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Great and Little Tobago Island

Posted by Naz on April 26, 2018
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As you proceed with your BVI yacht charter, you will find the Great Tobago island along with its smaller sibling Little Tobago to be located about six miles west of the Jost Van Dyke. For Anchorage, about two miles west of Jost Van Dyke there’s good weather for day anchorage in the bay on the leeward side of the Island. For yacht charters, it is good to be wary of the current of the sea. The islands are protected as a national park, it is prohibited to go ashore on the island. This is in order to not distort the natural wildlife. Also, there are coral reefs around the available anchoring locations, these reefs can be damaged if anchorage is done in such locations.

General Information

Great Tobago and Little Tobago are uninhabited islands of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean sea. The Great Tobago island is about 210 acres whereas its small sibling is about 55 acres. The islands are surrounded by rugged cliffs and the seabeds reach to a depth of 165 feet, so you need to be careful as you navigate your chartered yacht. Great Tobago has the Caribbean’s third largest population of nesting seabirds. There are seabirds such as Terns, Pelicans and other species which can be seen on this island. It is also the only nesting site in the whole British Virgin Islands for magnificent frigatebirds. Even though it is prohibited to anchor, swimming and snorkelling are legal. There are quite a few diving locations around the islands. It is an ideal location to stop by on your BVI yacht charter expedition.

Sunset view over the Great and Little Tobago Island of British Virgin Islands, Captured by: edpiot (Source: Instagram)
Sunset view over the Great and Little Tobago Island of British Virgin Islands, Captured by: edpiot (Source: Instagram)

What to do in Tobago Island?

These islands are protected as National Park, hence it is uninhabited. Also, as no yacht charter tourists are allowed to go ashore. This is why there aren’t any restaurants present on the island. In order for refreshment, it is better to bring your own or go the nearest island with such facilities. The Islands are restricted to enter but the view from afar is still worth the visit. Also If your a Bird-Watcher and haven’t seen the Magnificent Frigatebird, what are you waiting for? Pack your things and charter a yacht to visit the Great Tobago.

Great and Little Tobago Island, Photo by: jakes.life (Source : Instagram)


The islands are surrounded by various dive sites, where you could notice seabirds ferns, brown pelicans etc when are hungry. Eastern side of Great Tobago Island there is the Mercurious Rock which is an ideal place for experienced divers to explore. These dive sites can be used to explore the sea creatures available in underwater.

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