Caroni Bird Sanctuary

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    2:30 PM Valid from the time you exchange your voucher, for the duration selected.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick-up from anywhere in Port of Spain but please contact us to verify. For pick-ups outside of Port of Spain, please contact us as additional fees will apply. Piarco .. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

The Caroni Bird Sanctuary, renowned among ornithologists, is a mangrove swamp covering an area of 40 square miles (103 square kilometers). This 3.5-hour tour features a guided small-group boat excursion through the swamp, which reveals a multitude of birds including its most famous resident, the scarlet ibis, which is the national bird of Trinidad. This dramatic flame-colored bird arrives each day around 5pm to feed at dusk and roost in the mangrove trees and the tour timed to witness its arrival.

Highlights

Excellent value for money

Family friendly

All entrance fees included

Hotel pickup included

Led by a local guide

Know More about this tour

This tour departs from Port of Spain hotels at 3pm daily. A private taxi is provided to transfer your party to and from the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, a drive of about 30 minutes. The sanctuary is a 200-acre (81-hectare) protected area within a large mangrove swamp ecosystem on the northwest coast of Trinidad.

In 1962, when Trinidad and Tobago became an independent nation, the showy scarlet ibis was selected as its national bird, and hunting it was prohibited. Over the years, the Caroni Swamp has become one of the countrys premier tourist attractions.

Once you arrive at the sanctuary, you'll board a large, open flat-bottomed boat that your guide will navigate through the many channels of the vast swamp, stopping at periodic intervals to point out interesting plants, animal life, and bird species. You are likely to see various herons, egrets, terns, cormorants, silky anteaters, and possibly caiman.

The sanctuarys main attraction is the scarlet ibis, Trinidads national bird, which comes in just before dusk to feed and roost on the mangrove plants. After you view the ibiss arrival, the boat returns you to the jetty where you will disembark and take a waiting taxi back to your hotel, arriving at approximately 6:30pm.

Inclusions

Local guide

Live commentary on board

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Caroni Lagoon National Park

Entry/Admission - Caroni Bird Sanctuary

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Not recommended for child aged 3 and under. While viewing the birds everyone is to remain quiet.

Traveler Reviews

  • 31-Dec-2019

    The afternoon that we spent at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary was one of the highlights of our trip to Trinidad. The boat operators are knowledgeable and are very adept at pointing out all manner of animals, snakes, crabs birds, and even termites as you glide through the channels. The big treat comes when you get out into the open water. Egrets, herons and flamingoes share the area, and as evening starts to descend, the scarlet ibises fill the skys as the return to their nesting place for the night. It is a sight to behold!

  • 02-Apr-2017

    A must do while in Trinidad. The Bird Sanctuary was amazing.

  • 08-Feb-2017

    Our driver was on-time to pick us up and was friendly and accommodating! We did love this tour and got to see lots of wildlife. It did rain on us half way into the tour, but nothing that the tour could control. Otherwise, this was well worth it!