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'Tobago Chill-out'

What makes this trip special?

Picture-perfect white sand beaches

Picture-perfect white sand beaches

Southern Tobago

Southern Tobago's beautiful palm-fringed beaches with clear calm waters are a popular spot to swim or take glass-bottomed boats out to nearby coral reefs. This is the most developed part of the island with the main concentration of hotels, restaurants and shops.

Stunning coastal scenery and local village life

Stunning coastal scenery and local village life

Northern Tobago

Northern Tobago is the place to get away from it all - much less developed than the south of the island with picturesque villages, cliff-backed sandy bays and rich coral reefs popular with divers. Little Tobago island, accessed by glass-bottomed boat from the mainland, is bird sanctuary popular with walkers and birders.

Secluded beach base for relaxing or exploring

Secluded beach base for relaxing or exploring

Bacelot Bay

Bacelot Bay, on the windward side of Tobago is a good choice for those wanting a quiet base from which to explore southern/eastern Tobago. There are two stylish boutique hotel options here with sea views and beach access.

Itinerary map for Trinidad & Tobago 'Tobago Chill-out' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Crown Point
  • 2 Crown Point
  • 3 Crown Point
  • 4 Crown Point
  • 5 Speyside
  • 6 Speyside
  • 7 Speyside
  • 8 Speyside
  • 9 Speyside
  • 10 Bacolet Bay
  • 11 Bacolet Bay
  • 12 Bacolet Bay
  • 13 Bacolet Bay
  • 14 Bacolet Bay
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Tobago Chill-out'

DAY 1

Kariwak Village

You will be met at the airport and transferred to Kariwak Village at Crown Point, your base for the next 4 nights.

DAY 2
B

This is a good place to decompress and chill-out. The lodge’s carefully planted small garden, thatched-roofed cabañas and general sense of peace give a real feeling of retreat (no kidding: the Dalai Lama has stayed here).

DAY 3
B

Spend the day at Store Bay, the nearest beach–a 10min walk away, or simply relax by the pool.

DAY 4
B

Relax or take the hotel’s shuttle to Pigeon Point and Buccoo Reef, a short drive away–probably the most photographed places on the island.

DAY 5
B

Speyside

Today you will be transferred up to the village of Speyside on the island's North East Coast. Here you stay at for 5 nights at Blue Waters Inn, a resort-style property located a mile from Speyside in a semi-private and stunning Batteaux Bay.

DAY 6
B

Free day based at Speyside. Perhaps take a glass bottomed boat trip from the village jetty out to Little Tobago, one of the largest seabird colonies in the Caribbean. Here you can see red-billed tropic birds, brown boobies, bridled and sooty terns, laughing gulls and magnificent frigate birds. The boat passes over a coral reef with giant brain coral and populated with brightly coloured tropical fish. You might like to take lunch at local institution, Jemma's Tree House with views out towards Goat Island.

DAY 7
B

Second free day based at Speyside. Snorkelling and novice diving can usually be arranged locally. In May and June watch for manta rays off the village jetty.

DAY 8
B

Third free day based at Speyside. You might choose to visit the area around the fishing village of Charlotteville, one of the most picturesque villages on the island.

DAY 9
B

Fourth free day based at Speyside. Perhaps walk over the local headland down to relax on the nice sands at Batteaux Bay.

DAY 10
B

Bacolet Bay

Transfer to Bacolet Bay on the windward side of the island for 5 nights at Half Moon Blue, a ‘metro-sophisticated’ hotel with a décor designed to set the mood for serene and lazy days and romantic exotic nights. Top range alternatives include Bacolet Beach Club and Blue Haven.

DAY 11
B

Free time at Half Moon Blue. Relax by the pool or on the sandy crescent beach a 2min walk away.

DAY 12
B

Free time at Half Moon Blue. Relax by the pool or on the sandy crescent beach a 2min walk away.

DAY 13
B

Free time at Half Moon Blue. Relax by the pool or on the sandy crescent beach a 2min walk away.

DAY 14
B

Free time at Half Moon Blue. Relax by the pool or on the sandy crescent beach a 2min walk away.

DAY 15
B

Transfer to the airport in time to catch your international fl ight home.

Guide prices for 'Tobago Chill-out'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Guide price 2 people sharing £1,555 £1,695
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Tobago
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally

Customer reviews for 'Tobago Chill-out'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

Average customer rating 100%

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Asa Wright and the excursions from Asa Wright.

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Pitch Lake, Caroni Swamp and all the hummingbirds.

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Swimming and snorkelling; exploring Tobago; the people.

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The highlight of the week was our day with Jason Radix. His knowledge, not only of birds, but of the history, politics and ecology of the island was superb. He was delightful company - our special thanks to him.

Seasonal information for 'Tobago Chill-out'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Crown Point 29°C rainfall 68mm
2 Crown Point 29°C rainfall 68mm
3 Crown Point 29°C rainfall 68mm
4 Crown Point 29°C rainfall 68mm
5 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
6 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
7 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
8 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
9 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
10 Bacolet Bay 29°C rainfall 90mm
11 Bacolet Bay 29°C rainfall 90mm
12 Bacolet Bay 29°C rainfall 90mm
13 Bacolet Bay 29°C rainfall 90mm
14 Bacolet Bay 29°C rainfall 90mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Tobago Chill-out'

Days 1 - 4

Kariwak Village

Crown Point
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Average rating 4.9 (14 ratings)

In this individualistic hotel, Allan and Cynthia Clovis set out to create a holistic environment for guests’ mind, body and spirit. Clearly their clients feel the benefit as many return year after year. Even the Dalai Lama stayed here.

There are 24 tasteful ground level bedrooms. Children up to 12 yrs stay free (there is a charge for meals); cots can be provided.

Set in the compact well-tended grounds are a small swimming pool, freshwater ponds, thatched dinning room, jacuzzi and waterfall, amid tropical flowers, shrubs and trees. Set menus emphasise wholesome Caribbean cooking without additives.

The garden also holds a large thatched, open sided ajoupa where qualified instructors hold 3 classes a week in Hatha Yoga, Tai Qi, and Qi Gong. There are gentle stretching exercises 3 mornings a week. None require experience; all ages are welcome free of charge. Ayurvedic Marma therapy and Shiatsu massage can be booked at extra cost. The hotel is an active centre for local arts, entertainment, and self-improvement and therapeutic workshops.

Store Bay, the nearest beach, is an 8min walk away. Pigeon Point is an 8min drive away; a vehicle leaves for Pigeon Point each morning at 10am, returning at 4pm.

Hotels in the southern tip of Tobago, like the Kariwak, receive aircraft noise early in the morning (mostly propeller planes rather than jets). This doesn’t seem to inconvenience guests, and did not trouble us when we stayed there.

Kariwak Village
Days 5 - 9

Blue Waters Inn

Speyside
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Average rating 4.1 (55 ratings)

Set in the semi-private and stunning Batteaux Bay in Speyside, Blue Waters Inn is a resort style property with 38 rooms in total.

Spacious Blue view standard rooms and Deluxe Blue View Studios  all have sea views. The Deluxe Blue View Suites are free standing buildings.  Likewise the Deluxe blue view bungalows also face the beach but have two bedrooms. Blue view Bungalow 9 is also similar to the suites, but has the addition of a patio with an outdoor beach shower and an outdoor grill.  The Villa Blue is the same but with two double bedrooms.

On site there is a  restaurant, bar and dive shop, free use of kayaks, wind-surfers, sun tanning beds, tennis court, TV room/library and a number of nature trails in the grounds.  There is a small swimming pool the depth of which starts at 3 ft. with a step down to 7ft.

Blue Waters Inn
Days 10 - 14

Half Moon Blue Hotel

Bacolet Bay

A characterful small hotel situated high above Bacolet Bay. Two units of ten rooms are separated by a horizonless swimming pool. The décor is charmingly eccentric. Rooms are spacious and furnished with four-poster king-size beds draped with netting. Jalousied windows and doors bring cool breezes, though the rooms also have a/c and overhead fans. It’s a 2 minute walk to the beach on the sandy crescent bay. Next door is ‘La Belle Creole’ restaurant set in a palm garden. Owner and former fashion model Gloria Jones-Knapp  has succeeded in combining Caribbean warmth with European flair. A lovely place for or honeymoon or just to chill out.

Half Moon Blue Hotel