Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
X
 

Dive Review of Manta Lodge/Tobago Dive Experience in
Trinidad and Tobago/Speyside

Manta Lodge/Tobago Dive Experience, Apr, 2014,

by Eric Schindler, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 7582 has 1 Helpful vote.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Diving in Tobago doesn't fit into any of the usual patterns of a Caribbean land based operation. We were there over busy Easter period and had less than six divers on each dive. Sean Robinson, owner of the dive shop and the Manta Lodge is a legend in the sport, and a well known figure/character? in the town. Posted times for dives...and meals are just suggestions and none of the usual regimented structure of dive trips occurs. You learn to relax and take the day as it evolves. Food and lodging are fine - this is a Caribbean dive vacation how it used to be - clean bed, aging lodge, honor system bar for beers and perfect for land based diving of 3-5 days.
So, how is the diving in this neck of the woods? Reefs are in unusually good shape for the Caribbean, and there is still color and fish to some degree. Prepare for currents (drift diving is the norm), surge, swells and excellent visibility (over 100 feet except for one dive close to shore when dropped to 30). We never were able to get to the more advanced, signature, farther offshore sites due to ocean conditions, but this is not uncommon; conditions are said to be calmer in summer. Our dive master had been there three years and only caught a glimpse of hammerheads once, to give you perspective.
Speyside is at the end of the island and I recommend renting a car to give you freedom to explore the island in the afternoons. Best restaurant is Jemma's Tree House - don't miss it!. We checked out Blue Waters for a drink, and ate at Frank's Bird Watch café as well, but food at Manta Lodge was where we ate most of our meals. We spent the last day exploring Trinidad and recommend Asa Wright Nature Center

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Indonesia, Maldives, Various Caribbean, Mexico, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 77-80°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-120 Ft/ 9-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive safe, smart, and within limits. Guide will ascend with you when you are ready
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments We are not photographers. Dive boat is reasonably spacious, and no dedicated camera space, but able to handle a couple of cameras/equipment without problem
Was this report helpful to you?
Report currently has 1 Helpful vote
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 44 dive reviews of Trinidad and Tobago and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

 

Want to assemble your own collection of Trinidad and Tobago reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!


Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2020 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.05 seconds