Scuba Diving in Japanese Gardens, Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago

Skill Level:
Maximum Depth:
33 m/108.3 ft
Best Period:
Trinidad and Tobago is an island country that is situated just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela. Both Trinidad and Tobago islands surprise visitors with their unspoiled natural beauty that is not found in most of the other Caribbean islands. The climate here is classified as tropical with two seasons annually, the dry and rainy season and the winds are usually influenced by the northeast trade winds. The islands are known not only for their beautiful sandy beaches, but also for their carnivals.

Tobago is a major tourist destination, specializing in snorkeling and scuba diving. The island boasts more than 60 dive sites with about 300 different coral species and impressive species diversity. The most popular location for scuba diving is in the northeast area, known as Speyside. This place has some of the best coral reefs in Tobago. The reefs here are unspoiled and rich in marine life, providing some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean.

Japanese Gardens lies along the side of Goat Island, at Speyside. As the name implies, this spot is a spectacular garden of colorful soft and hard corals. Divers can see mantas, butterflyfish, goatfish, trunkfish, sea whips, stingrays, snappers, scorpionfish, crabs, angelfish and turtles. The average depth here is 24 m/78.7 ft and the maximum depth is 33 m/108.3 ft. In addition, visibility is good and varies from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft.

Japanese Gardens accommodates intermediate and advanced divers. It is advisable not to walk on the reefs or touch the coral formations. Note: be careful of currents.