Tobago Cays Day Trips: Discover the Grenadines
Tobago Cays is a small group of uninhabited islands in the Grenadines, located just east of Mayreau.
The area has been declared a wildlife reserve by the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines government in a bid to preserve the biodiversity native to the cays.
Comprising of five islands (Petit Remeau, Baradal, Petit Bateau, Petit Tabac and Jamesby) Tobago Cay offers some of the best snorkelling in the world and have become a popular tourist destination.
Within the area there is a Marine Park which consists of a sand-bottom lagoon, encompassing the five cays, the inhabited island of Mayreau and the 4 km Horseshoe Reef. The Marine Park was listed as a regionally significant ecosystem in December 2014.
What Are the Tobago Cays Like?
Four of the islands are circled by the Horseshoe Reef, a stretch of beautiful clear water studded with sponges and coral and home to thousands of colourful fish, turtles and other marine life. Horseshoe Reef protects the Cays from the sea.
Snorkelling in Tobago Cays
Snorkelling on Tobago Cays is fantastic. Because it is a conservation area, no fishing is allowed meaning there is an abundance of fish to marvel at. As the area is protected you are not allowed to collect or harm any of the coral or sea-creatures, or take any souvenirs, shells and rocks included!
There is a designated area for sailboarding in Tobago Cays and can also scuba dive in certain areas.
A turtle watching area has been established around the beach in Baradel, marked by a series of buoys. You should approach turtles slowly and avoid getting too close to them. If you get too close you can frighten them.
As Tobago Cays is a wildlife reserve there are a number of regulations in place to preserve the area. You are not allowed to make fires, or discharge any chemicals or oils into the water. If you wish to scuba dive you may only do so with a local dive shop. To keep you right it, can be best to visit the area with a skipper who already knows the rules and can guide you correctly. There are a number of beach BBQs you can take part in, offered by several local vendors. These vendors will also often sell everything from ice to lobsters to bread.
Best Way to Visit Tobago Cays
If you are interested in visiting the Tobago Cays the best approach is from Mayreau. Sailors need to be careful of coral heads and of the speed limit (6 knots) in effect in the area, applicable to all yachts, dinghies, vessels and water taxis. Petit Rameau and Petit Bateau can look like one island on the approach however once you are close you can see them apart.
On a sailing holiday with Kalimba Caribbean Tours we typically suggest the following: Arrive Tobago Cays and enjoy snorkelling with turtles, swimming and exploring the islands. We then have a BBQ on the beach before sleeping on board at anchor. On cloudless nights, the stars are bright and line the sky like confetti. You can see a full itinerary of our sailing tours here. We also offer day tours and powerboat island hopping.
For more information about visiting Tobago Cays or holidaying in this part of the world, why not get in touch?!