Tobago Sweet: Exploring the Other Half of T&T
Dive Service Providers
Extra Divers Tobago (Outlets in South & North), Pigeon Point Road, Crown Point, Tobago, and Speyside Inn, Speyside, Tobago
R & Sea Divers Company
Scuba Adventure Safari
Wild Turtle Dive
Tobago Dive Experience (outlets in North & South), Manta Lodge, Speyside, Tobago and Arnos Vale Hotel, Plymouth, Tobago
Facts and Figures
- Official name: The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
- Location: 11 degrees north latitude and 60 degrees west longitude, or about 21 miles (34 km) from its sister island, Trinidad, and about 10 miles (16 km) from Venezuela.
- Size: 116 sq. miles (300 sq. km).
- Highest point: 1,890 feet (573 m).
- Tobago Capital: Scarborough (with a population of just over 1000).
- Population: about 1.3 million.
- Government: Trinidad and Tobago became a fully democratic republic state in 1976. Tobago is a semi- autonomous state governed by the Tobago House of Assembly, which was established since 1980. Local elections in Tobago take place every four years.
- Official Language: English. Locals in Tobago also use a Creole dialect, which is a mélange of patois and extracts from our Amerindian ancestors and early European inhabitants, especially the French and Dutch.
- People: About 90% of the local population is of African descent, with the remainder being made up of people of East Indian, Chinese and Syrian descent.
- Time zone: Atlantic Standard Time, or one hour ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time and four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.
- Climate: Tobago has a tropical marine climate with constant cool breezes from trade winds and year-round temperatures ranging from 73 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 32 degrees Celsius). The first six months of the year are the dry season; the second are the rainier periods of the year.
- Water temperature: Summer’s high is 82 F (28 C), winter’s lows are 78 F (26 C) in January and February.
- Airport: Crown Point International Airport (Tobago); Piarco International Airport (Trinidad)
- Getting Here: Caribbean Airlines provides an hourly 20-minute shuttle to Tobago from Trinidad each day. Trinidad is served from North American gateways by most major airlines. There is also a very modern catamaran fast ferry that transports passengers as well as vehicles between Trinidad and Tobago. Operated by the Port Authority of Trinidad & Tobago, this is an easy 2 ½-hour cruise, complete with restaurant and bar facilities.
- Entry requirements: All visitors must have valid passports for the full length of their stay. Visas are not needed by Americans.
- Transportation: Rental cars, taxis and minibuses are all available; remember to drive on the left side of the road.
- Money: Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TT$); the exchange rate is about TT$6.30 to the U.S. dollar (as of August 2015). Major credit cards are generally accepted.
- Time Zone: Eastern Standard. Daylight-saving not observed.
- Accommodations: Full service hotels, Bed-and-breakfast, guesthouses, villas, condos
- Recompression Chamber: At Roxborough Hyperbaric Facility, Roxborough, Tobago. In Port of Spain, Hyperbaric Treatment Centre: www.oxygenhealingtt.com
- Departure Tax: $32 – included in the cost of airline ticket
- Dress: Cool and casual in the day. Reserve swimwear for the beach and pool. Cover up for business, shopping and dinner.
- Electricity: 110v/220v. European visitors are required to use an adaptor when using electrical appliances.
- For more information:
Tobago House of Assembly – Division of Tourism & Transportation: www.visittobago.gov.tt
The Tourism Development, Company Ltd.: www.gotrinidadandtobago.com
Association of Tobago Dive Operators (ATDO): www.tobagoscubadiving.com