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“Snorkel to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Buccoo Reef

Buccoo Reef
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Tobago Buccoo Reef Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Highlights
Ranked #14 of 98 things to do in Tobago
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Owner description: This 10-acre coral reef and the tropical fish that inhabit it have long been popular among tourists, but have suffered in recent years from the many visitors.
Romsey, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Snorkel to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

The reef is all it is cracked up to be. Such a shame if you are unable to snorkel because the marine life - coral and the fish are beautiful beyond belief. The colours are fantastic. You can wear a life vest and hold on to a rope if need be. I must have been the oldest by years. Getting back on board was a tad of a stretch for this old guy - but hey I wouldn't have missed this for the world. Brilliant

Visited May 2014
1 Thank BlueCraig
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Frankfurt, Germany
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66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Go from Buccoo village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

After having seen the herds of boast with live music and packed with people which come from Store Bay and Pigeon point I can only advise you: go to Buccoo village, 11.30 am. There is only one glassbottom boat from Christopher, for 20 Dollars a full two hours tour. Christopher has a lot of knowledge and takes you to the places where the other boats are not, to avoid crowding. Snorkeling is fantastic, as is the Nylon Pool. The whole Bay is a natural beauty with hundreds of Pelicans. Perfect day.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank stefandreas
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Port of Spain, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A "Toutally " (totally)Disastrous Journey with Island Vibes and Frankie Tours.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

In March 2014, a group of four family members and one friend visited Tobago. On Friday March 7, we ventured off to Store bay to access a boat to take us to Buccoo a Reef and Nylon Pool. Unaware of the official booth manned by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Authority, we headed to one of the many touts deceptively plying their trade. One of the men who solicited us informed us that his captain would take us to five stops and we would be provided with rum punch and snacks and would be taken to five stops for $100.00. So we decided to accept his offer and made our way to the boat ISLAND VIBES.
As we approached the boat we realized we were heading towards the worst looking boat in the water. Nearing the boat we noticed that together with the name Island Vibes the web site, www. frankietours.com was painted on the side of the boat. Frankie tours was also painted to the front of the boat.From the onset the captain said he knew nothing about the five stops but he did reiterate that we would be refreshed with rum punch and snacks. He then went upstairs to steer the boat. It was quite apparent that one of the engines was malfunctioning as the assistant had the engine cover off and was continuously tugging at the pull cord, as he splattered water on our party and others nearby. Throughout the trip, the smell of fuel unhealthily permeated the boat as it simultaneously polluted the air. Another source of un healthiness was the bathroom, the door of which was slightly ajar allowing a stench to intermittently greet our noses.
After looking at the fish and corrals through the glass bottom, we moved along to the area for snorkeling. My party did not participate as there was nothing sanitary looking about the snorkels nor was there any method of sanitation between usage.
We soon arrived at Nylon Pool where we were informed that we could not stay as long as expected since we overstayed doing the snorkeling. We were aware that we had left for our trip later than expected as the tout kept sending more and more people to the boat.
It was about near 2:pm when we began our return journey, and since his next trip from Store Bay was scheduled for 2 p.m, our intuitive captain took a short cut and grounded the boat. He finally got the boat started and after myriad efforts "un grounded" the boat and thankfully we were back in Store Bay, parched throat and all as the promise of drinks and snacks never materialized.
Paying $100.00 for a vessel, as I am not sure I can class that as a boat, that sputtered all the way to and from our destination was a debacle.
I must say the moral of this convoluted saga is "Beware of wolves (touts) in Sheep's clothing." Visitors ensure that you do what we should have done and that is ho directly to the Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Authority Booth, but then maybe if the booth was more central and not positioned in the direction of the wash area, visitors will gravitate to it more readily.
I do believe that tour companies such as Frankie Tours must endure that any boat they hire do meet the expectations of their company, if there are any. Additionally the Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Authority has a responsibility to ensure that these tour companies such as Frankie's are transparent and accountable. The Authority also needs to "Detout" these fiends if they wish to make Tobago the Tourist Haven it should be.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank Dawn S
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great snorkeling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

Stopped here for some time to snorkel during a day out with Alibaba. Lots of things to see and for the first time ever we saw a family of cuttle fish all floating around together which was enchanting. The big ones were in a group and it was like the youngsters were all in a nursery!

Lots of other fish but no luck seeing turtles this time. Water so warm could have stayed in for hours and beware as we are experienced snorkelers and we still got sunburnt. Need to wear a tee shirt or rash vest and also protect tops of legs.

will hope to return when we next visit Tobago. Certainly worth a visit.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank debw23
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Lot et Garonne
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119 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Sunday school”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

Check out Sunday evenings at Buccoo Reef. Great street food, party atmosphere, limbo dancers, steel pan and socca music, till late. Don't take valuables and a lot of cash but otherwise safe and great fun.

Visited February 2014
Thank Laraine B
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