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Buccoo Reef

Nanan Eco Tours, Buccoo Reef, Tobago

The Buccoo Reef is one of the most accessible coral reefs in the Caribbean.

  • It is a protected marine park located a short distance off Pigeon Point and store Bay beaches.
  • The reef has a fascinating, colourful underwater life. World famous French oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau visited Tobago's Buccoo Reef and rated it as the third most spectacular reef in the world.
  • The Buccoo reef system is approximately 7 km2 (30 mls.2) in area and consists of an arc of five reef flats that enclose a shallow reef lagoon and the Bon Accord Lagoon. There is patchy distribution mainly staghorn and star coral communities within the reef lagoon.
  • The Bon Accord Lagoon is consists primarily of macroalgae and seagrass communities. The mangrove wetland fringing the lagoon is primarily red mangrove. Seaward of the reef flats, the fore-reef slopes to depths of 15-30 m. Brain coral, star coral, and elkhorn coral are the dominant coral species on the fore-reef.
  • There are daily tours to the reef using glass-bottom boats these allow you to view the reef from inside.
  • You are also given snorkel gear and allowed to swim briefly in some parts of the reef and the adjacent Nylon Pool.
  • The Nylon Pool - so named by Princess Margaret on her visit there in 1962, is a shallow white sand area just behind the Buccoo Reef.