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Trinidad & Tobago: Things To Do

Fort King George with its great view of the coast is a well-preserved historic site you shouldn't miss. Tobago Museum in the Barrack Guard House of the Fort displays local history, Amerindian artifacts, military relics and colonial documents.

Coral reefs, with sea life fed by nutrients from the Orinoco River out of South America, ring the island and make Tobago a world-class dive and snorkeling destination. Popular spots include Arnos Vale Reef off the west coast for drift diving in currents which are usually gentle, Buccoo Reef off Pigeon Point for snorkeling and diving, Pirate's Bay and Man o' War Bay in the north. A new adventure is diving the wreck of the Maverick, a 350-foot ferry boat sunk in 100 feet of water off the southwest shore. There are dive sites for all levels of experience. Tobago Dive Experience (Tel. 639-7034) is one of several dive operators available to assure you a fascinating, safe adventure.

Birdwatching is a rewarding pastime here, too. The virgin rain forest of the Main Ridge teems with bird life, including the brilliant Amazon Parrot. Grafton Nature Reserve near Black Rock is also a good spot. Customized individual tours can be arranged with Frankie Tours (Tel. 639-4527). Their tours highlight birdwatching, hiking the rain forest, an island safari exploring lakes and waterfalls, fishing or whatever suits your fancy.

A new way to explore Tobago is by air. Hummingbird Helicopter Services (Tel. 622-7159) offers tours from Crown Point Airport. If you're feeling romantic try their Sunset Soirée, a 20-minute tour returning into the beautiful colors of the setting sun.

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