Sailing & Watersports: CocoMotion
RSR Reviewed in February 2005 by Jill Wooler
Together with friends Chris and Gill, I arrived at Mt. Irvine Bay beach at 8.45 a.m. and was met by Marlon and Rachel, who operate Coco Motion, a streamlined and luxurious 31ft cigarette-hulled powerboat that once won the annual Trinidad-to-Tobago Great Race.
Looking absolutely beautiful, Coco Motion, was already moored close to the beach. She was about to take us and another small group of visitors on a three hour snorkelling tour along Tobago’s Caribbean coast.
Marlon is a licensed boat captain and has extensive knowledge of the waters around Tobago, and both he and Rachel are PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, so we felt that we were in safe, professional hands.
We were carefully helped aboard and Gill and I were lucky enough to be shown to the front of the powerboat, directly in front of Marlon at the helm. Comfortable padded seats were fitted, fore and aft, and life jackets, snorkelling equipment and refreshments were all provided.
Once everyone was safely on board, Coco Motion’s powerful twin engines burst into life. Immediately, we began travelling at high speed, scudding over the waves and moving rapidly past many secluded, palm fringed beaches along the Caribbean coastline - some only accessible by sea. The scenery was absolutely spectacular as we moved north eastwards past the forest-clad hills and bluffs with small villages nestling amongst them. Marlon told us to look out for dolphins; they enjoy the speed and often like to frolic around the boat, but unfortunately we didn’t see any on this trip. He also informed us that we were heading towards Emerald Bay which is only accessible by boat and lies just beyond the fishing village of Castara.
We dropped anchor in the beautiful and secluded Emerald Bay. The Bimini top was put up to provide a shady spot for those who do not want too much sun and we all enjoyed some welcome drinks and fresh tropical fruit before preparing to snorkel. Marlon took great care to ensure that everyone had correctly-fitting equipment and was very knowledgeable and helpful about the coral reefs and the best and safest places to snorkel. He even had comfortable waistcoat-style life jackets for anyone less than confident in the water.
I always enjoy snorkelling and in this lovely bay I saw a great variety of beautiful, colourful fish - many that I had never seen before and could not immediately identify. On board, to solve this problem, there were fish identification cards so you could immediately find out which fish you had seen whilst still fresh in your memory.
We turned round at Emerald Bay and headed back at high speed to Arnos Vale, which is renowned for its spectacular snorkelling. Arriving, we moored close to the beach. The marine life was extremely good – an abundance of fish of many varieties could be seen without having to search too hard. Back on board, we were again served some refreshing drinks and tropical fruit and also a chunk of Rachel’s famous carrot cake, which was absolutely delicious.
On the way back to Mount Irvine Bay, Marlon told me that as well as the three-hour snorkelling tours which leave Mount Irvine Bay at 9.00am and 1.00pm, they also offer scuba diving and exclusive private boat charters, tailor-made to your requirements. They even do full-day private charters and get up as far as Charlotteville, when water conditions permit, not to mention shorter private trips for everything from wedding proposals to ‘hen’ outings and wedding anniversaries.
All too soon, we arrived back at Mount Irvine Bay, having had the most glorious morning. Everything had been perfect – a beautiful sunny day, perfect sea conditions, great snorkelling, delicious refreshments and fine company.
I thoroughly recommend this snorkelling tour on Coco Motion and would say that a visit to Tobago is not complete unless you experience the beauty, thrill and excitement of this trip.
Thank you, Coco Motion!
General questions and reports about this service should be posted in our Tobago discussion forum. Please contact the firm direct for information about prices and availability.
Telephone: (868) 639-2449
Cell: (868) 686-0082