While in the Tobago Cays National Marine Park we want you to enjoy the natural beauty of the islands and their surrounding waters and reefs. We want you to have an unforgettable experience in close contact with nature in a careful and considerate manner, so that others after you may have that same unforgettable experience.
The TCMP provides a home to a wide variety of animals and plants that thrive on the Cays and in the protected waters of the TCMP. The systems of coral reefs found in the TCMP contain many of the species native to this part of the Caribbean biogeographic region. Sea turtles, conchs, lobsters, and iguanas all take refuge in the protected area.
The TCMP is made up of a 50 sq. km sand-bottomed lagoon which encompasses a series of beaches surrounding the uninhabited islands of the Cays. Around the windward sides of Mayreau, Union Island and the Cays exists the most extensive and well-developed coral reef complexes in St Vincent. In addition to its coral reefs, TCMP also features small systems of mangroves, a salt pond in Mayreau, and sea grass beds. Principal terrestrial vegetation types include beach vegetation and forests.
Whether you visit the Cays by yacht, day tour, cruise ship, or water taxi hired on one of the nearby islands, as soon as you have taken in some of the overwhelming beauty of the Cays, you will want to explore.