If a guided group tour is not your thing, or your schedule does not match our tours, we offer a fully-inclusive Independent option to explore Trinidad and Tobago and the renowned Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC). An Independent Birding Venture (IBV) is like a “mini-tour” — guides are available during your stay at delightful, small eco-lodges. With an IBV, you pick the start date, the length, and the activity level. Designed for two or more people, travel with that special someone, a family member, or a group of friends. Pick a relaxed-pace journey (Basic, Basic Select) with our two most popular field trips, or turn up the birding intensity (Birder’s Intensive) with outings to additional habitats.

IBVs are great for photographers and for couples or friends with varied interests. Keen birders will want the intensive birding options. Independent travelers join other independents for outings; private outings are subject to availability at additional cost.

All Trinidad IBVs feature time at the celebrated Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC) in the scenic Northern Range — there is no better place to bird on the island. Explore the trails with a naturalist guide, see manakins displaying on leks, and hear the Bearded Bellbird’s strange call. Bird from the famed verandah (where you could see 40 life birds before breakfast!). Hummingbirds and honeycreepers are at arm’s length, while toucans, trogons, and more are just a scope-view away. Tour the Centre’s Dunston Cave to view the breeding colony of Oilbird. A highlight for all visitors is a trip to Caroni National Park, where your day ends with the spectacular flight of Scarlet Ibis returning to their mangrove roosts — truly one of the world’s most dramatic natural moments. At the AWNC, naturalists are on duty to provide walks, answer questions, and to help with identification from the verandah.

Consider AWNC the main ingredient, to which you add your lodging on Tobago — Blue Waters Inn or Cuffie River Nature Retreat.

Next steps? It’s as easy as 1-2-3-4.
1. Choose your dates.
2. Choose your lodges.
3. Choose your optional field trips.
4. Call (800) 426-7781 or email info@caligo.com.

Independent Birding Ventures

Click any of the Independent Birding Ventures below for more information. All pricing is based on double occupancy.

Details High Season
Jan. 15 – Mar. 31
Mid Season
Apr. 1 – 30, Nov. 16 – Jan. 15
Off Season
May 1 – Nov. 15
Two Great Ecolodges: Trinidad’s Asa Wright Nature Centre & Panama’s Canopy Tower
Available June - September. $1600 per person based on double occupancy.
4 nights at the AWNC on Trinidad & 3 nights at one of two lodges on Tobago.
AWNC & Blue Waters Inn $1,795pp $1,595pp $1,395pp
AWNC & Cuffie River Nature Retreat $1,950pp $1,750pp $1,575pp
5 nights at the AWNC on Trinidad & 3 nights at one of two lodges on Tobago.
AWNC & Blue Waters Inn $2,150pp $2,095pp $1,795pp
AWNC & Cuffie River Nature Retreat $2,295pp $2,195pp $1,995pp
5 nights at the AWNC on Trinidad & 2 nights at each lodge on Tobago.
AWNC, Blue Waters Inn & Cuffie River Nature Retreat $2,490pp $2,395pp $2,195pp
5 nights at the AWNC on Trinidad & 3 nights at one of two lodges on Tobago.
AWNC & Blue Waters Inn $2,350pp $2,295pp $1,995pp
AWNC & Cuffie River Nature Retreat $2,495pp $2,395pp $2,195pp
5 nights at the AWNC on Trinidad & 2 nights at each lodge on Tobago.
AWNC, Blue Waters Inn & Cuffie River Nature Retreat $2,750pp $2,595pp $2,295pp

Guidelines for Asa Wright Nature Centre IBV Bookings
• All bookings require a $300 deposit per person within 14 days to confirm the booking.
• Full payment is due 60 days prior to arrival.
• Full payment is due upon booking if tour is less than 60 days ahead.
• Cancellation policies are outlined on the Tour Registration Form.

All of our Trinidad and Tobago IBVs include: Accommodations (with private bath) for the nights specified, airport transfers on both islands, inter-island flights, all meals at lodges (you purchase lunch on your travel day between islands), complimentary early morning and afternoon coffee and tea, a complimentary rum punch at cocktail hour at the AWNC, guided tours as described, and entry fees for activities, boat rides, etc. as part of the itinerary.

A note for planning: Returning from Tobago, you cannot book fights out from Port of Spain earlier than 10:00 AM. Should you wish to take an earlier flight, you will need to add another night on Trinidad to your tour; you can spend much of the day on Tobago, return on an afternoon flight, and stay at one of two recommended hotels by the airport. These hotels have shuttles and are easy to book online (additional cost).


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Photo credits: Banner: Birding on Little Tobago Island, Dodie Logue; Purple Honeycreeper, Peg Abbott; Blue-chinned Sapphire, Peg Abbott; White-necked Jacobin, Peg Abbott; Blue-gray Tanager, Mike Boyce; Great Egret, Peg Abbott; Ruby Topaz Hummingbird, Dave Ramlal; Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Karen Chiasson.