The Island of Tobago: A photo summary of what I call “Paradise”.
The island of Tobago is the smaller of the two main islands that makes up the republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Also called the sister isle of Trinidad, Tobago enjoys a warm tropical climate with average day time temperatue reaching to 29 Degrees Celsius (83 F). Located in the southern Caribbean, northeast of the island of Trinidad and southeast of Grenada. The land area is 300 km sq. (40km long and 10km wide) – sounds nice to the ears but many roads are bendy with steep narrow turns and can take time to drive through.
Our visit to Tobago happened in the start of October 2014. I spent 10 days and certainly would say it was heaven. A great getaway from the life here in the UK with so much to see and do in the island to which I call “Paradise”.
We stayed at the lowlands area where the beautiful Tobago Plantations & Estate is located. This area in the past was a plantation producing sugar, cotton and indigo during the british colonial rule – now the place has luxury villas which are of colonial style architecture creating a unique luxury and tropical ambience.
Our Luxury Accommodation: Villa Romayne
As the plantation was no more under colonial or industrial estate plantation – many villas are now accommodation lets for tourists and Villa Romayne was certainly outstanding. It had beautiful architecture with ocean facing (Atlantic Ocean) with its swimming pool and jacuzzi all angling towards the waters. The sunrise and sunset can all be witnessed from your rooms, from the pool and just sitting in the lounge / patio area. The natural noise of the sea waves can be heard which gives a relaxing feeling to anyone visiting Villa Romayne.
Our base was Villa Romayne and we saw the whole island from the buccoo coral reef to the nylon pool, Tobago’s main ridge forest reserve, the Argyll waterfalls, little Tobago and the amazing Tobago cocoa estate. Tobago is truly paradise.
Tobago a natural ecotourism paradise: A biodiversity Hotspot
Tobago’s nature reserve was established in 1764 making it as one of the most well protected rainforest in the world. Tobago’s rainforest are one of the most diverse as this ecosystem holds some amazing numbers of plant and animal species. The Tobago Forest reserve (Main Ridge reserve) is said to be the oldest protected forest in the western world.
Tobago hosts over 200 bird species in the Island. One of which we saw regularly from our villa was the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentals) in flight foraging to snap up its prey at lowlands. This species of bird nests in colonies, often on islands and in areas of mangroves. This Pelican species is one of the three pelican species that are found in the western hemisphere & one of the two pelican species which feeds by diving in water. Similar like the Kingfisher bird species.
The island of Little Tobago which you see in a distance is about 1square km of area and can we reached from the town of Speyside. Little Tobago hosts mainly of dry forest cover – which acts as great breeding sites for seabirds such as Red-billed Tropicbird, Bridled Terns, Brown Noddy, Brown Booby and Audubon’s Sherwater to name a few. In 1909 Sir William Ingram introduced the Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) to the island in an attempt to save the species from overhunting in it’s native New Guinea. Around 45 juvenile species were introduced to the island of Little Tobago but Hurricane Flora of 1963 hit the island and population is now said to be extinct. With this hurricane, it damaged most of everything including various plantations in Tobago.
Chocolate that grows in the Rainforest: The Tobago Cocoa Estate
On the ridge of the Tobago Cocoa Estate overlooking the rainforest cover. A gazebo for visitors to view the area and a local (ghu-ghu) tree or also called the mother-in-law tree / legends says that it’s known for that name because the fruit is very prickly.
Blue waters with stunning beaches: A swimmer’s “Paradise”
Tobago’s main economy is based on tourism and fishing. The tourism industry is still at it’s early stages but there is so much of potential. With stunning beaches, environmental problems have occurred with recent damages to its coral reefs especially with construction of roads (silt and mud) along the northeast coast line. With all this damaging problems – Tobago’s beaches act as nesting sites for the leatherback Turtle, which comes to shore between the months of April and July.
Tobago is very popular with it’s diving locations as its the southern most caribbean island with all its remaining coral diversity. It has some of the best diving sites in the Caribbean islands.
On the Glass Bottom Boat reaching the Nylon Pool (where sea water is just about 5ft in depth and great place to swim in the ocean).
Tobago was a great getaway with so much to offer. I will surely be visiting this magnificent Caribbean marvel in the coming future …….
This post was taken from www.abhishekbehl.net under the category Traveling with MS.