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The Grand Circle Island Tour

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Stop At: Fort King George, Fort Street 84, Scarborough Tobago

In October 1777, Lord George Macartney, British Governor General of Grenada and Tobago, authorized the erection on “Scarborough Hill” of two barracks and double kitchen to house two companies of soldiers, together with capping the hill for a parade ground. By 1779 work was near completion.

In June 1781, Tobago fell to the French. By 1784 the French, under General Blanchelande, began construction of a fort on the hill. Work was halted in 1785 and resumed in 1786 under the administration of Count Dillon. The fort was named “Fort Castries”. In 1789 it was renamed “Fort Republique” and “Fort Liberte” in 1790 when the garrison revolted. The British recaptured the fort in 1793.

Tobago was returned to France in 1801 but by 1803 was again a British Colony. The fort was then referred to as “Fort King George” after King George III, in 1804. On the 11th October 1847 a hurricane damaged and destroyed most of the buildings. A garrison was maintained until 1854.

Today the fort is being restored and reconstructed and will be renamed Fort King George Heritage Park.

Address: 84 Fort Street

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Site Features: Forts, Batteries & Cannons


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Argyle Waterfall, East of Scarborugh Along the Windward Road. 25 km, Scarborough Tobago

At 175 feet (54 meters), Argyle, Tobago’s highest waterfall attracts locals and foreigners to its cascade of cool, crisp water that flows down from three dramatic levels.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago

Tobago is the smaller, relatively northeasterly island of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, with a surface area of about 316 km2. The Main Ridge is literally the backbone of the island, Gutting lengthways across two thirds of Tobago's surface. It encompasses 3958 hectares (9780 acres) of tropical rainforest specifically lower montane, lowland and xerophytic rainforest - and reaches a height of 604 metres. The majority of the forest reserve is lower montane, and is found at heights above 244 metres. This area receives the greatest amount of rainfall, the greatest exposure to wind and the lowest temperatures, making it an Evergreen Forest. The lowland rainforest is characterized by copious growth and is said to be the most prolific of all forest types, occurring here to a maximum of 366 metres. The xerophytic rainforest is found on the southern slopes of the Forest Reserve at heights above 244 metres, and is the driest compared to the other types.

The Main Ridge Forest Reserve is home to a number of flora and fauna; it is estimated that the rainforest provides habitats for twelve to sixteen species of mammals out of the nearly ninety mammal species in the Caribbean region, twenty-four non-poisonous snakes, sixteen lizards and two hundred and ten species of birds, the most outstanding being the bird species Campylopterus ensipennis - the White-tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird - that is both rare and endemic to Tobago. After the 1963 hurricane Flora, many of the flora and fauna populations dwindled or disappeared. The Sabrewing Hummingbird is one of the species that has been recovering since the incident. The bird was declared an Environmentally Sensitive Species by Trinidad and Tobago's Environment Management Authority in 2005. The ridge is also home to the ocellated gecko, an animal that is not found anywhere else in the world.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Flagstaff Hill, Tobago

Off the road between Charlotteville and Speyside, Flagstaff Hill offers amazing panoramic views. You get great views of Man O War Bay, down part of the Caribbean coast, and offshore to the northern edge of Tobago. There's a roundabout at the top of the hill, but no facilities to speak of. A couple benches to sit on, but many points to take great pictures, feel the ocean breeze or have a picnic.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Englishman's Bay, Tobago

On the leeward coast of Tobago, if you look carefully, you will find Englishman’s Bay – a picturesque secluded beach which despite its lack of popularity among beach-goers is arguably Tobago’s most beautiful beach destination. Counted among the top 10 beaches in the Caribbean by many travel magazines and websites, this beach is indeed a diamond in the rough. Located between Castara and Parletuvier about 1. 5 km past Castara, the beach is not visible from the Northside Road. Locating it requires a keen eye for a blue and white sign indicating a left turn. Follow the unpaved road to the end and there you will find the classic crescent shaped beach nestled between the thick tropical rainforest and the clear blue Caribbean Sea. The destination is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and camping. Chairs, umbrellas and snorkelling equipment can be rented. It is a nesting ground for the leatherback turtle and is a popular mooring spot for yachts. There is food on sale as well as local craft.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Fort James, Shellbourne Street Near Recreation Ground, Plymouth Tobago

Fort James in Plymouth, for example, dates from the 1760s. On a British map of 1765, it is marked as a ‘guard house’ and barracks. In 1768, permanent barracks were constructed there, and in 1777, the fort was reinforced. However, it could not withstand the French onslaught and was taken by them in 1781. The British took it back in 1783, then the French again in 1802 and back to the British in 1803.

The remainders of Fort James show the Tudor double rose and are marked with ‘GR’ (George Rex). A separate bastion can be found in the area of Fort James 200m north, and one building 200m east which now houses the Tobago School for the Deaf.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Castara Bay, Tobago

This 308 metre beach has much more to offer than its small size suggests. Set in the quaint village of Castara, this is a picturesque beach packed with activities including swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, snorkelling and fishing.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Parlatuvier Beach, Roxborough - Parlatuvier Road, Parlatuvier Tobago

The blue-green waters of this picturesque destination are inviting for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pirate's Bay, Tobago

Named after the shelter that it provided to marauding buccaneers, three centuries ago, charming and remote Pirate's Bay, with its 225m beach, is the archetypical deserted island beach. It featured extensively in the original 1952 film Robinson Crusoe and can be accessed by land or water.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bloody Bay Beach, Northside Road, Parlatuvier Tobago

Gorgeous fishing cove and facility beach. Perfect for swimming.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Tobago Plantations Beach and Golf Resort, Lowlands Tobago

Tobago Plantations Mangrove. Experience the boardwalk through these fascinating trees.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Fort Granby, Windward Rd Tobago

Beautiful fort on the Atlantic coast in Studley Park.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Mount Irvine Bay, Tobago

Breathtaking Mount Irvine Bay. a surfer's paradise!

Duration: 15 minutes
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Airport Pickup - A.N.R. Robinson International Airport, Crown Point, Tobago (TAB) or where you are staying while in Tobago. Please contact Island Girl Tours with questions not answered here.

Book directly from website and receive a discount.

Airports

  • Tobago Airport, Tobago


Ports
Tobago Terminal, Scarborough, Tobago
Duration
11h
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Binoculars and Bird watching guide
  • Entry/Admission - Fort King George
  • Entry/Admission - Argyle Waterfall
  • Entry/Admission - Main Ridge Forest Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Flagstaff Hill
  • Entry/Admission - Englishman's Bay
  • Entry/Admission - Fort James
  • Entry/Admission - Castara Bay
  • Entry/Admission - Pirate's Bay
Exclusions
  • Use of SCUBA equipment
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Fantastic day out with David who has been a great guide and made us feel like friends. Get to go to places a bigger tour wouldn't be able to go. Lots of special extra touches that you wouldn't get elsewhere. Anyone considering doing this tour, just do it. You won't be
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David was an excellent host and curated a terrific day for us in Tobago. He understood the types of sites and places we wanted to visit and took us to places that we would have never discovered on our own! He ensured that our day was packed with fun, sun, sea, adventure, wonder,
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My best friend and I booked the Hidden Gems tour with David and we are sooo glad we did! David is so friendly and outgoing .. we all instantly became friends from the minute we met. David’s knowledge of the island and the history of the country is unmatched. I would 1000%
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Firstly if you are considering a tour operator on Tobago for an island tour then David is your guy. I have visited Tobago on previous occasions and thought I knew the island pretty well but David showed us places I never before considered or even knew existed. Before we arrived
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Booking this tour over the others was the correct decision I’ve made on my visit to Tobago; David is a phenomenal tour guide; from the moment we were in contact with him; we knew this tour would be special. We were running a little late in the morning and missed our resort’s
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