Wildlife in Tobago

A Tropical Paradise Rich In Wildlife

Tobago’s swamps, tropical rainforests, savannas and wetlands are rich in wildlife. Thanks to its close proximity to South America, Tobago has a richer plant and animal life than the rest of the Caribbean. To, and is home to around 460 types of birds, including the Amazon parrot, the scarlet ibis and many species of hummingbird. There are also 108 species of mammals, including the crab eating raccoon, wild hogs, the ocelot (a wild cat), the endangered green loggerhead turtles, leatherback turtles, hawksbill turtles and red howler monkeys.

Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve

Whether you want to go bird watching or hiking, Tobago Forest Reserve is the place to go. The forest extends over the central mountain range of Tobago and is home to over 200 bird species and numerous marked trails for self-guided or guided hikes. See panoramic views of Bloody Bay and the Sisters Rock outcrop, as well as the stunning, three-tiered Argyle Falls. 

Sea Turtles

Tobago welcomes hundreds of endangered leatherback sea turtles each season, as these gentle giants nest along the Caribbean shores. The best place to spot these majestic creatures is Courland Bay (known as Turtle Beach), Grafton Beach and Mt Irvine Back Bay between May and September, with nesting season peaking in April and June. Guided tours are available in Tobago where you'll be escorted to key sighting spots to catch a glimpse of the turtles dragging themselves to shore and laying their eggs. 

Underwater World

Away from dry land, Tobago boasts a stunning underwater world that's teeming with rays, turtles, tropical fish and kaleidoscopic corals. Whether you're a first-time snorkeller or an experienced scuba diver, Tobago's marine life is sure to impress and leave you only with fantastic memories. Most of Tobago's waters are shallow, with the average depth reaching just 60ft. Nevertheless, you're guaranteed some fantastic conditions to see a colourful world beneath the surface like no other.