Tobago Cays (Photo:Pawel Kazmierczak/Shutterstock)
Tobago Cays (Photo:Pawel Kazmierczak/Shutterstock)
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Port of Tobago Cays

This collection of five uninhabited islands comprise much of Tobago Cays Marine Park, dubbed the "Jewel in the Crown" of the southern Grenadines since its establishment in 1997.

A horseshoe reef shelters the islands, making them fantastic snorkeling. Small sailing vessels, including Star Clipper's Royal Clipper, Club Med 2, Island Windjammers and some Windstar ships call here. But it's primarily the domain of private yachts and day charters.

Commercial cruises shuttle passengers to Petit Bateau for beach barbecues. Infrastructure on the tiny island is limited to a few picnic tables, but the white, sugary sand beaches and calm turquoise water make it an alluring spot. An uphill hiking trail offers nice views of the Grenadines. Locals from nearby islands also arrive on cruise days to sell their own freshly cooked seafood and side dishes. Small boats with names like Magic Carpet, More Fresh and Never Give Up Never bob offshore, and their owners will shuttle snorkelers out to the reef for a small fee.

Shore Excursions

About Tobago Cays


Hugged by a horseshoe reef, these islands are a snorkeler's paradise


You'll have to pay a fee to enter the marine park

Bottom Line

The unspoiled islands of Tobago Cays Marine Park are a top-notch destination for diving and snorkeling

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The local currency is the East Caribbean dollar. But given the lack of commerce, you won't need a lot of cash here. U.S. dollars are accepted, but expect to get change back in East Caribbean dollars. For current exchange rates, visit or


English is the official language of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

--By Jayne Clark, Cruise Critic contributor