Enjoy the very best of Tobago with Cuffie River nature and bird-watching tours
We offer a variety of guided, interpretive rainforest tours tailored to the needs of the guest: from a two-hour stroll to a full day's hike. All tours in the Cuffie River environs are led by our trained and Award-winning guide whose knowledge of the flora, fauna and bird life will certainly impress you. Wander through the rainforest trails and listen to the music of the rainforest wildlife, waterfalls and streams. Wend your way through vegetation ancient and new, stumble upon fruit growing in the wild, discover streams and waterfalls and, most of all, lose yourself in the pleasures offered by the vibrant bird life all around you!
Our guide will treat you to fresh coconut water, cocoa from the pod, fresh sugar cane and a variety of citrus crops. He will also share with you traditional knowledge of the healing uses to which various leaves, herbs, grasses and roots can be put, as well as, very importantly, the social and cultural history of Tobago on this part of the island.
Return from your walk and take a dip in our swimming pool. Or merely bask on the elevated pool deck while watching the vibrant bird life all around you!
But there is more! We offer a variety of other tours around and throughout the island from wetlands birding to beach outings to snorkelling trips to sunset sailings to cultural tours. And, we use the best guides for those who prefer guided tours on the island. Or, you may choose to rent a vehicle and explore the island yourself! We would be pleased to make these arrangements for you.
And the best time of year to do all of this? All year round! Whether in the dry or the green season, Tobago's superb weather patterns make everything possible all of the time.
For the guests not residing at Cuffie River Nature Retreat who nonetheless wish to do a guided tour with us and/or to have lunch or any other meal at the Retreat, please note that this is entirely possible.
It is important to be aware, however, that a reservation should be made at least one day in advance and that we do not conduct tours on Saturdays. Lunches and other meals are available in principle all week but a booking must be made.
Nature walks through the woods surrounding the Cuffie River estate. Our award-winning guide will share his vast knowledge of the flora, fauna and bird life with you. Acquaint yourself with the history of Tobago by visiting our old sugar mills and the final resting place of the last British plantation owner of the Runnemede estate. Taste cocoa picked from the trees for your enjoyment, chew on sugar cane that we cut for you and drink fresh, sweet coconut water straight from the nut itself! And, of course, bird watch with our trained and experienced guide and view species both rare and lovely.
This tour offers a scenic drive through the Main Ridge and Forest Reserve, through beautiful and picturesque villages. On arrival in Speyside you are taken on a water tour in a glass-bottomed boat, which allows you to view the reefs and the wonder of the marine life that abounds there. Snorkelling equipment is provided for those who wish to have a closer look at the interesting species to be found. A visit to Little Tobago allows you to view at close range nesting sea bird colonies such as the red-billed tropicbird, the brown booby, the frigate bird and the pelican.
Enjoy a combination fishing/snorkelling/sea-bathing and barbecue lunch trip originating in Buccoo and allowing you an opportunity to swim with dolphins once they are spotted. See how large a fish you can catch with the equipment provided then barbecue your catch. Snorkel in between at the beautiful reefs along the coast then lunch at one of the many quiet secluded beaches.
Visit historic sites including Fort King George, the Tobago Museum, French Fort and Plymouth – the former capital. Acquaint yourself with the intriguing history of Tobago as you go from one Fort to the next and learn the history of Tobago’s encounter with the particular power that established these monuments that exist up to today.