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Trinidad & Tobago

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Beautiful bird watching and leisurely exploration in tropical Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Product Code 45690
  • Holiday Type Bird Watching & Walking
  • Grade Grade 3
  • Holiday Duration Nights

Trinidad’s dynamic and vibrant beat nestles comfortably alongside the more serene Tobago, which offers the chance to take a step back and relax. The twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago offers visitors the best of two worlds. The proximity of the islands to South America has resulted in an unusually diverse fauna, particularly the islands’ birdlife, with no other area in the West Indies, and few areas of comparable size in tropical America, matching the islands’ spectacular species diversity.

On Trinidad we stay four nights in the grounds of the historic Mount St Benedict Monastery. From here we follow trails up to Mount Tabor, walk lowland forest tracks in the Arena Forest and visit the island’s Atlantic coast where we can see Red bellied Macaws, Yellow-crowned Parrots plus an array of birds of prey, herons and Howler Monkeys in the Nariva swamp and wetlands. We’ll take a boat trip on the Caroni Swamp into extensive mangroves to view the spectacle of Scarlet Ibis and Egrets as they fly in to roost in their hundreds. Our second stay on Trinidad is in the Northern Range at the world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre, a leader in conservation through education and research. Here, with the centre’s expert guides, we discover local trails and see many of the island’s speciality species of birds and wildlife including huge Tegu Lizards, Channel-billed Toucans and Bearded Bellbirds, to name but a few. Our stay also includes a special walk to the Dunstan Cave to see the mysterious nocturnal Guacharos (Oilbirds). We can swim in the natural pools and from the centre’s “Terrace” we will enjoy the early morning bird activity at close quarters.

We take a short flight from Trinidad to Tobago, where we spend four nights in Speyside on the north eastern corner of this beautiful island. Our days will be spent walking in unspoilt mountain rainforest and on coastal trails, some swimming and snorkelling off idyllic beaches, taking a glass bottomed boat to the nearby island of Little Tobago to see nesting seabirds such as Red-billed Tropicbirds and Brown Boobies. We’ll also discover a little of the island’s history including Scarborough’s Fort King George, dating from 1770 with its museum and cannon emplacements.

Holiday Highlights

  • Relaxing and watching the bird activity from the “Terrace” at Asa Wright Nature Centre.
  • Taking a sunset cruise on the Caroni swamp to view Scarlet Ibis.
  • Exploring Dunstan Cave to see the mysterious nocturnal Guacharos.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Gatwick to Port of Spain returning Tobago to Gatwick (British Airways).
      Internal flight Port of Spain to Tobago (Caribbean Airlines)
      Airport transfers and all local transport.
      Half board en-suite accommodation.
      Lunches at the Asa Wright Nature Centre.
      Knowledgeable local guides.

Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
  • Flights: Gatwick–Port of Spain/Tobago-Gatwick, British Airways.
  • UK add-on flights and/or upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class may be possible, please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge

This Hotel and Lodge is the jewel in Trinidad’s crown. Also located in the Northern Range, set amongst almost 1500 acres of rain forest, it is a world leader in conservation through education and research and has long been a leader in ecotourism. The covered veranda that surrounds the lodge is an ideal location for viewing numerous species of birds and wildlife. All rooms at the Lodge are en suite and all meals, including morning and afternoon tea, during our stay are included. There are natural pools located within the grounds for a relaxing afternoon dip. Being built into the hillside, many of the bungalows have steps up or down to reach them. Free internet is available.

Blue Waters Inn

The Blue Waters Inn is a beachfront property delightfully tucked away in its own secluded bay, with a forest reserve that acts as its backdrop. The beautiful outdoor pool dramatically sits just metres away from the waters edge. All rooms face the ocean and have ceiling fans, climate control, coffee-making machine, a balcony or porch and are en suite. The hotel has a restaurant and bar. You can also hire snorkel equipment from the hotel’s dive centre.

Pax Guest House

The Pax Guest House is located in the lush Northern Range of Trinidad, set in acres of forested area surrounding the Mount St. Benedict Monastery. Established in the early 1900s, it is one of the oldest properties on the island and was originally used to accommodate visitors to the monastery. Due to the previous use of the building, the Guest House offers simple, yet adequate, accommodation in an excellent location with all bedrooms simply decorated in colonial style, with ceiling fans and wash basins. Some rooms are en suite, while others use shared facilities (separate male and female bathrooms). The Guest House has a living room and dining. From the verandas you can watch the early morning sun rise above the Caroni Plains some 800 meters below, and are ideal for both evening and morning bird watching. Sir David Attenborough and the Dalai Lama are amongst guests who have stayed at the Guest House.

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