An archipelago of the Southern Grenadines, the Tobago Cays are five uninhabited islands surrounded by Horseshoe Reef. Also known as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Southern Grenadines, the Tobago Cays are said that is of the most magnificent anchoring spots in the Eastern Caribbean. The islands, though uninhabited, provide significant economic, cultural, social, and environmental value to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
A national park, the Tobago Cays is the ideal spot to set up ship and go for a dive. Many tourists enjoy snorkeling and turtle-watching, while others may enjoy a number of other water sports in the area. Because it is a conversation area, no fishing or collection of sea creatures is allowed.
Baradel is the island designated for turtle-watching. However, there are regulations on where you can anchor or how far out you can drift with your dinghy. Of course, no fires are allowed on the beach and it is expected that tourists leave the vegetation and wildlife alone.
For snorkelers, Petit Bateau, the island facing Baradel, is recommended as the waters are less choppy than they are in other areas.
Due to its park status and the efforts made to converse the area, there are park fees which rangers will come to collect to your boat. The cost is currently $10 EC per day per person. Yachts should call in advance and request anchoring details. Most activities have a designated area and some sort of restrictions so calling ahead is recommended.
For those who will spend quite a bit of time out there and get approached by the local vendors, don’t be intimidated. Some of them are actually well known in the area. Vendors vary from local artists to cooks. They are ‘a friendly bunch’ and sell everything from ice to accessories.
It’s important that no one on board harm or collect anything from the Tobago Cays as it is against policy.