Trinidad and Tobago offers activities for all ages above and under the water
This summer, Trinidad and Tobago is inviting families to trade their blazers for bathing suits and make a splash in the dual-island nation's Caribbean waters. From surf lessons and standup paddle board tours to world class diving and offshore fishing, Trinidad and Tobago invites travelers of all ages to welcome summer with warm weather and cool water.
Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most desirable surf destinations in the Caribbean with 10 top class and three world-class surf breaks for both the novice and avid wave-rider alike. The team at Trinidad and Tobago Surf Experience pride themselves in offering top-notch surf experiences for all ages, regardless of experience level. In fact, none of their first time students have ever failed to stand up in their first surf session! Visitors can choose from a range of surf courses ideal for children, adults and families, or enjoy a private lesson on the water. For more information, visit trinidadandtobagosurfexp.com.
Those who prefer wind or kitesurfing can visit Radical Water Sports, Tobago's only professional windsurf and water sports center. The center is the perfect pit-stop for beginners and advanced surfers alike as it is located on the northern tip of the world-famous Pigeon Point Heritage Park which is protected by the Buccoo Reef, making it ideal for all levels of windsurfers. One side the beach faces the Nylon Pool lagoon where beginners can learn their techniques, while less than 100 yards away the beach on the leeward side is sheltered and unaffected by wind, making it excellent for swimming and sunbathing and an ideal location for those with non-windsurfers in the family. For more information, visit radicalsportstobago.com.
Also in Pigeon Point Park, visitors can learn to paddleboard with Stand Up Paddle Tobago. Skilled instructors offer personalized instruction to teach novices, no matter how young or short, all the basic skills, including board balance and paddle technique. After learning the basics, boarders head out to Buccoo Reef, one of the world's most famous reefs and one of explorer Jacques Cousteau's favorite sites. More advanced paddleboarders can choose from a menu of paddle tours, including the Bioluminescence Tour, where boarders are led through the Bon Accord Lagoon, famous for its glowing plankton, at night or the Bloody Bay Adventure tour showcasing some of the natural hidden gems of Tobago, including a secret beach and waterfall, a perfect family teambuilding experience. For more information, visit standuppaddletobago.com.
Undersea Tobago, located in Crown Point, offers scuba experiences for the entire family, with special dive experiences created just for kids. Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youths (SASY) allows children ages six and seven to see the underwater world in an easy and safe way. The PADI bubble maker program was developed for children ages eight and nine and allows kids to jump into the water and have fun making bubbles of their own. Kids ages 10 and older can master their underwater skills and join mom and dad with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program or PADI Open Water Diver course.
Blue Waters Inn in Tobago is surrounded by some of the most phenomenal diving in the region. The onsite PADI Gold Palm facility has instructors that can guide divers beneath the blue horizon to some fascinating underwater sites. Whether a beginner or more advanced, Blue Waters has something for everyone. The inn also offers deep sea fishing charters, kayaking and waterfall tours as well. For more information, visit bluewatersinn.com.
Just off the coast of Tobago lies some of the best offshore and game fishing in the Caribbean. The main offshore fishing season lasts from October to June when fish are migrating south for winter, but anglers can catch all kinds of fish year-round, including blue marlin, white marlin, swordfish, wahoo, tuna, barracuda, mahi-mahi and shark. Families can charter a boat for a half day or full day and even enjoy their fresh catches for dinner as some charters feature hook-n-cook options. For more information, visit Dillons Fishing Charter at tobagogamefishing.com and Hardplay Fishing Charters at hardplay.net .
Beyond activities, visitors wishing to do nothing but relax can enjoy the water from above and be pampered on the 'Island Girl' catamaran. Families can customize a day trip to be as exciting or relaxing as they want. Feel weightless while sunbathing in the nets at the boat's bow, snorkel the crystal clear waters of secret bays and enjoy a delicious, authentic lunch and open bar with signature cocktails all while sailing around the beautiful island of Tobago. For more information, visit sailtobago.com.
For more information on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago or to book, visit www.goTrinidadandTobago.com.