I love Little Tobago. Its a small islet off the northeastern tip of Tobago and great as a day trip, about 1/2 hour by boat. There are a few slightly challenging walking trails to the cliff tops where seabirds can be viewed. Used to be the home of some birds of paradise, but alas no more.
This is a small island northeast of Tobago and also know for bird sanctuary. But don't expect to see many birds here like the ASA Bird sanctuary in Trinidad. There's only a handful of birds and if you're lucky like us we saw motmot bird, laughing sea gull nesting, etc. This is an island with thick virgin forest and it's easy to get lost without a tour guide. Our guide Isaac tried to warn us not to venture off the trails because you could get lost easily. It does happened before and it takes 4days before that missing person return back to his original trails and found help. Atop view is nice overlooking the islands with a small hut to take shade. We hired Spencer and our tour guide is Isaac they're both locals and negotiable. Spencer owns his boat so call him first to make appointment as he does scuba diving too. His number is (868) 383-3917. There are other operators like the nearby hotels but pricey if you want to save then go with the locals. He's a nice man and even gives us tips on the local food and where to eat those foods. I highly recommend him.
How to get there:- We did as part of a glass bottom boat tour with Franky's Tours (from Batteaux bay, within Blue Waters Inn Resort), which also included snorkelling in Angel's Reef (cost 150TT)Little Tobago:- Small island, quite dense (thus quite humid)- Paved path/steps to top, with nice viewsOur Tour:- Guide showed us various plants, discussed the history of the island & Tobago, pointed out different species of birds (we saw maybe 3 different species), trap-door spiders etc.What to bring:- Sunscreen- Light clothes - it gets quite humid in the forest- Repellant- Water- Swimming/snorkelling gear - can go swim/snorkel in Angel's Reef- Camera- Binoculars if you're keen on birdwatchingOther Tips:- No bathrooms here or places to buy food
excellent trip including glass bottom boat, snorkelling / swimming if desired + visit to the bird sanctuary of little tobago island . excellent views, guide had brilliant binoculars to view red footed boobies, tropical birds etc. fairly steep climb to the top.
We were in Tobago in November 2013, so, to be fair, it WAS the rainy season with super-high humidity. While we were on the island there was no breeze at all, so we were dripping with sweat before even starting up the steep trail. We saw only one bird - underwhelming for sure.
Took this trip with Peter Cox, being bird watchers it is a must trip to go on, even if the birds are not your thing it is still an experience with lots to see. On leaving Tobago to get to the island you go over the reef in the glass bottomed boat, where the captain explains everything you see and on this trip my favorite creature a Turtle swam under the boat, this really made my holiday extra special. Onto the island where your guide shows and explains everything, then to the top to see the birds Great. The view from here is awesome. On the return trip you get the opportunity to snorkel over the reef. A really great trip and more than worthy of consideration.
A nice (if a bit rough) boat ride out to Little Tobago, you get a nice view of Tobago Island. The hike up the side of Little Tobago might be a bit steep for some, but won't be a problem if you're in shape. The viewpoint atop Little Tobago is a wonderful place to see seabirds. Although you get a much closer look when in the Galapagos, it's always wonderful to see Red Billed Tropicbirds, Red and Brown Footed Boobies, Fregates, and Black Capped Laughing Gulls. There is even a bat population in the abandoned wardens house.
A private guide (Peter Cox) took us to Little Tobago on a glass bottom boat. While one person explored Little Tobago (birdwatcher) with the guide, the girls did some snorkeling right outside the island, another family member were diving with another crew. The birdwatcher was very happy with the visit to the island and saw birds that she wouldn’t see somewhere else in Tobago. Choppy sea on the Atlantic side of Tobago, easy to get sea sick on the short boat ride to Little Tobago.
If you're interested in eco tourism then this would be a great stop. The guide points out various birds and plants and spiders, some not seen anywhere else. They also give you the history of the Bird of Paradise which the island got its first name from. Great little hike.
Lovely preserved natural island. have a good guide to point out the many critters, such as the trap door spidrs, hermit crabs, lizards, and - ah yes, the birds. so many, doing their thing all around you.