On Tobago, blue-crowned mot-mots are always on view, among other spectaculars, at Grafton Wildlife Sanctuary, which stages impressive evening bird feedings, as do several local inns. Spectacled caymans haul out at Hillsborough Dam. Red-billed tropic birds nest on north-facing cliffs of Little Tobago, just east. Tobago Forest Reserve is oldest protected rain forest in the world, with 123 butterfly species—including spectacular blue emperors—and 210 birds, including seasonal migrants such as plumbeous kites. Giant leatherback turtles, world’s largest—up to 7.5 feet (2.3 m) long, weighing 1,200 pounds (540 kg)—nest along the north shore.

Snorkeling and diving (with giant manta rays!) are superb (dive lessons available) but glass-bottomed boats also visit reefs. Sunsets are unsurpassed anywhere. Peak times are January– March—but other times can be equally good and less costly. Sea turtles and seabirds nest in June. Lectures and field trips are led by the Trinidad and Tobago Naturalist’s Club, Box 642, Port of Spain. Helpful trail and other guides are available from Asa Wright Center.

Port of Spain is served by international jet, with connecting flights to Tobago. Both islands.

TOBAGO as well as...

Grafton Wildlife Sanctuary

Hillsborough Dam

Little Tobago

Tobago Forest Reserve

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