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“Definitely worth a day off” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chacachacare

Chacachacare
Trinidad
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Ranked #20 of 53 Attractions in Trinidad
Type: Islands, Cultural
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Owner description: This mysterious, uninhabited island, once the site of a colony of lepers run by a group of nuns, is only five miles off the northwest coast of Trinidad.
Berlin, Germany
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“Definitely worth a day off”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Assuming the opportunity (your really need a private charter or your own boat) a visit to the island is definitely worth your time - there something to be said about these abandoned constructions and relics. Sometimes spoiled by partiers but definitely worth your time !

Visited February 2014
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“Amazing and fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I went to Chac about 10 years ago when my grandparents has a yacht in T&T. I was only about 11 at the time, and we spent a week out there. We were the only yacht and visitors there and I remember it being eerie but all fantastic. The whole island is abandoned. You can look through all the old houses, fire station, hospital etc, and I remember there being a strange feeling. There's a graveyard for the nuns and doctors who worked there, and I just remembered how it felt magical. Everything, except the hospital which broken glass bottles had been smashed across the hospital was in tact. You could even look through the hospital record book. It was hugely overgrown but I really want to go back there and take my children there, hopefully, it will still be there by that time. I would advise anyone who goes to T&T especially those with children to visist there. Not only for the overgrown, abandoned society but for the waters around it. I remember one night lying on the deck and looking at the stars- obviously there was no light pollution and I've never seen so many stars in my life. It lit up the whole sky, like it was day. Going swimming around the island, we saw dolphins, turtles, eagles rays and a variety of exotic fish.

Visited January 2014
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“At the edge of the Islands”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Located at the edge of the Bocas, this island is quiet and deserted save for other bathers or boaters. While Scotland Bay and others tend to overflow with loud partiers, this is a rarity here. There are beaches on different sides of the island, but the best are closeby the jetty. Go through the treeline straight from the jetty and you find a clean beach facing Venezuela just 7 miles away with good snorkeling off the beach and calm waters. The other beach is reached when going up the lighthouse road and taking a steep dirt path to the right and you come out on a clean, shallow beach. Other beaches are relatively inundated with trash and manchineel trees, so beware. The island is best explored with a guide. Trekking to the Leper colony ruins is a worthy trip. Another option is the lighthouse at the top of the road that starts right off the jetty. Keep in mind, the road to lighthouse has little to no shade so bring water and a hat as you will bake in the sun on the walk up. Views from the lighthouse show you the bocas, Gulf of Paria, of Trinidad, and Venezuela. When visiting the island, you need to bring all your gear and supplies as there are no facilities anywhere on the island. Functioning cell phone for emergencies is a must as well. It's an island steeped in history, and absolutely worth a visit.

Visited November 2013
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“Fascinating and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I visit Trinidad about once every two years to visit a friend living there. I was luck enough to be able to dive off their boat to swim through amazing waters and walk up onto the island. Explored fascinating old ruins and tracks and it really was just a unique and special place. Highly recommended!

Visited February 2013
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“A Beautiful island slowly being destroyed by Trinidadians”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

I was finally able to visit this island as part of a tour with Caribbean Hiking Adventures. It is a beautiful island that is slowly being destroyed by Trinidadians. But destruction aside I would recommend anyone to visit.

The boat takes about 45 - 60 minutes with departure from Crew's Inn (in Chaguaramas). As you sail through the Bocas it is interesting to observe how the water changes from Tea Green to dark brown-black and then back to Tea green. Also as expected, some parts of the Bocas are turbulent and rough...this is a normal phenomenon.

As the boat docks you are treated to a stunning view of the cliffs and sheltered bays of the island. Unfortunately, you will be greeted by mounds and mounds of thrash. The island is frequented by several party boats (in fact one of them was there while we visited). The intoxicated revellers drop their thrash all over the island and simply do not care. Others make an attempt to use the bins provided but these bins are over flowing...an indication that they are not emptied at all.

Problems aside there are many things to do. If you are fit enough, I recommend making the trek up the road to the lighthouse. Be warned, this road can be a challenge...hiking in the forest is different to hiking up a paved road. The midday sun makes this trek insanely difficult. Stay hydrated and you will make it eventually. At the top you will get stunning views of mainland Venezuela as well as Huevos, Monos and mainland Trinidad.

On your way back down...take some time to observe the vegetation. There are a lot of Cacti...similar to Isla Margarita.

Of course no trip to Chacachacare would be complete without a sea bath at La Tinta Bay. This Bay is shallow and calm. Its perfect for families. However there are some poisonous trees growing on the shore and again...thrash is strewn everywhere.

Nonetheless, Chacachacare is awesome! I recommend it to anyone!

Visited October 2013
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