Scarborough, Tobago

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Introduction to Scarborough, Tobago

Discover Tobago through its impressive capital – Scarborough.

The largest town in Tobago, Scarborough was established – in 1654 – as the Dutch port of Lampsinburg. It’s a lively, bustling little town dominated by the 18th century Fort King George perched high on a hill, with superb views out over Scarborough and the sea. Some of the fort is in ruins, although there are parts which are well preserved and the old guardhouse is now the excellent Tobago Historical Museum. There are fascinating displays on the history of the island (it has changed hands over 30 times over the years) as well as weapons, old maps, photographs and pre-Columbian artefacts. There’s also a fine-arts centre within the fort.

In Scarborough there are some attractive Georgian buildings, such as the House of Assembly and a colourful market in the lower town. It’s compact and friendly: away from the new cruise ship complex there are some delightful places to shop, eat or just relax a while and enjoy the sun.

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Fort King George, Scarborough, Tobago

TOUR F - DISCOVER SOUTH TOBAGO

Must do tour
  • Take in the highlights of southern Tobago
  • Step back in time with a visit to Fort King George
  • Savour impressive views over the island
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 - 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This tour offers a wonderful opportunity to discover some of the highlights in the south of Tobago.

Leaving the quayside, your tour begins with a journey along the Claude Noel Highway to Plymouth. En route you will pass several residential areas before arriving at your first stop, the mysterious tombstone and Fort James. Here you can delight in the wonderful views over the coastline from Fort James and ponder over the intriguing inscription on the Mystery Tombstone.

Continuing, travel along Mount Irvine Road, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea, before passing through the exclusive hotel and golf course resort of Mount Irvine Bay. From here, you pass by Store Bay, considered one of the most popular tourist spots on the island.

Upon arrival into Scarborough, you will have time to visit the 17th century Fort King George. During your time here, you may choose to wander the grounds of the fort that overlooks the town or visit Tobago Museum, which features displays of Amerindian artefacts, military relics and documents from Tobago’s colonial history.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note this tour will involve approximately one hour and 10 minutes of walking and standing over varying terrain. Guests will also need to negotiate a few steps at the Tobago Museum and Fort King George.


Buccoo Reef, Tobago

TOUR B - BUCCOO REEF

  • Relax and experience a glass-bottom boat cruise to Buccoo Reef
  • Explore the underwater world of Tobago
  • Get up close to marine life as you enjoy a spot of snorkelling
Boat Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Discover Buccoo Reef and delight in the underwater beauty of this area from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat.

After departing your ship, it is an approximate 15-minute drive along the Claude Noel Highway to Pigeon Point Beach. Upon arrival here, you will be led to your glass-bottomed boat, which will take you to Buccoo Reef. En route, you will pass over the Coral Gardens, and your captain will point out different marine life.

Upon arrival at the reef you will drop anchor and can enjoy an opportunity to snorkel and explore Tobago’s underwater world up close.

Next, continue to the Nylon Pool – a sandbank out at sea - where you can enjoy a dip in the shallow waters, which are said to be like the ‘Fountain of Youth’.

Returning to Pigeon Point, your driver awaits to take you back to your ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/2017 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests should be strong, confident swimmers. To participate in this tour, guests will need to be agile enough to get on and off the small boats from both the beach (wading through water) and the sea via a small ladder at the back. At times the current at the reef may be quite strong. Please note that taxis are likely to be used for transportation; your driver will also act as your guide. Come already wearing your swimming costume under casual clothes, as there will not be time to change at Pigeon Point. Don’t forget your towel and sun protection! A mask, snorkel and reef shoes are provided, but not fins. Life jackets are not supplied when snorkelling. What marine life may be seen is obviously unpredictable, as is the clarity of the water at the time of your call.


TOUR BX - SPEYSIDE REEF

  • Relax and experience a glass-bottom boat cruise to Speyside Reef
  • Explore the underwater world of Tobago
  • Get up close to marine life as you enjoy a spot of snorkelling
Boat Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Discover Speyside Reef and delight in the underwater beauty of this area from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat.

After departing your ship, it is an approximate 45 minute drive along the Claude Noel Highway to Speyside. Upon arrival here, you will be led to your glass-bottomed boat, which will take you to the reef.

Upon arrival at the reef, you will drop anchor and can enjoy an opportunity to snorkel and explore Tobago’s underwater world up close. The reef here is home to the world’s largest brain coral, over 50 species of fish, and you may even spot a manta ray or turtle.

Returning to Speyside, your driver awaits to take you back to your ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 AMAZON CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests should be strong, confident swimmers. To participate in this tour, guests will need to be agile enough to get on and off the small boats from both the beach (wading through water) and the sea via a small ladder at the back. At times the current at the reef may be quite strong. Please note that taxis are likely to be used for transportation; your driver will also act as your guide. Come already wearing your swimming costume under casual clothes, as there will not be time to change at Speyside. Don’t forget your towel and sun protection. A mask, snorkel and reef shoes are provided, but not fins. Life jackets are not supplied when snorkelling. What marine life may be seen is obviously unpredictable, as is the clarity of the water at the time of your call.


Argyle Waterfall, Tobago

TOUR D - ARGYLE WATERFALL

  • Discover Tobago’s highest waterfall
  • Embark on a walk through the forest reserve
  • Savour the tranquil surroundings
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited to 80
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

On this tour, enjoy a visit to one of the highlights of Tobago’s windward coast - Argyle Waterfall.

Depart the quayside for a leisurely drive along Tobago’s windward coast towards Roxborough. From here your tour will set off on foot as you take to the Argyle Waterfall trails, entering the oldest forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere.

The Argyle Waterfall is located within the Roxborough Estate, which was originally a sugar estate up until the 1870s. Ruins and artefacts of the old sugar mill can still be seen today. The Belmanna Riot of 1873 marked the downfall of the estate as upset Barbadian immigrant workers protested against unfair treatment. Sugar estates across the island soon deteriorated as the riot spread island-wide. Today, the estate is the property of the Tobago House of Assembly who promotes training schemes throughout the area; much attention is also given to its promotion as an eco-tourism site.

Take an approximate 20-minute guided walk through the lush vegetation whilst your guide points out the varying plants and wildlife. As you approach the three-tiered waterfall, you are sure to be mesmerised by the inviting waters. Upon your arrival you can enjoy some time at leisure to take a dip in the natural pools and enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/2017 CARIBBEAN SEASON.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests must be agile, as the approximate 20-minute walk to the waterfall will be strenuous and over rough terrain with inclines and rocky outcrops. The path may also be slippery and muddy, therefore extra due care and attention should be taken. Some steps may be encountered. For reference, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Sensible shoes or plimsolls that you do not mind getting wet or muddy are recommended, as there may be some sharp rocks at the bottom of the pools. What flora or fauna that might be seen cannot be guaranteed. If you wish to take a dip in the natural pools we recommend that you come already wearing your swimming costume underneath your casual clothes and do not forget your towel.


Tobago Cocoa Estate, Scarborough, Tobago

TOUR E - TOBAGO COCOA DISCOVERY

  • Enjoy an insightful visit to the Tobago Cocoa Estate
  • Learn more about cocoa and its history
  • Admire your leafy surroundings
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Learn more about the production of cocoa and its uses with a visit to the Tobago Cocoa Estate.

Departing the quayside in Scarborough, drive along the Windward coastline. Pass through several villages including Bacolet, Mount St George, Pembroke, Belle Garden and Roxborough, before turning off the Main Ridge and entering the oldest forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere.

Upon arrival at Tobago Cocoa Estate, you will be invited to learn about the history of the cocoa industry and its standing on the island. During a walking tour of the estate, you will have the opportunity to view the various stages of the production of cocoa, visit a mud oven and house where the cocoa is dried, and learn of the many products that are available. As you tour the estate, admire Tobago’s rainforest with its lush vegetation and abundance of plant life.

Following your interesting visit, board your tour coach for the return journey to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017/2018 CARIBBEAN SEASON. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one hour of walking some of which will be over grassy terrain. Unfortunately, it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. What flora may be seen cannot be guaranteed.

 


TOUR EXC - TOBAGO’S HIDDEN TREASURES

  • Marvel at the extensive variety of plants in Oswyn Edmunds’ private garden
  • Peek behind the doors of the Tobago residence of the country’s President
  • Enjoy a guided walk around the Tobago Botanical Gardens
Gardening Tour
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximately 3 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This exclusive tour allows a small number of guests to visit two locations not usually accessible to the public.

Departing the ship, make the short drive to Mount St George, where — for the first time — your host Oswyn Edmund will open the gates to his amazing garden. Oswyn is a self-made horticulturalist, passionate about his garden, and welcomes you to look around. Admire the extensive variety of plants, trees and orchids; and feel free to ask questions whilst you sip a refreshing rum or fruit punch.

Continue to your second exclusive visit of the day — the Tobago residence of the President of Trinidad and Tobago. Special permission has been granted to allow a tour of the premises, built in 1828, allowing you a unique insight into the property’s colonial history.

Your final stop is a guided walk through the Tobago Botanical Gardens, located in a former sugar estate. This quiet oasis has an impressive collection of palms, flamboyant and other tropical trees and plants and offers views over Scarborough and the bay.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017/18 CARIBBEAN CRUISE SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over varying terrain.  


TOUR H - TROPICAL GARDEN & NATURE RESERVE

  • Visit the Mysterious Tombstone and Fort James
  • Get up close to a variety of birdlife
Gardening Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Admire some of the highlights of Tobago before visiting the Tropical Garden and Nature Reserve, where you can view a variety of tropical birdlife.

Leaving the quayside, begin your tour with a short drive along the Claude Noel Highway. Soon you will turn on to Government House Road, passing through a number of residential areas before arriving at your first stop — the Mysterious Tombstone and Fort James.  Here you will have a brief stop, allowing you to capture wonderful views of the coastline, and to wonder at the intriguing inscription on the Mysterious Tombstone — a riddle which has been baffling visitors to the island for over 200 years.

Next, proceed through Plymouth and to the Tropical Garden and Nature Reserve. Meet your knowledgeable guide who will give you a brief tour of the facilities before taking you in to the undercover viewing area. Here you will have the opportunity to admire a wide variety of birds, including several species of hummingbird, woodpeckers, herons, egrets and parakeets to name a few.

A scenic drive along the Caribbean coast will bring you back to your awaiting ship, passing several first class hotels along the way.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017/18 CARIBBEAN CRUISE SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over grassy surfaces. We do not recommend this tour for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. What birdlife may be seen cannot be guaranteed.


Fort King George, Scarborough, Tobago

TOUR J - TOBAGO HIGHLIGHTS & FOLKLORE SHOW

  • View some of the island’s highlights
  • Enjoy a colourful folklore show
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 3½ - 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Sit back and relax on a scenic drive of Tobago before witnessing a fascinating folklore show.

Begin your tour with a short scenic drive to Fort King George and the Tobago Museum where you will be able to gain a brief insight into the history of the island. Continue along the Claude Noel Highway and Government House Road. Pause briefly at the Mysterious Tombstone and wonder at the inscription that has been baffling visitors for over 200 years, before admiring the panoramic views along the coastline from Fort James.

Continue along Mount Irvine Road, passing a number of hotels overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea before arriving at Store Bay — considered the most popular beach on the island. Here you can enjoy a brief stop to browse some of the locally made handicrafts, and perhaps purchase a lasting souvenir of your visit.

Make your way to the Canaan/Bon Accord Community Centre, where you will be greeted with a refreshing rum or fruit punch to sip whilst you watch a fascinating and colourful folklore show. Make sure you have your camera to hand to capture lasting memories.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017/18 CARIBBEAN CRUISE SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of walking. All guests must be able to get on and off the tour transport unaided. For reference, there will be approximately 15 minutes of time at leisure at Store Bay, where the amount of walking undertaken will be at your discretion.


TOUR K - TOBAGO BIRDWATCHING

  • Bird-watching is one of the most popular visitor activities on Tobago
  • The island is home to around 220 species of birds
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This tour provides an opportunity to spot birdlife in two different habitats with a local naturalist guide.

Leaving the quayside, begin your tour with a short drive along the Claude Noel Highway. Soon you will turn on to Plymouth Road, making your way to the Tropical Garden and Nature Reserve. Your knowledgeable guide will give you a brief tour of the facilities before taking you in to the undercover viewing area. Here you will have the opportunity to admire a wide variety of birds, including several species of hummingbird, woodpeckers, herons, egrets and parakeets to name a few.

Continuing, a brief stop will be made at the Mysterious Tombstone and Fort James, allowing you to capture wonderful views of the coastline, and to wonder at the intriguing inscription on the Mysterious Tomb — a riddle which has been baffling visitors to the island for over 200 years.

Proceed along the Caribbean Coast to the Plantation Estate. Home to the Magdalena Hotel and an 18 hole golf course, here you will be invited to enjoy a short walking tour with your guide pointing out the birds and other wildlife that reside in the mangroves.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over grassy and uneven surfaces. We do not recommend this tour for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, and do not forget to bring adequate sun protection and a hat. What birdlife may be seen cannot be guaranteed. Toilet facilities are available at the Tropical Gardens and Nature Reserve.


TOUR L - COME LEH WE MAKE AH COOK

  • Tobago’s cuisine is a delicious mix of worldwide influences
  • Create and enjoy a delicious lunch with local produce
Activity Tour
Price£115.00 - £125.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Tobago has developed quite a reputation for its sweet food — meaning those who sample it keep coming back for more — and this specially-arranged tour offers you the opportunity to experience sweet food from the kitchen garden, to the stove, to the plate.

Margaret Rodriguez invites you to her home in Signal Hill, just a 15 minute drive from the ship.

Enjoy a tour of her kitchen garden, where you will be introduced to several of the herbs and spices that she uses within her cooking. Aromatic and pungent aromas of thyme, chadon beni (cilantro), parsley, chives and many more grow abundantly in her garden and will be used in the preparation of a menu of traditional dishes during a hands on cooking session.

Once cooked, help yourself to the buffet, and sit to savour the flavours. The meal will be served with freshly made fruit punch, followed by a selection of local confections for dessert.

Return to your awaiting ship with copies of the recipes you have prepared to impress friends and family at home.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Whilst this tour involves minimal walking, participants will be standing for the majority of the tour — Margaret will guide, whilst you do the cooking. The menu to be prepared includes callaloo soup, coo coo, stewed Tobago pigeon peas, breadfruit pie, fresh fish in coconut sauce, Tobago-style stewed chicken and garden salad. As local produce is used, the menu may change depending on seasonal availability.


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