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Tobago Eco Tourism

Tobago has been hailed as a premiere eco-tourism destination not only in the Caribbean, but around the world.

This recognition has manifested itself through eco-excellence awards such as the "Home of the Best Eco-Destination in the World" from the World Travel Awards and "The #1 Eco-Destination in the Caribbean" by the Caribbean Travel Awards Committee.

Tobago is home to over 6000 species of plants and animals. This spectacular array of life includes one of the highest densities of bird species in the world; over 200 species on just 116 square miles of land.

Some of the best places to explore our wildlife are the Main Ridge Forest Reserve (the oldest forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere), Little Tobago Bird Sanctuary and in the many wetlands around the island.

Following are the available ecotourism sites on Tobago.

Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve, Arnos Vale

A 12-acre estate just off the Arnos Vale Road on the outskirts of the village of Plymouth. The farm is a birdwatcher’s paradise where birds are fed daily. The farm is also known for its butterflies and iguanas. Open weekdays 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Small admission fee.

You can totally immerse yourself in the experience by staying on site in the park's eco-villas.

Botanic Gardens

Ten acres of tropical trees and shrubs sloping down from the Claude Noel Highway to the downtown area. Entrances to the garden are located just off the Claude Noel Highway and from Gardenside Street.

Genesis Nature Park & Art Gallery

Located along the east coast, this miniature zoo is home to various local wildlife such as  monkeys, agouti, parrots, wild hogs and others. The art features historical and natural local exhibits, hand carved or painted. Open Monday – Saturday. Small fee. See the park through this video.

Grafton Caledonia Wildlife Sanctuary, Grafton

Once a cocoa estate, this bird sanctuary was devastated by a 1963 hurricane. The owner began feeding the wild birds whose forest habitat had been damaged. The Blue Crowned Motmots still come out of the forest at 4 in the afternoon to be fed by hand. Trails have been cleared into the forest for nature hikers.  Located near Black Rock village. No admission fee.

Little Tobago Island

This small offshore island located just off of the village of Speyside is one of the most important seabird sanctuaries of the Caribbean and it is protected by law. The tropic birds in this fragile ecosystem are spectacular from October to June. Tours can be arranged through tour companies or licensed local guides in the area.

Louis D’Or Nurseries

These nurseries house a wide range of flowering plants and scrubs, tropical fruit trees, etc. Located near Argyle Falls. Open daily.

Main Ridge Forest Reserve

The mountainous spine of Tobago supports the oldest forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere. Nature trails into this forest allow you to explore the diverse flora and fauna and discover waterfalls along the trails.

St. Giles Rocks
(seen from Flagstaff Hill)

In 1968, the proprietor of Charlotteville Estate presented a group of large rocks, also known as the “Melvills” to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the establishment of a wild-life sanctuary. The largest of these rocks, situated about  1/2 mile off the north-east coast, is the St. Giles Island.

This is one of the most important seabird breeding grounds in the south-west Caribbean. Some of the birds to be found there are Noddy Terns, Brown Boobies, Red-Footed Boobies, Red-Bill Tropic Birds, White Tropic Birds and Frigate Birds. Several other species of seabirds feed and nest on the island.

Turtle Watching

Tobago is an important nesting ground for the leatherback turtle, the largest species of marine turtles. Leatherback nesting season is March to August with turtles laying their eggs at Turtle Beach, Back Bay and Grafton Beach. Since leatherbacks are an endangered species, turtle-watching tours must be undertaken with a certified tour guide.

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