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Just Back From Tobago: Top 5 off-the-beaten-path highlights

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LiNGER founder, Steve Wilson, fresh back from a trip to Tobago, shares his top 5 ‘off-the-beaten-path’ finds:

What impressed me most about this island is how so much diversity, both in landscape and scope of experiences, is packed into such a small, safe and accessible island. On an island the size of the Isle of Wight, the scenery plunges from ridges of ancient rainforest down to palm-fringed Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean beaches, crossing colourful towns, copious kaleidoscopes of birdlife and a profusion of tropical flora. The islanders give a warm and authentic welcome, not dampened by any of the over-commercialisation of more touristy Caribbean destinations. It remains unpolished, and all the better for it. Tobago is, as its slogan puts it, unspoiled, untouched and undiscovered.

Bioluminescence Fish - Tobago

1. Bio-luminescent Kayaking Safari

Under the darkness of a starry night sky, I paddled my kayak into the warm, tranquil waters of the mangrove lagoon of Bon Accord. Paddling the perimeter and into mangrove coves, awakens a magical shimmer of glittering, blue light. Whether swimming or kayaking, my every movement was illuminated by the twinkling of the bioluminescent plankton.

2. Tonci Chocolate

Carlina makes chocolate to relive childhood. Just like her mother did, she forages for cocoa pods among the lush island vegetation, roasts the beans in a coal pot and shells them by hand with her family. She welcomes visitors to her home and garden to take part. The end result is one of the richest, most complex-tasting chocolates I have ever sampled. And completely unknown: the tiny batches of Tonci’ bars are only sold in two places on the island.

Tonci Chocolate Cacao Pod And Bar - Tobago
Steel Pan Man And Child - Tobago

3. Sunday School

Islanders come to Bucoo town square to mingle and people watch on a Sunday evening (there is no religious connection). I joined them in the town’s buzzing hub, with a rum in hand, and soaked up the vibe to the sound of the live steel pan band.

4. Street Food

While there are restaurants for finer-dining on the island, The Seahorse Inn being a choice example, Tobago’s towns sizzle and steam with the sounds and mouthwatering aromas of its flavorful street food. Tobagan ‘Doubles’ are a must: fluffy and pillowy fried bread stuffed with curried chickpeas, topped with a medley of zesty sauces. ‘Souse’, succulent pork or chicken marinated in a tangy blend of juices and spices, explodes with flavour. The herb-infused sauce of freshly-caught crab soaks up perfectly into the accompanying soft, doughy dumplings in another local delicacy. Each dish in this culinary treasure trove is a testament to Tobago’s rich culinary heritage.

Food - Tobago
Horse On Beach - Tobago

5. Healing with Horses

This non-profit outfit not only cares for rescued horses but provides equine therapy to children with special needs. Visitors can see the work firsthand, and hack out themselves, mounting on foam saddles and with bitless bridles. Riders pass through Buccoo’s coastal woodland before emerging on the sand, kicking up spray along the lapping shoreline.

Tobago’s charm lies in its authenticity: its somewhat old-fashioned accommodation, its pristine nature and its zest for life. The island bursts with colour and flavour and the welcome is second to none.


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Photography Credits: Tobago Tourism Agency; Man o War Bay – Jad Davenport; Bioluminescence – Fish Tobago & Tobago Tourism Agency;  Steel pan player – Tobago Tourism Agency & Alexa Fernando (



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