We were picked up at the hotel at 8:30AM, 15 minutes before stated time. The driver waited patiently while we finished up breakfast and fetched our gear. We were driven for about 10 minutes to a landing site in a mangrove wetland where we were transferred to a small motorboat that carried us out to the larger boat, a motordriven catamaran with two decks. Several other passengers, about 10 and mainly brittish were brought onboard.
The captain, Ellis, who also runs the company gave us a brief introduction on what was planned during the day, and then started the trip north. The catamaran is very scarcely decorated, but it serves its purpose well. The company crew brought onboard a music system as well as food and included drinks for the passengers. Drinks ranged from soft drinks to beer and carribean punch. There was no charge for drinking any of this, you just asked one of the crew for it.
The first stop was at Englishmans Bay. This is a bay on the north western part of the island, that has a charming little reef, well suited for snorkeling. The ones that did not bring their own snorkeling gear could borrow from the company without extra charge. Some passengers stayed on the ship, catching some sun or a drink.
The next stop was at Cotton Bay, a bay that is very hard to reach by land. The snorkeling here was also very nice. The crew had prepared barbecue that was served as lunch here. The quality of the food was normal for Tobago, which is good. The beach was fantastic, very exclusive.
On the way, we were lucky and spotted both a pack of dolphins and a large leatherback turtle. This however is supposedly not something that you can count on seeing.
An unscheduled extra stop was made at Emerald Cove, which is also a charming bay on the west coast of Tobago. Some of us just swimmed around, others snorkeled.
The trip ended with some wading in the waters of Nylon Pool which is a beautiful place with dephts staying within 3 feet. The pool is quite large, more than 100 meters across.
When we arrived back at the shore, the same driver that had picked us up at the hotel drove us back there.
Now, this is not a very exclusive trip when it comes to the standard of the ship or the food, but you are sorely misstaken if you prioritize these matters before the nature experiences offered. Seeing Tobago from the sea is absolutely stunning. The snorkeling is amazing. The crew is very friendly and service minded. For the price requested (510 TT dollars) you get a six hour experience that will be memorable.
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