Aug 1, 2003
Outside Magazine

Tobago at sunset

WAY TO TOBAGO For $596 per person, travelers can stay seven nights at the Ocean Point Hotel, in southeastern Tobago—and get ten boat dives to boot. The 12-room white-stucco hotel, which has kitchenettes in each of its air-conditioned, poolside rooms, caters to divers with its reasonably priced gear-rental program (a BC and regulator cost $10 per dive; snorkeling gear is $10 per day). At Kelliston Drain, off northeastern Tobago, expect to see the largest brain-coral formation in the world. Contact: 868-639-0973,

ARRIBA! From now until October 31, the beachfront Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club, in northern Puerto Rico, is offering four-day packages starting at $555 per double, with a second room for half that price, a total savings of 55 percent off high-season rates. Half-day, two-tank dives are $115, food not included. Prices are not set for multiday dive packages, so expect some jovial haggling with the concierge. Don't worry, it's an island thing. Contact: 800-554-9288,
Diving for Data
Global Vision International's new research trip to the SIAN KA'AN BIO-SPHERE RESERVE, off Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, lets volunteers dive—and HELP SAVE—the world's second-largest barrier reef. Spend two to 20 weeks gathering data on crocodile, fish, and sea turtle populations, training local fishermen, and clearing away invasive species. It might sound like work, and you'll have to sleep in a dormlike cabana, but it costs only $1,045 for a two-week stay at a REMOTE AND TRANQUIL OCEANSIDE research station. Plus, half of your payment goes toward further studies. Contact: 011-44-1582-831300,

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