Great Tobago and its sister island Little Tobago are located about six miles west of Jost Van Dyke. Rocky cliffs surround this island, which is also a National Park; here you will find the third largest population of seabirds in the whole Caribbean and the only nesting place for the incredibly beautiful frigate birds.
Blue feet boobies, brown pelicans, terns, long-tailed tropic birds, laughing gulls, these are some of the birds that will roam around the island and if they decide to go for a quick meal, you can spot them while snorkeling.
You can go snorkeling around in the island in over 15 diving sites, all filled with colorful fish like blue stripe or French grunt. Corals cover most of the rocks and if you explore deeper waters you will encounter black corals.
If you are an experienced diver, Mercurious Rock has an incredible cave system with numerous fish and marine wildlife.
Both Great Tobago and Little Tobago have a ‘no-anchor policy’ so you’re not allowed to go ashore but you can dive and snorkel around the island. This rule might seem restricting but it was instated for two reasons. First, to protect the native wildlife which you can admire only if you sign up for a BVI EcoTour. Second, because you won’t find a single sand patch around the island and any anchor would damage the coral reefs that surround it.
Great Tobago, the 210 acres land of birds and corals, is one of the most untainted islands and manages to impress all of its visitors.
Photos by Armando Jenik