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Diving in Tobago

Tobago is a sight to behold both on land and water. Under its surface, divers can discover a kaleidoscopic world, replete with vivid sponges and corals and brilliantly colored marine life.

The island's intimate reef systems are rich marine biodiversity, clear, pristine waters, and range of diving sites are natural treasures.

The popular site affectionately known as Diver’s Dream contains intricate gorgonian corals, black-tip reef sharks, eagle rays, many reef fish and large barrel sponges; the tiny St. Giles Islands off the northern coast are known for spectacular underwater scenery, and the shallow waters around the Kariwak Reef are a well-known night diving destination. And, since 1997, Tobago's coastal waters have been home to the MV Maverick, a former ferry deliberately sunk to create an artificial reef.

The island also has many highly trained instructors and a hyperbaric chamber, making Tobago the perfect dive destination for both experienced and novice divers.

Beyond ordinary diversity...

Nestled in the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, Tobago’s coastal waters are alive with diverse colour. Just to the north of Venezuela and at the mouth of the Orinoco River, Tobago's dive sites are fed year-round by the nutrient-rich Guyana current – providing sustenance for the reefs and attracting a wide rainbow-coloured spectrum of life to the area.

Under the surface, divers will discover unspoilt reefs thick with sponges and corals – including the world’s largest known brain coral. Amongst the reefs, divers can expect to find closely-huddled schooling fish, moray eels, lobsters and sea horses, as well as headline attractions such as barracudas, tarpons, turtles, nurse sharks and rays.

An abundance of dive sites provides memorable opportunities for divers of all abilities from shallow snorkellers to novice drift divers and advanced challenges for the most experienced visitors. With more than 50 well-established dive sites in Tobago, there are plenty of options to choose from.

We’ve narrowed down our visitors’ favourite dive sites by region, from the Atlantic drifts on the island’s south side, to calmer waters on the north side in the Caribbean Sea.