Top Ten Caribbean Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Tobago: Ride a Ray
By Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Got a case of "been there, done that?" We have just one word for you: Tobago. Yes, Tobago, which offers some of the Caribbean's most spectacular diving. Of this island and its sister, Trinidad, Tobago is more laid-back and peaceful, with little to distract you from enjoying its natural beauty. Off Speyside on the island's northeast coast, the waters are crystal clear—the better to observe and sometimes interact with the giant mantas that congregate from November to early summer. The creatures, whose wingspan can reach 25 feet, are gentle but not exactly shy, often allowing divers to approach them at close range. Some can be pet, while others seem to enjoy interacting with divers in an impromptu underwater ballet. Divers have also been permitted to hitch short rides on their broad backs, or "Tobago taxi."


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