The Natural History Highlights of Trinidad and Tobago

# Tailor-Made Tour

The Natural History Highlights of Trinidad and Tobago

12 Days from £3,119 per adult.
12 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Beach
Snorkelling and Diving

This gentle paced natural history itinerary combines the top wildlife attractions of the two contrasting islands of Trinidad and Tobago which together make one nation. The tour provides a varied mix of extraordinary rainforest bird life, nesting leatherback turtles and colourful coral reefs teeming with marine life. This is one of our favourite natural history itineraries, perfect for those seeking a holiday in the southern Caribbean which involves significant wildlife elements as well as comfort and beach relaxation.

Itinerary

Price from £3,119 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK (Wednesday or Friday)

Depart the UK and fly to Port of Spain, Trinidad. Met on arrival and transfer to Asa Wright Nature Centre. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the plethora of bird species found in the vicinity of the lodge. Over 400 species of birds, 108 mammals, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians and more than 600 butterflies have been recorded in the area near to the lodge. The famous verandah at Asa Wright overlooks many hummingbird and fruit feeders which are great for bird photography or just observation.

Staying at Asa Wright Nature Centre. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Asa Wright Nature Centre

Morning guided birdwatching excursions around the lodge to look for the diverse range of birds found in the nearby forest. In the afternoon enjoy a special guided visit to Dunston Cave to see the resident colony of fascinating, bat-like oilbirds (the world’s only nocturnal fruit eating birds) which roost in the cave during the day.

Staying at Asa Wright Nature Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Asa Wright Nature Centre

Morning at leisure to enjoy the birds and agoutis from the verandah or explore the trails independently. In the afternoon visit Caroni swamp, an excellent example of a mangrove ecosystem. Many wetland birds can be seen here but the main event is the sight of hundreds of bright red scarlet ibis returning to their communal roost in the evening. With luck, the tiny silky anteater and impressive Cook’s tree boa can be spotted on boat trips through the mangroves.

Staying at Asa Wright Nature Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Grande Riviere

Early pick up from the centre and transfer to Grande Riviere, on Trinidad’s wild northern coastline. During the nesting months of March to September, dozens of leatherback turtles come ashore each night to lay their eggs on the wild sandy beach here. Rest of the day at leisure. Optional guided excursion to watch nesting turtles in the evening.

Staying at Acajou Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Grande Riviere

An (optional) early morning excursion to see late arriving nesting turtles. Grand Riviere is an internationally important area for nesting leatherback turtles sometimes recording over a hundred in one night. Full day at leisure with OPTIONAL activities available. There are many nature trails to explore and excellent birding with the endemic Trinidad piping guan the local speciality.

Staying at Acajou Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Grande Riviere

Another full day at leisure with OPTIONAL activities available.

Staying at Acajou Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Trinidad

Today transfer back to Port of Spain and fly to Tobago. Met on arrival and transfer to Blue Waters Inn. The hotel is nestled in the quiet north-eastern end of the island with a beautiful sandy beach to relax on and 46 acres of wildlife-filled tropical gardens to explore. Little Tobago, the island’s largest bird sanctuary, is only a few minutes away by boat and half an hour away is St Giles Island, the southern Caribbean’s largest seabird colony. Rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Blue Waters Inn. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Blue Waters Inn

Full day at leisure with OPTIONAL activities available, including snorkelling or scuba diving on the nearby reef, birdwatching on Little Tobago or St Giles Island or at the Main Ridge Forest Reserve. Birds are plentiful around the hotel including the iconic Trinidad mot mot.

Staying at Blue Waters Inn. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Blue Waters Inn

Full day at leisure with OPTIONAL activities available.

Staying at Blue Waters Inn. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Blue Waters Inn

Another full day at leisure with OPTIONAL activities available.

Staying at Blue Waters Inn. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Trinidad

Morning at leisure with OPTIONAL activities available. After lunch transfer back to Crown Point airport and fly to Port of Spain. Connect with onward flight back to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 12 - Morning arrival in London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Caribbean Airlines flies 3 times a week from London Gatwick to Port of Spain.

Area Specialist

Wake early at Grande Riviere for a chance to see late nesting turtles returning to sea in daylight, much better for photography.

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Route Map

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Asa Wright Nature Centre: 10.717817, -61.298272
Acajou Hotel : 10.827520, -61.048773
Blue Waters Inn: 11.307028, -60.528751