The Tobago Cays are a series of five uninhabited islands in the nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines. St Vincent and the Grenadines comprises no fewer than 32 islands, including the principal island of St Vincent, and others including Bequia and Mustique. Tobago Cays Grenadines are primarily known for the Tobago Cays Marine Park, a nearly 1,500-acre, sand-bottom lagoon that features breathtaking, vibrant reefs, four cays, and an abundance of colorful marine life, surrounded by the larger, inhabited islands of Canouan, Mayreau, and Union Island.
The most developed coral reefs are in this very area, specifically off of the east coast of Mayreau and Union Island, as well as the Tobago Cays. The white-sand beaches and crystal-blue waters are perfect for sunbathing on an excursion to the Cays if you choose not to explore the underwater paradise that is the Tobago Cays Marine Park. It doesn’t cost too much to travel to Tobago Cays from St Vincent Island or Bequia, depending upon where you are staying, so you should definitely consider making the short journey if you are already heading to this part of the Caribbean. Ferries are available and you also have the option of chartering or renting a craft of your own. There are also a wide range of things to do once you get to Tobago Cays, including kite surfing, kayaking, and of course, diving and snorkeling.
Since there are no restaurants, hotels, or public facilities on the Tobago Cays, the islands generally serve as destination points for divers and snorkelers, sun revelers, and yachters. For those people interested in diving and snorkeling, the Tobago Cays Marine Park is one of the finest locations in the Caribbean Sea. There are areas that are suitable for both novice and advanced divers and the reefs and marine life provide a spectacular array of underwater eye candy. Large green sea turtles, eagle rays, nurse sharks, and a plethora of tropical fish can be found around every turn. Horseshoe Reef is an excellent place for beginning divers, offering warm and calm waters and a huge variety of colorful fish. More advanced divers may consider heading further east to Sail Rock where there are underground caves and more challenging terrain. Be sure to check out the Mayreau Gardens, a sprawling coral reef situated between Tobago Cays and Mayreau.
If you are on a cruise excursion or rent a watercraft, you can find a mooring and simply lay your things on one of the pristine, white sand beaches. Bring a picnic basket, some towels, and plenty of sunscreen, and make a fully day out of chilling out on the beaches where some of the action from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean was shot. Some of the other most popular activities that take place off of the Tobago Cays Grenadines include windsurfing, kite surfing, and kayaking. There are places to rent equipment for these and other activities on the nearby inhabited islands mentioned earlier. Fishing, boating, swimming, and surfing are just a few of the activities that draw people to Tobago Cays and the Tobago Cays Marine Park every year.