Scheduled Date: Tuesday 20th September, 2016
Destination #1 Big Bay Tobago on Saturday 24th September 2016
The sister isle of Tobago is known for its beautiful beaches, yet some of its secret natural resources are only accessible on foot or by boat. One such place is Cotton Bay located down the craggy hillside of Tobago’s Northside Road between King Peters Bay and Culloden Bay. This vast landscape because of its rugged nature remained abandon and used mainly to pasteurize cattle and sheep. The beach referred by villagers as Big Bay was once a cocoa estate and evidence of this still exist. In 1889, Tobago became united with Trinidad and at that time the economy of the two islands depended on the agriculture of sugar cane and cocoa. The collapsed of the cocoa industry in 1921 many estates became bankrupt and all left today are the struggling Cacao trees and dilapidated forest trails.
The exploration of Big Bay starts from Culloden and the walk along the rocky coast will take an hour. The landscape consists of undulating hills with a steep descend to the bay. Fifteen minutes along the way, the trail comes to a scenic inlet called Little Bay, which is also a lovely beach and provides an option for those not wishing to walk further. Big Bay half a mile long feels like “heaven on earth” and timeless in a lost paradise. The sand beach with its crystal blue waters is calm and relaxing. On the right end of the beach, there is a reef that attracts a variety of small marine fish. Big Manta rays are sometimes seen swimming harmlessly alongside the bay.
Destination #1 On Saturday 24th September 2016 Island Hikers explore Cotton Bay in Tobago
Assembly:7.30am at Esplanade Milford Road Scarborough
Depart 8.30am along North Coast Road to Culloden.
Destination #2 No-Man’s Land on Sunday 25th September 2016
No-Man’s Land is a breath-taking peninsula situated in the Bon Accord Lagoon fringed by mangrove, coconut trees, and swampland. The calm, soothing waters and magnificent scenery of the lagoon make it a must place to visit for any Trinbagonian. The beach is a favorite spot for barbecues and access to get there is mainly by boat. The flat walk to get there is along the coast from Buccoo’s Bay and will take 45 minutes. There are plans to build a Sandals Resort at the location, and soon access may be restricted. On Sunday 25th September Island Hikers explore No Man’s Land.
Assembly: 8.00am at Buccoo’s Beach Facility.
Rating: 2 easy
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
Marcia 490-2421,Michael 719-3368,
Jamal 761-1889,Robin 681-1389,
Camille 620-314, Michelle 726-5195,
,Petronilla 342-1072, Pooran 764-2041
Dennis 678-2768, Adrian 349-9316,
Bob 685-5355, Pedro 346-3460
Ian 682-6177, Danny 372-7798