- 3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
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.
- Excellent value for money
- Family friendly
- All entrance fees included
- Hotel pickup included
- Led by a local guide
- Local guide
- Live commentary on board
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Caroni Lagoon National Park
- Entry/Admission - Caroni Bird Sanctuary
- Food and drinks
Tour departs from Port of Spain hotels.
Valid from the time you exchange your voucher, for the duration selected.
Returns to original departure point
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 country’s 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 sanctuary’s main attraction is the scarlet ibis, Trinidad’s national bird, which comes in just before dusk to feed and roost on the mangrove plants. After you view the ibis’s 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.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- 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.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.