Tobago Cays
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A collection of several uninhabited islands in the southern section of the Grenadines that offer some of the best beaches for swimming, tanning and snorkeling in the Caribbean.
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Hale F
Oxford, MS455 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
We sell there on a charter and were immediately approached by both boys assisting us with the Moring which we appreciate it and who provided lobster and fish dinners in the evenings. This is a very popular place with a lot of boats we moored near the island away from Fowlkes which had some of the better snorkeling. The snorkeling closer to the reef has a lot of seas and you have to be able to get in and out of a dinghy to enjoy it. We took in the dinner provided by the boat boys and it was good but not great with a lot of folks participating.
Written 11 January 2022
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J_travelB
Guelph, Canada1,360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
One of those amazing places on the planet. It is a Marine Park. The colour of the water is every shade of blue imaginable. Clear water, turtles and other ocean life everywhere, beautiful beaches. Accessible only by boat. Should be on everyone's bucket list. If you are lucky enough to get here, you'll never forget it.
Written 30 March 2024
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AllycatCanada
Halifax, Canada318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Such a great experience at Romeo’s. The food was delicious, so many sides and he even gave us an extra lobster portion. It was a very windy night so Romeo came over to get us off if our boat. We still got wet but better than the inflatable!
Written 6 February 2022
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fellowtraveler27
Brooklyn, NY224 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
After snorkeling at maybe 15 different locations over the years, the Grenadines and specifically Tobago Cays were top of my list to try next. Unfortunately, what I experienced was that the areas that are touted as top for snorkeling (and also near where boats can get access through the waters, which are extremely shallow) were clearly dying and have become completely over-visited - and note that this is after a year and a half of extremely low levels of visitors due to the pandemic (I went July 2021, low season).

The top snorkeling "path" (if you look at the detailed map of the Marine Park while planning your boating/visit you'll see where this is, and where the roped-off turtle area is, nearby) had some variety of fish and a reef that I would give maybe a B- rating to. Not a ton of diversity of sea life, but of course that can change week by week or even day by day due to water/wind/storm conditions. But the health of the coral definitely doesn't change month to month - I saw tons of dead and dying coral. Seeing huge areas of bleached "bones" is so sad, but I can see how it is happening. The Tobago Cays has gotten so popular and everyone goes to the same spots among the 5 main islands - hundreds of crafts visit every day during high season. There are even cruise ships that visit here, which you know means disaster for reefs, even if they are smaller boats.

The roped-off area for turtles and starfish viewing was really sad. The captain of my power boat was obsessed with finding turtles for me to see, because that's what his clients want. He powered right into the roped-off area, insisting it was legal (there was another powered dinghy in the area, to be fair, and I couldn't tell via my research if he was right or not). If it's legal, it shouldn't be. The area should obviously be only for snorkelers and swimmers, as it's small, very shallow, and turtles are very easy to scare and to damage/kill with power boats. We didn't see any, which made my captain almost frantic. I had to tell him to please move on and take me to a different, more remote area for me to snorkel and to not worry about turtles.

I understand that the experience of the absolutely stunning uninhabited 5 islands (though notably, one of them has food/drink, picnic tables, and people feeding the fish from the sand), eating lobster when it's in season and other fresh seafood, and getting to know other people on different boats brings people to the Cays, and thrills a lot of folks. But you can get all of that on every single one of the Grenadine islands. The idea of hanging out and eating lobster is not what a Marine Park should be about, and it's antithetical to a preserved reef area.

I can't recommend this area to my fellow sea lovers if you care about reef health. I'd recommend it only to those who will anchor far away from the reefs, enjoy the gorgeousness of the island views, and then leave. I can't comment on the diving, which I hope is better since fewer people dive, and deepwater reefs don't have to contend with the noxious sunblock of snorkelers and boats getting too close.

FWIW, I experienced better snorkeling off Friendship Bay on Bequia - I got to take tons of time because there was almost no current (the major snorkeling path in the Tobago Cays has a serious current which rushes you through the area and can lead you right over reefs that are at your stomach level, which can lead to serious injury to the reef and of course to you if you don't know what you're doing. The other snorkeling area I went to in the Cays was a bit better in terms of current but was still dying). There was quite a bit of sea life off of Friendship Bay and no one else in the water. Tons of urchin (one sign of reef health) and coral showing new life. There are many reefs like that ringing every Grenadine island and when I go again, I would go to other islands in the chain, where folks don't anchor close to the reef or have a lot of traffic (there are lots to choose from).

Please know what you're going to get if you got for snorkeling and getting away from it all. You can get all the fresh seafood / lobster you want at your base island, whether it's Mustique, Bequia, Canouan, Union, Palm, St. Vincent or wherever, and you can go see the gorrrrrrrrgeous uninhabited islands that abound in the Grenadines on your chosen craft. But as a Marine Park, this area needs time to heal and going there now perpetuates the obsession with hunting down turtles to look at them for 20 seconds while they try to get away from you - or perhaps even worse, while they try to eat human food.

I sound like such a horrible downer - the entire island chain is worth your visit! I did love Mayreau, for swimming and photography and sunbathing. Salt Whistle Cay there is absolutely stunning.

I hope that Tobago Cays will resist its reef decline and eventually be a sustainable place for sea life and all the people who make their life from boating around the Grenadines.
Written 2 August 2021
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Jane
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
I arrived in Tobago Cays with some friends on a charter. We wanted to have fresh lobster beach BBQ. We were recommended by some friends that we should look and ask for Free Willy! They said that he has the best beach BBQ in the Cays.

We managed to get him. HIS FOOD WAS AMAZING!!! His chef (Bets) did a fantastic job. Willy was so friendly, picked us up from our boat to the beach. His rum punch was also yummy!

I highly recommend you having a BBQ with him!

He is available on Facebook: Free Willy Tobago Cays
Written 27 January 2019
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rorykemp
Southampton, UK2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
We have just come back from a yacht charter where we visited Tobago cays! We had been there 4 years ago at the same time of year and had a wonderful time swimming with the turtles and seeing an abundance of them, as long as you went first thing in the morning. This year we only managed to see 2 and they were not even in the turtle area! Very disappoinging. Does anyone know what has happened/
Written 11 March 2017
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Henry M
Chula Vista, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
This was truly paradise. Snorkeling and swimming with turtles at the sanctuary was amazing. There is really no words to describe this place because you have to experience it for yourself.
Written 14 February 2020
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SimoneCanada
Edmonton, Canada151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We bareboated a 44 ft catamaran from St Vincent ( Dream Yachts ) and sailed to Bequia , Mystic , Mayreau , Tobago Cays , Union Island , Palm Island , Petit St Vincent and Canouan. We had thought the British Virgin Islands were nice but this trip was spectacular. Beautiful beaches , sand , fisherman offering fresh fish and lobster , good wind , friendly people. A trip of a lifetime . We were on the boat for 12 days
Written 2 June 2019
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Stein V
Roros, Norway8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
The best snorkling ever! Turtles , sea snakes, stingrays, billions of Caribbean colorful fish and NO shops , commercial stuff, just quiet , smashing scenery and the sand and corals .
Thanks to captain Raily from Baquai.
Written 22 April 2015
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Joanne B
Cambridge, MA19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
Sailed around the Grenadines from St. Lucia to Tobago keys starting January 4th on a 40' Moorings bare boat. Due to the "Christmas Winds" sailing from St. Lucia to St. Vincent was extremely rough and unpleasant. Rained on and off all day. Likewise from SVG to Mayreau and Keys and also on return trip. Dinner with Black Boy on Salt Whistle bay was highlight of the trip. Tobago keys were empty, but extremely windy and cool. Wait another month or two before trying this itinerary.
Written 24 May 2014
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