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“At the edge of the Islands” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chacachacare

Ranked #35 of 94 things to do in Trinidad
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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.
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“At the edge of the Islands”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Sydney, Australia
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“Fascinating and beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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“Fun filled”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

This is a great location for many activities. Camping for a long weekend or spending the day with friends and family. Learn about Trinidad's history. Take a hike to different parts of the island such as various bay, the salt pond, or see the amazing view from the light house. Excellent fishing from different points. Snorkel to your delight as there are many wonderful fishes and under water life to experience. Build camp fire from fallen trees. I have done all of the above and I will continue to do so. I would love others to share in this joy so I hope you all go out and enjoy. Remember please love the environment and take your garbage off the island when you leave.

Visited September 2012
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“Lost Island”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We were lucky to hop on the Treasure Queen Tour boat..what a surprise to find more than 100 people on the 3 deck Cruiser, having a sound system that blew us away...Trini's had a party, "Wining on da cruiser" and they made sure we joined them..with security guards, staff and a DJ asking people not to drink too much, we felt safe and made a lot of friends..they had a bar and food and when we arrived at Chacachacare island, a walk through nature and silence with spectacular views of the ocean were just what we needed..soft rain brought beautiful birds and butterflies to enjoy the drops on the luscious plants. Again, littering on the several beaches were Schocking.. The staff of the cruiser picked up after the Trini's..The ocean were warm and we cooled off after the walk. The boat leaves Chacachacare at 3.30 and arrives at 5pm. On our way back dolphins were playing all along the boat and that made the day complete. We paid 300 Trinidad Dollars for the 2 of us, and it is worth every dollar. A small boat charges 800 dollars and it is not as safe as the big cruiser.

Visited May 2013
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