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Taken with Tobago BY SANDY MURRAY, HOMEWORKER It really is amazing the opportunities we get as travel agents. One minute I'm at an event talking to Tobago Tourism Sales and Marketing Manager, Stephen Smith (who it turned out had hosted me on a Cayman Islands trip 16 years ago!), the next I'm at Manchester Airport about to embark on the most amazing trip to Tobago – an island which claims to be unspoilt. Putting my watch back four hours to the local time, I settled into my flight with Thomas Cook, dreaming of sandy beaches and palm trees. I wasn't disappointed when I arrived at Le Grand Courlan Spa, which overlooks Stonehaven Bay, an uncommercial beach that attracts turtles for six months from March to August. Excited to make the most of this Caribbean adventure, I was surprised to hear that we would be attending Sunday School at 21.30 that evening – but I soon learnt this was no ordinary Sunday service! Instead of hymns and a stuffy church I turned up at a vibrant street party, complete with a steel drum band, rum punches and no religious element whatsoever. My kind of Sunday School! The next day we visited historical sites Fort Bennett and Fort James before attempting to decipher the Mystery Tombstone of Betty James, which reads: ' She was a mother without knowing it, and a wife without letting her husband know it except by her kind indulgence to him'. Curious!

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Our next stop proved perfect for bird watchers: the Adventure Nature Park is home to a huge number of hummingbirds that flock around feeders – perfect for that close-up photo. Hungry for some traditional Tobago food, we headed to the Blue Crab restaurant, run by long-term couple Kenneth and Alison Sardinha. Not only were we served a delicious meal, but by chance we also managed to look in on the couple whilst they filmed with celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott! As an animal welfare ambassador, I was keen to

visit Corbin Local Wildlife Park the next day. Having checked into Mt Irvine Bay Resort, another lovely hotel set in 154 acres and overlooking the sea, we explored this park which rescues and breeds endangered local wildlife. I was thrilled to learn about the ‘breed and release’ programme and we even saw an ocelot cat that had been rescued. The trip ended with a boat tour of Buccoo Reef with its turquoise Nylon Pool and, of course, time spent at Pigeon Point, which is often considered Tobago's most beautiful beach and great for people watching. I left already wanting to return. Tobago really is unspoilt, untouched and undiscovered.

Clockwise from top left: A hummingbird at the Adventure Nature Park; Tobago sunset; Sandy (centre) with Kenneth and Alison Sardinha at the Blue Crab restaurant; Pigeon Point Heritage Centre,; an ocelot at the Corbin Local Wildlife Park.

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