bird, the brown boobies and the bridled terns in is natural habitat. It is ideal for bird watchers and nature lovers.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Tobago Beach Hut Rental Site
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