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Kayaking in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago are islands in the Caribbean Sea so there are countless opportunities for kayaking. But for those who do not want to contend with large waves, waves and ocean currents, Trinidad and Tobago offers a selection of saltwater and freshwater kayaking opportunities coat. In this article we to explore some of these kayaking areas.

Nariva River, Manzanilla, Trinidad

Nariva, on the east coast of Trinidad, is the largest wetland in Trinidad and Tobago with 32 square kilometers of fresh water marsh grass. It combines four major wetland types (mangrove, palm forest, swamp forest, marsh freshwater) and has been officially designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Most of the area's water flows into the Atlantic through the short tidal Nariva River.

The Nariva River provides an opportunity throughout the year for kayaking and empties into the sea at Manzanilla Bay. There are two easily accessible entry points, at the mouth of the river and the bridge along the path of Manzanilla / Mayaro which the river passes. When entering or leaving the river at the mouth of the river at low tide and attention must be careful to ensure that they are not washed into the sea as river flow can be very strong. Along the river you may see alligators basking, while the tarpon (known locally as Écaille large) are sometimes seen near the surface water.

The Nariva Swamp is home to an incredibly diverse array of reptiles, mammals and birds, some of which are rare and endangered. There over 171 species of birds in Nariva, including jumping, tanagers, ant, carancho and climbers. There are five species of parrots (including Macaws), 2 species of owls, Trogones two species, 11 species of hummingbirds, Poto, toucans and limpkins. Nariva is within the blue and gold macaws have been reintroduced to Trinidad. There are 59 species of mammals that can be found in Nariva, including red howler and capuchin monkey (Cebus albifrons) monkeys, deer, porcupines, anteaters, three-toed and silky and opossums. Trinity last survivor of the colony on the West Indian manatee is found in Nariva. Also found in Nariva are different reptiles, including giant anaconda, the fer-de-lance of snakes and alligators.

Ortoire River, Trinidad

In the extreme south of Manzanilla Bay, the Ortoire river flows into the sea and is also a opportunity for kayaking throughout the year. Moreover, from the point of entry into the mouth of the river, another easy entry point is Ortoire River parallel to the bridge over the Rio Claro / Mayaro Road Mayaro outside.

Godineau River, Trinidad

The river is also known as Godineau the South Oropouche River. Kayak in the area Godineau takes you through a variety of habitats, from saltwater mangrove swamp to freshwater marsh areas partially cultivated. A variety of birds can be seen on these kayak trips including Scarlet Ibis, uterus, Osprey, Savannah Hawk, Wattled Jacana, Cattle Egret, Yellow hooded Blackbird, Lesser Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Whistling Duck and a variety of migrating ducks (northern winter).

The river is Godineau one of the rivers in Trinidad that provides an opportunity to kayak all year round as the water level is always sufficient. This kayak trip can be started either from the sea along of the area known as the Mosquito Creek or inland from the wooded area.

Marianne River, Blanchissuesse, Trinidad

The river flows into Marianne Blanchisseuse the sea and the easiest is to start the paddle from the river mouth. This is not an extended kayaking trip for most of the kayakers as upstream is an area known as three swimming pools resulting in a somewhat difficult portage. Kayaking in this area is best towards the end of the rainy season the water level is sufficiently Child high to allow for the entire trip. During the dry season there are parts of the river where the water level drops requires walking the kayaks.

At the mouth River freshwater marsh vegetation exists along the banks of the river, while the freshwater swamp forests that exist on the inside with huge stands bamboo. As a kayak down the river a great variety of birds can be seen as spotted sandpipers, kingfishers, herons and T. Gray verticalis striatum.

At the mouth the river, kayaks are available for hire every day, all year round.

Fullarton, Cedros, Trinidad

All Cedros Peninsula is an experience of birdwatching. Fullarton Swamp is ideal for armchair birder. The road from the village of Icacos Fullarton Villa through the middle of the swamp and so it is possible to see, literally, the birds without leaving your vehicle. better yet come enjoy parking the vehicle and entering the water, allowing you see many of the smaller birds that may be perched in the mangroves. The presence of the road makes the water entry and exit easy. In this area between birds you can see are greater heron, scarlet ibis, Black Skimmer, Black-necked stilt, the Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Yellow hooded Blackbird, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Yellow Tail chinned Spine, Common Moorhen, Snowy Egret.

Chagaramas, Trinidad

Williams Bay, provides Chagaramas opportunities to kayak in ocean waters relatively safe. The bays on the coast, facing the military museum at times you can see marine iguanas on the rocks and sea and capuchin monkeys in the trees.

Kayak rentals are available every day of the year from the Kayak Center.

Another opportunity to kayak in the Chagaramas area begins at the fishing area Almoorings Depot / Marina Inn crew. From this point of departure point can kayak along the coast to the Bocas or south and paddle to Centipede island and then across the channel to Gasparee island.

When paddling in this area should be alert to the different motor boats entering and leaving port various sports, especially on weekends.

Charlotteville, Tobago

Charlotteville is at the end of the Windward Road, Tobago, this picturesque small town located in a bay with the best deep water port Tobago. It borders the lush mountain on one side and the crystal clear waters Bay Man-O-War, on the other. This large deep bay that was once an anchor for English warships, as its name suggests. Today is used as an anchorage away from visiting yachts. The northern part of the bay is called Pirate Bay, which is an indication of its past. Several fringing reefs are found in this bay provides protected anchorage. Kayaks available for rent at bay.

This bay is a turtle nesting site.

Buccoo Bay, Tobago

The blue waters of Buccoo Bay and Bon Accord Lagoon are protected by Buccoo offshore reef, providing a kayaking area with only gentle waves. Kayak rentals are available at the nearby Storebay and in Pigeon Point. The strip of mangrove swamps of the Bon Accord Lagoon contrasting landscape of sandy beaches white along Pigeon Point and at the center of the Bay of Buccoo. The stems of the reef also shelter in neighboring Milford Bay, allowing for a kayak trip south-east of the Bon Accord Lagoon around Pigeon Point and Milford Bay or vice versa.

The next time you are considering holiday activities, consider the opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago kayak.

About the Author

Brian Ramsey operates the web site, Outdoors Trinidad and is the author of the CD, Discovering the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago.

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