Caroni Swamp Tours

Caroni Swamp
Caroni Swamp is a 12,000-acre swamp situated just south of Port of Spain on Trinidad & Tobago’s west coast. Being the second largest mangrove wetlands on the island and the natural nesting home for one of the country’s national birds, Caroni Swamp is protected under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance.

The swamp runs along the banks of the Caroni River and features a maze of channels and lagoons. The central section is designated as a wildlife sanctuary, with the mangrove trees providing the ideal nesting place for the distinctive Scarlet Ibis birds, along with around 100 species of migratory birds, making it perfect for birdwatchers. The main attraction for nature lovers occurs just before sunset, when the ritualistic roosting habits of thousands of the brightly-colored Ibis can be observed close-up. The birds fly in unison to feed and nest here, creating a dazzling cloud of red against the evening sky.

Caroni Swamp is naturally a popular tourist destination, and flat-bottom boats with experienced guides conduct regular tours through the mangroves, helping you to spot the many bird species and other swamp inhabitants, such as crabs, caimans, and boa constrictors. Book a Caroni wetlands boat tour or a Caroni Bird Sanctuary tour from Port of Spain to experience the natural wonders of this unique swamp for yourself.

Did You Know? While the Scarlet Ibis birds are the main attraction at Caroni Swamp, other birds you’re likely to spot here include the neotropic cormorant, large-billed tern, red-capped cardinal, tricolored heron, snowy egret, and the bicolored conebill.

Practical Info

If not arriving as part of an organized tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off from your Port of Spain accommodation, you’ll need to make your own way south until you reach Caroni Swamp along the Uriah Butler Highway. The drive takes around 15 to 20 minutes.
Address: Uriah Butler Highway, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Admission: Dependent on tour
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Kayaking

After a short ½ hour drive we arrive at the Caroni Wetland a 40 square miles mangrove swamp at Trinidad’s North West Coast. We go over a briefing by the local guide, board our kayaks and slowly travel along the beautiful peaceful waterways and lagoons admiring the bizarre Beauty of the Landscape. This tour gives us the opportunity of kayaking through the mangrove waterways and open lakes, offering peaceful setting of lush tropical mangrove and a variety of birds and other wildlife. Keep a watchful eye for the astounding birds, the Scarlet Ibis; Your kayak guide would point out to you the way the mangroves grow and other marine life such as the four-eyed fish that lives in this area of Trinidad . The almost surrealistic beauty of this famous nature resort will amaze you. This tour is a must for visitors with an interest in conservation and the protection of the environment and likes natural surroundings
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Trinidad Northern Eco-Cultural Full-Day Highlights Tour from Port of Spain

Discover northern Trinidad’s historical and natural highlights on this full-day tour from Port of Spain. After a Port of Spain tour, enjoy a scenic drive along the rainforest-and-sea fringed North Coast Road. Stop to relax at Maracas Bay, try a ‘Bake and Fish’ sandwich (own expense), and enjoy a wildlife-watching cruise through the Caroni Bird Sanctuary’s mangroves, observing wildlife and sunset gatherings of scarlet ibis. Hotel pickup and drop-off, plus entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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