Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
The sister isle of Tobago, known for the beautiful beaches, the Nylon Pool and the Buccoo Reef is an explorers paradise. There are over 230 species of birds some 25 of which are indigenous only to the island. It is one of the best places in the Caribbean to view birds and the number one vacation spot for Trinis.
In 1889, Tobago became united with Trinidad and at that time the economy of the island depended on the agriculture of sugar-cane and cocoa. Throughout the island, the once used estate trails lead to remote beaches and waterfalls. To discover these far fetch regions one has to hike down the hilly terrain to the coast. Two stunning places worth exploring are Pirates Bay and Big Bay.
Pirate Bay is a small cove situated on the north eastern coast next to Charlotteville. It is part of the larger Man of War Bay which comprise of, several beaches including Charloteville. The descent from the top of Flag Staff Hill will take 45 minutes to the beach. There is the option to start from the Speyside Lookout and trek over Tobago’s 4th and 2nd highest peak Man-of-War Hill 549m and Pigeon Hill 518m. The journey continues from the summit with a steep descend to Flag Staff Hill and Pirates Bay. The National bird of Tobago the Cocorico can be heard distinctly in the forest.
A hidden gem on the North Side Road is Cotton Bay. Situated between the village of Moriah and King Peters Bay and known to villagers as Big Bay. There are no roads, and the only way to get there is to walk or by boat. The trek along the rocky hillside coast begins at Culloden and to reach the beach will take an hour. Along the way, the trail passes a scenic inlet called little Bay and the area used to pasteurize cattle and sheep. The beach half mile long seems like “heaven on earth” the crystal clear water is calm and relaxing. On the right end of the beach, there is a reef that attracts a variety of small marine fish. It is mind blowing to see large manta rays swim harmlessly alongside the coast.
Flagstaff Hill to Pirates Bay (optional one-way)
Rating: 3 fair
Hiking time: 35mins
Assembly :7.00am at Esplanade Milford Road Scarborough
Optional : Speyside to Pirates Bay 2 ½ hours (longer route )
Rating : 5 moderately challenging
Big Bay and Little Bay
Rating 4 moderate
Hiking time: one hour one-way
Assembly 7.00am at Esplanade on Milford Road Scarborough
Exploring Twin River Waterfall.
Twin River Falls (extra)
The Twin Rivers waterfall located in Goldsborough with the source originating from The Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve. The falls is a tributary of The Great River and the name Twin Rivers came about because close to the base, the river joins another tributary. Hiking time upstream along the stony river bed will take 40 mins. At the base of the falls there is a large pool for swimming .Getting to the top of the falls is challenging but a variety of cascading waterfalls and pools can be discovered in this seemingly unexplored land.
(Parlatuvier Falls) & (Twin River Falls in Goldsborough)… Sat 27th Sept’14
In the scenic village of Parlatuvier, there are two Rivers called the East and West River. The hike starts by the Bus Stop and a 45 min walk up the rivers there are two beautiful cascades to discover.
On the other side of the Island another splendid waterfall is the Twin River Falls, located at the confluence of the Goldsborough and Great River. At the base of the falls, there is a large plunge pool for swimming and at the top of the watercourse there are secret pools to discover.
ssembly 7.30 am at Esplanade, Scarborough … Sat 27th Sept’14
Saturday Night Island Cruise (optional $100.)
Assembly 8pm at Pigeon Point Road
3. No-Man’s Land…Sun 28th Sep’14
No-Man’s Land is a breath-taking peninsula situated in the Bon Accord Lagoon fringed by mangrove, coconut trees and swamp land. The calm, soothing waters and magnificent scenery of the lagoon makes it a must see place for any Trinbagonian. The beach is a popular spot for barbecues and access to get there is mainly by boat.
Assembly 7.30am at Milford & Shirvan Road.
For more information contact Mario749-2956 or www. islandhikers.com
Total cost for weekend hikes $150.00 does not include transport.call to book
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