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About Tobago

Tobago is one of the real Robinson Crusoe islands. There is not much of it - just 26 miles by nine - but around every corner, and it seems like at every turn, you find your jaw dropping open at the sheer beauty of another scene.

Sometimes it is a waterfall falling from a volcanic hill, and then it will be a long, white, sandy beach with the translucent waters reflecting a coral reef below. Even the names are evocative - Pigeon Point (acknowledged as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean), Man OWar Bay and Bloody Bay. The capital and cruise port Scarborough is laid-back even by Caribbean standards and a great place for a quiet drink and to watch the world stroll by.

And, although there is plenty to see inland - from rainforests to bird sanctuaries - most visitors just put on their swim-gear and head for the beach.  And who can blame them?

 

Shore excursions in Tobago

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Argyle Waterfalls

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a wonderful opportunity to discover the beauty of the Argyle Falls, one of Tobago’s most majestic.

Enjoy a scenic drive along Tobago’s windward coast passing Fort King George, Barbados Bay and Richmond Great House. Upon arrival at Roxborough, your tour will continue on foot along the Argyle Waterfalls Trail, which enters the oldest forest reserve in the western hemisphere.

The walk will be led by a local naturalist guide, who will take you on a walk through the lush forest, pointing out interesting vegetation and wildlife along the way.

Arriving at the three-tiered Argyle Waterfalls, you’ll be mesmerised by the cool waters plunging down vertical rocks into an inviting pool. There will be time to take a dip in the natural pools and enjoy the tranquillity of these beautiful surroundings before the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. A water or fruit juice will be provided after the walk. This tour involves approximately 1 hours’ walking over rough and uneven surfaces, some of which may become slippery when wet. Enclosed, flat, non-slip walking shoes are mandatory. Please remember sunscreen, and for those wishing to swim, your swimwear and a towel. Following prevailing weather conditions, the water at the waterfall may not be suitable for swimming.

Cocoa Discovery and Fort King George

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the history and stages of cocoa production at the Tobago Cocoa Estate, before visiting Fort King George and the Tobago Museum.

Setting off from the port, you’ll take a drive along the windward coastline, passing through small villages such as Bacolet, St George and Pembroke, before entering the area of the Tobago Cocoa Estate, located in the oldest forest reserve in the western hemisphere.

Upon arrival, the history of the island’s cocoa industry will be explained, before taking an interesting guided walk of the Estate. Discover the varying stages of production and visit the mud oven and the Cocoa House, where the cocoa is dried. You may also have the opportunity to taste a cocoa bean and sample a cocoa tea or a piece of award winning chocolate. After your interesting visit, there will be time to browse the small shop, which sells cocoa balls, t-shirts, hats and handbags.

Afterwards, head to Fort King George. Recently refurbished to return it to its old colonial stature, Fort King George stands as a resilient monument of Tobago’s turbulent military past. It is also home to the Tobago Museum which showcases exhibits Amerindian artefacts, military relics, shells and documents from the colonial period.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour, some of which is over uneven and rough terrain. There are also around 35 steep steps to negotiate. The Cocoa Estate and fort are not wheelchair accessible. US dollars or local currency are required for purchases. Credit cards are not accepted.

Pigeon Point Beach Break

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

Relax in the sun and enjoy the inviting waters of Tobago on one of its finest beaches.

Your day begins with a drive along the Claude Noel Highway, heading for the beautiful Pigeon Point Beach Resort. Picture a small peninsula with tall, swaying coconut trees and palm-thatched huts on a beach that slopes gently down to the clear blue waters; this is Pigeon Point. The resort is set in idyllic surroundings and features a restaurant, bar and individual huts, along a stunning beachfront.

Upon arrival, the time is yours to spend as you please. Relax in the sun, swim in the cooling waters or enjoy the bar and restaurant facilities, where you can purchase drinks or sample the local cuisine.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. The transport can accommodate 1 collapsible wheelchair. Passengers are reminded to take swimwear, a towel and sunscreen. There are limited sun-beds available to hire, payable locally and subject to availability; please carry local currency or US dollars. Toilet facilities are available. The beach is public and therefore can become busy.

Tobago Fun Cruise

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 5 hours

Explore Tobago’s unspoiled above and underwater world, during a fun-packed cruise with swimming and snorkelling stops, as well as a BBQ lunch.

After a short transfer by coach and small boat, you’ll board your catamaran for your cruise up Tobago’s sheltered leeward coast to Buccoo Reef, home to a colourful underwater life. During your stop, try your hand at a spot of snorkelling, admiring all sorts of corals, sponges and sea fans. Look out for barracuda, moray eels, turtles, and a whole lot more of brightly-coloured fishy beauty.

Afterwards, enjoy a refreshing dip in the Nylon Pool, before heading to the pristine white coral beach of No Man’s Land. Relax on the white sands or take a dip in the aquamarine waters. During your beach stop, a delicious BBQ lunch will be served on board the boat, accompanied by the sounds of calypso music.

During the return sail, ensure you keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and flying fish.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, small boat, catamaran and on foot. Children under 5 may not participate. There are steps to negotiate to enter the small boats, and stairs leading to the upper deck of the catamaran. Participants must be competent swimmers. Please wear swimwear and sunscreen, and take a towel. You may be required to remove shoes whilst on board the catamaran. The snorkelling location is subject to favourable conditions. Snorkel equipment is provided. The sighting of marine life is not guaranteed. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Tobago Highlights and Folklore

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Take in the highlights of Tobago and its scenic vistas,then enjoy a local folkloric show depicting island life.

Enjoy a drive to Scarborough, nestled at the foot of the surrounding hills, and venture up to Fort King George. As well as being one of the island’s major historical sites, the Fort offers magnificent views over the east of the island and, on clear days, across to Trinidad.

You’ll continue to Plymouth and on to Fort James, which affords wonderful views over Great Courland Bay and is home to the tomb of Betty Stiven, dated 1783. The Mysterious Tombstone inscription defies interpretation and local legend has it that it was a riddle giving the location of pirate treasure. During the stop, take a look at the inscription and see if you can solve the mystery.

Afterwards, you’ll head along the Caribbean coast through Mount Irvine Bay Resort via the highway. You’ll enjoy a brief photo stop at the popular tourist resort of Store Bay, before arriving at the Canaan Accord Community Centre. Here, you’ll be welcomed with a refreshing fruit juice or rum punch, before enjoying an entertaining local folkloric show. This colourful production brings alive the local life and cultures of Tobago.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. The transport can accommodate 1 collapsible wheelchair. Any walking is at passengers’ own discretion. At some stops there may be some uneven terrain.

 

A selection of cruises to Tobago

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