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Tobago Underwater Carnival 2010


Submitted by Seltab on 2010-04-14 | Last Modified on 2010-04-15

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by RAY SLOPER


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The Tobago Underwater Carnival is a week-long dive festival which will take place in Tobago during the period June 11-18, 2010.

Tobago, sister island to Trinidad & the home of the world famous cultural explosion, Carnival, and a classic example of old-world Caribbean charm, will be taking the party beneath the sea this year with its first dive festival.

Called, Tobago Underwater Carnival, the event is designed to showcase the destination’s rich and diverse ecosystem and the explosion of marine life that can be found off the island’s shores. Hosted by the Tobago House of Assembly Tourism Division (THA), the Association of Tobago Dive Operators and with the support of the Tourism Development Company (TDC), the week-long event is scheduled to take place June 11-18, 2010.

“This is the first event of its kind on the island, and we hope that dive enthusiasts and lovers of the sea will travel to Tobago to enjoy all the events we have scheduled,” said Warren Solomon, director of tourism for the THA. “Trinidad is known for its annual celebration of life, Carnival, and our goal is to put the spotlight on Tobago’s amazing undersea world and one-of-a-kind aquatic offerings.”

With the wide selection of scheduled activities, the festival will provide both experienced and amateur divers opportunities to fine-tune their skills while exploring the enchanting world beneath its aquamarine and cobalt blue waters. Key events include: an amateur underwater photography competition with cameras supplied by Sealife, a leading manufacturer of underwater cameras and accessories for marine photography; dive and photography seminars hosted in part by Dive Training, Scuba Diving and Sport Diver magazines; dive and snorkel gear demonstrations for both adults and kids with equipment supplied by Scubapro, a premier producer of scuba diving equipment; Discover Scuba for kids; and the Rogest Kids Gallery, a two-day aquatic art workshop for children between the ages of 6 and 11, hosted by renowned Canadian artist, Ron Steven.

During the festival, Sealife will provide marine shutterbugs with free product samples to use on dives as well as tips on taking photos and techniques to review and edit images. In addition, Scubapro will provide festival participants with the opportunity to try snorkel and dive equipment throughout the weeklong event.

Tobago’s coast is a haven for tarpons, turtles, sharks and even the occasional manta ray due to the slow flow of the Guyana current that moves up the eastern coast of South America and washes the southern and eastern shores of Tobago. Divers and underwater photographers have the opportunity to see more than 400 species of fish and marine creatures in the island’s waters. In addition, the destination is home to the world’s largest recorded brain coral, spanning more than 20 feet wide, off the coast of Speyside. Visitors to the Underwater Carnival won't have to be expert divers to get in on the action, as events have been designed for those of all abilities. The schedule includes workshops on underwater photography, opportunities to try out the latest diving equipment and art workshops for children.No matter what time of year people visit the island they are guaranteed to be able to dive and take in the Caribbean marine life. Species that can be seen include turtles, manta rays, sharks and a multitude of other marine creatures.

Registration for the Tobago Underwater Carnival is $75 USD and includes access to event seminars, discounts on select land-based tours and restaurants, free entry into the amateur underwater photography contest and dive package specials. For more information on hotel partners and schedule of activities, visit tobagounderwatercarnival.com. Or contact rays@seltab.com Seltab Dive professionals

About Tobago:

Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the five-time consecutive award winner for World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards from 2003 to 2007. For more information on Tobago, visit www.visittobago.gov.tt. See you there.

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