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The five best things to do in Tobago

Tick this lot off your list between sunlounger sessions

By Time Out in association with British Airways
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Swim in a pool in the middle of the ocean

Tobago’s Nylon Pool is a rare natural phenomenon: a perfectly clear, metre-deep pool right in the middle of the sea, formed by an offshore sandbar. Trips to the pool also include a visit to Coral Gardens, which is home to 40 different species of coral.

Time travel to the island’s past

From mid-July to August 1 each year, the entire island becomes a virtual museum as old-timey traditions are re-enacted across various villages. From wedding ceremonies to long-forgotten games, it’s a chance to experience an intense dose of Tobago’s rich culture and heritage.


See the sea sparkle on a lagoon tour

Bioluminescence is a phenomenon caused by glowing sea plankton, and is a regular occurrence in the lagoons along Tobago’s coastline. It’s a jaw-dropping sight, and as such, it’s best experienced without tranquility-shattering motorboats; Stand Up Paddle Tobago operates regular tours, with all equipment included.


Go on a chocolate-fuelled trek

After a cheeky rum and chocolate tasting at the Cocoa Estate, head down the hill to the entrance to Argyle Waterfalls, which has a choice of three different levels to climb to. Those who tackle the highest can expect to be rewarded with sightings of tropical birds, a dip in a cooling pool and amazing views.


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Find your own adventure on a self-guided tour

If you’re keen to tick off as many island landmarks as possible, going it alone is the best option. With a phone full of juice, a backpack full of snacks and a rental car full of Caribbean tunes, program the GPS to take in Courland Monument, Great Courland Bay, Fort James, Little Tobago and Flagstaff Hill in one fell swoop.


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