Trinidad & Tobago birdwatching small group tour

“Trinidad and Tobago’s diverse birdlife is revealed on this small group tour, staying for five nights on each island in superb accommodation, with guided birding and free time, too.”


Asa Wright Nature Centre, with 159 bird species | High elevation birds on way to Blanchisseuse | Nariva Swamp | Oilbirds at Dunstan Caves | Aripo Savannah | Arena Forest | Waders at Waterloo Mudflats | Roosting Scarlet Ibis at Caroni Bird Sanctuary | Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, with 210 bird species | Glass-bottom boat tour to Little Tobago Bird Sanctuary | Full day island tour of Tobago

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

On this tour you will stay at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad, which has become a model for sustainable development and ecotourism projects in the Caribbean, winning many prestigious national, regional and international awards. The Lodge at the Asa Wright Centre is a comfortable non-profit making hotel, most of their funds come from their guest facilities and you can therefore help them develop their conservation efforts just by visiting the Centre.

When building Cuffie River nature Retreat, your lodge in Tobago, as few trees as possible were removed. This means that, given its location in the middle of a heavily forested area, the building draws an additional cooling advantage from the presence of the many surrounding trees. Green technology was employed in the design and construction of the Retreat. For instance, its floors and external walls are made of clay tiles and bricks respectively, because they do not attract the heat of the sun and help to keep the building cool. The buildings are designed to utilize nature’s energy-saving gifts of light and air, thus making air-conditioning unnecessary. A permanent rain-fed water system, eliminates the use of chlorine for purification. Instead, a charcoal filter is used to filter the water before pumping it into the taps and the swimming pool utilizes salt instead of chlorine.

On this tour, you will visit various bird sanctuaries and national parks, many of which do not normally benefit from visits from mainstream tourism. The entrance fees we pay to enter these go directly to sustaining them.

Wherever you travel, you will be accompanied by well-trained and experienced local guides, who are familiar with their environment and are responsible for protecting it, offering advice on how to preserve the delicate balance of nature. They are also of course, best placed to know where to find the various species of birds.

The Impacts of this Trip

We only employ local guides, who we know and trust completely, and do not send a leader from the UK to accompany you on this tour.

During this trip you will be based at two different properties, both of which are located in rural areas close to the local communities. These hotels are the main source of employment for the nearby villages and local people are trained in a wide range of skills.

At the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad all their resident guides are trained in conservation and wildlife and sometimes even sponsored through to University graduation. The Centre actively participates in the life of the surrounding local communities and all of the Centre’s employees, including the birding guides come from the nearby villages. The Centre is committed to conservation education at all levels and approximately 4000 local school children visit the estate each year.

The concept of the eco-tourism resort where you will stay in Tobago, was born out of the rural development experience of owner/manager, Regina Dumas. Her work in this field led her throughout the Caribbean where issues affecting rural people and their livelihoods were all too evident. For Regina, the human, environmental and infrastructural factors were found to be the most significant to the well-being of the rural sector and thus played a central role in the envisioning and development of this project. The result is a beautiful blending of attractive architecture, set in the midst of idyllic rainforest, and with warm and welcoming hospitality awaiting every guest who enters the eco-lodge.


1 Reviews of Trinidad & Tobago birdwatching small group tour

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The balcony on the Asa Nature Reserve

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take a light raincoat even if it is the dry season

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes to some extent. Getting there is different

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Thoroughly enjoyable, nice food, friendly staff and good naturalists. It was a sheer joy. Liked the complete difference between Asa Wright and the Blue Waters Inn which is also a great place in a wonderful location on the waters edge.

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