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Tobago Cays

20 May, 2009

Tobago Cays – The Marine Park of the Caribbean Sea

Tobago Cays

Tobago Cays are an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea that consists of five small islands lie on the sea uninhabited. Their names are Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradol, Petit Tobac and Jamesby. They are the islands of the South Grenadines and they are known all over the world due to their exquisite beauty and unique natural elements. The Tobago Cays operate today as a Marine Park, administrated by the governments of the Grenadines and St. Vincent.

The Marine Park covers a sand lagoon of 1,500 acres and includes the Horseshoe Reef – one of the longest reefs in the world (4km). There are, though, two small animals, the Canouan and the Maureau, where most tourists stay when they travel to this area, to admire the natural environment or to scuba-dive.

Sea sports and activities are the main themes here; scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing are among the top choices of the tourists. Most of them come to these islands just to see the famous reefs and enjoy the sapphire waters of the Grenadines. Fishing enthusiasts also visit the area, as fishing is free and there are daily or even weekly cruises, organised just for those who want to experience fishing in the Atlantic.

The Tobago Cays are impressive and feature also the smallest island in the world, called Morpion; it is an island made of sand. The ecosystem though is considered to be in danger, as tourism has started spoiling the area. Ecologists are mostly concerned about the reef, as there are numerous physical impacts and wastes that threaten the reef and the waters. However, until today, the Tobago Cays are considered to be the best place to dive or snorkel.

There is a vast array of restaurants and bars on the small islands of the Grenadines, surrounding the Cays. There is also a Bob Marley bar, dedicated to the Jamaican singer.

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