Tobago Cays, an archipelago located in the Southern Grenadines of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which is made up of five small islands was rated as having some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. The cays – Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby – are all great for snorkeling. You must check out Horseshoe Reef, a coral reef that protects these five deserted islets, with their dazzling, palm-studded shorelines. The brilliant powdery, white sand, the pristine blue waters and the amazing marine life beneath give true meaning to true relaxation. The Cays are so precious the they have been declared a wildlife reserve.
Petit Rameau features a beach on the south side of the cays, as does Barabel, which lies southeast of Petit Rameau. Petit Bateau provides visitors a shaded beach to the north and another beach on its east side.This easterly beach is the best choice for beginning snorkellers as it has calm shallow water.More experienced snorkellers will be delighted by the waters surrounding Horseshoe Reef, but may find it occasionally choppy. When approaching these islands, well aided by black and white day markers, be careful not to cut comers as you may end up on a coral head.Anchor in the cut between Petit Ramea.
The smallest and southernmost cay, Jamesby, features on its eastern side one of the best beaches of the group. Petit Tabac is the most inaccessible with a narrow entrance at the southwestern tip.This crescent shaped islet is covered in coconut trees planted by the late John Caldwell (a.k.a. John Coconut) formerly of Palm Island and his efforts have been continued by Glenroy Adams of Grenadines Dive, a devoted conservationist and a good choice for scuba diving in the area.
Check out these amazing must-see attractions at Tobago Cays
- Catholic Rock Bird Sanctuary: Sea bird nesting and roosting colonies (Observe from a boat using a binoculars/telescope)
- Purunia Wreck: Wreck of a 140 foot WWI British gunship which sunk in 1918 just off the western coast of Mayreau (SCUBA)
- Mayreau Gardens: Excellent Coral Reef site with lots of fish and colourful sponges (SCUBA)
- Horse Shoe Reef: Excellent Coral Reef site with an abundance of fish and coral (inshore side snorkelers; ocean side SCUBA)
- Baradal Turtle Sanctuary: Protected area where green and hawksbill turtles can be observed foraging freely (Snorkel)
- Petit Tabac: Isolated beach perfect for a private picnic and the location where the desert island scene in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” was filmed.
- Petit Bateau, James Bay, Petit Rameau: boast hiking trails where you could observe our abundance of tropical flora and fauna including iguanas and birds. They also provide excellent panoramic views of the Grenadines.
Fun Facts on Tobago Cays
St Vincent and The Grenadines
No visa is required for this destination for a stay of up to 90 days.
Eastern Caribbean Dollar, US Dollar widely accepted
15 Square Miles
Diver’s Dream at Sail Rock, Tobago Cays
Scuba divers – you will love Tobago Cays as Diving within the horseshoe lagoon area offers shallow, easier dives with a variety of vibrant, healthy hard and soft corals. You may see nurse sharks and eagle rays, sting rays and more.
For experienced divers, Sail Rock provides you an interesting cave, colorful coral and a cool cannon to peruse.