Trinidad is the largest of the islands that complete the nation of Trinidad and Tobago. As the southernmost island in the Caribbean, it lies just 7 miles off the north-eastern coast of Venezuela. Tobago is close-by in the north-east and Grenada in the north-west. Manufacturing and energy have contributed to Trinidad's reputation as an oil-rich country with a stable economy.
Trinidad has two seasons in the year – the rainy season from July-November and the dry season from December-June. Trinidad is outside of the hurricane belt, making the island a safe-haven for many sailors and cruisers during the summer months.
On Trinidad, the major landforms include the hills of the Dinah ranges; the Caroni, Nariva and Oropouche swamps, and the Caroni and Naparima plains. Major river systems include the Caroni, North and South Oropouche and Ortoire Rivers. Activities include hiking in the rain forests, exploring waterfalls and cave systems, cycling, turtle watching and kayaking.
The rainforest on Trinidad has an extensive range of hiking trails - the Northern Mountain Range boasts waterfalls, rivers and limestone caves. On the island of Gaspar Grande, the Gasparee Caves are home to stalactites and flow stones inside a network of caverns. The terrain in Trinidad is also good for cross-country or paved road cycling; mountain bikers will enjoy the challenging forest trails. Chaguaramas, on the western peninsula, is popular for kayaking with the option to experience the thrill of ziplining above the stunning Macqueripe Bay.
Trinidad ranks as one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the Caribbean. The island has more than 450 bird species, 620 types of butterfly, 108 mammals, 55 reptiles, and 25 amphibians, as well as a range of unique native plant species. Trinidad's north-east coast is home to five species of turtle nesting sites. From March-August, visitors can watch leatherback, loggerhead, green, hawksbill and olive ridley turtles laying eggs.
Not to miss out on: Trinidad's colourful carnival celebrations are world-renowned! Visitors will marvel at the masquerade bands, spectacular costumes and dancing stamina of the festival goers. The music reflects the local culture and surrounding Caribbean islands, with influences from further afield too.
Trinidad does not have the same underwater highlights that its sister island, Tobago, has to offer. Trinidad experiences poor visibility due to the sedimentary currents flowing from the Orinoco Delta. There are options for scuba diving in the Chaguaramas region with around 20 diveable sites. Some of the dive sites of the north west peninsular are: La Tinta, the Wreck of the Angostura, and Doctor’s Reef off Chacachacare.
Very cool vibe at the shop and Sean is one of the most experienced divers on the planet. Perhaps maybe because we were there in off season we didn't get a chance to see anything spectacular but had a great time exploring Tobago and the pretty dive sites around there. The night dive is really cool as well as a little cave dive we did.
Trinidad does not have the same underwater highlights that its sister island, Tobago, has to offer. Trinidad experiences poor visibility due to the sedimentary currents flowing from the Orinoco Del...
Tobago's marine diversity transcends what many other Caribbean islands have to offer. Some of the most distinctive Caribbean fish and creatures exist here. As a dive vacation destination, what Tobago lacks in finesse, it makes up for in natural beauty.