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“Another great rainforest experience”

Tobago Forest Reserve
Ranked #2 of 105 things to do in Tobago
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Established in 1763 to combat European deforestation of the island, this was the Western Hemisphere's first forest reserve.
Reviewed October 17, 2017

Ive been lucky to visit a few rainforests namely Daintree in Oz and the temperate rainforests of Western Canada along with other forests in the Caribbean. All rainforests are quite different but what makes a tour inside these areas is a good guide.

We went with Newton George and our particular interest was birds but asked that he pointed out anything else that moved, was interesting etc. Newton was excellent - he picked us up from the Blue Waters Inn at 6am (just getting light) and in no time at all we were looking for potoos and mot mots. Once inside the reserve we were lucky to see blue manakins displaying and the sounds of the crickets were amazing. No mosquitos (St Lucia was a nightmare for these!) - in fact we were not bitten once. Newton found over 50+ species of bird.

I would recommend you take binoculars, Newton brought a scope for us to use. From the forest we travelled down to a marsh area on the atlantic coast and picked up a number of different species of heron and sandpipers along with land crabs and a migrant osprey and american golden plover.

In all an excellent morning excursion - we were back at the hotel by mid day (after a brief stop at Newtons place to see the hummingbirds - (see hummingbird gallery review).

One thing that struck me was how well the local people tended the grass verges and swept the roads. Ive seen reviews on here where people have said it is messy in places but this is no more than any other Caribbean island that we have visited. The rainforest area is pristine and has its own micro climate. Even though it was 28 degrees in Speyside with 80 % humidity, in the rainforest it was lovely and cool.

Many thanks to Newton George for providing excellent guiding.

1  Thank daffyduck625
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Reviewed August 27, 2017

Our visit was during the rainy season, and this is rainforest, so we got wet. Definitely worth wearing suitable clothing. A good guide is essential - we went with Newton George who was exceptional. He could spot small birds hidden in the canopy when we would have had no chance. The with the aid of decent binoculars (ours) or telescope (Newton's) the brilliance of the feathers came alive. Might not be as attractive in the peak season, but our experience was really good.

Thank JGRJ
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Reviewed August 15, 2017

Don’t waste your money on Tobago - the pristine island that once was. Tragic! We spent about a week in Tobago in early August 2017. What a disappointment:
Angel reef and Buccoo reef are dead. Largest brain coral in the world? Peeled off like an orange!
Marine life is limited
Rainforest is overrun by bamboo and domesticated cows. Our “guide” was the only one to “see” the snake, the mama alligator with two babies…
Bird species are a lot fewer than listed
Argyle Falls was a joke – remember to set aside a whole 30 minutes for it

Also:
Air is quite polluted from vehicle emissions
Tobago does not recycle anything (Residents of Trinidad&Tobago use plastic like water)
Many residents are found idly hanging around by the roadside any time of day

Don’t believe a certain website that proclaims the island to be a paradise - it’s a fantasy version of reality. No wonder we ran into just a handful of foreign tourists during our entire week there!

6  Thank Travel_Pisachi
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Reviewed June 1, 2017

Had a fabulous walk - guided by Junior Thomas from Unique Tours. Was a quiet time - I wouldn't recommend if your visit clashed with cruise trip visits! Really enjoyed the serenity, birdlife and awe inspiring bamboo.

2  Thank Ted13
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Reviewed May 27, 2017 via mobile

Walked some of the Gillian trail in a group. It's like travelling to prehistoric times and there's plenty of wildlife to see and hear along the way. Definitely recommend leaving the road and walking one of the trails.

Thank Peter L
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