Swimming and Snorkeling in Bermuda means spending time in the shallow waters over the reef; waters that are renowned for their clarity. If you like swimming and snorkeling, you can stop virtually anywhere on one of the coast roads, park your moped or bicycle, walk a short distance, and find yourself on a sandy beach with a vast expanse of deep blue ocean stretching into the distance.
For snorkeling, the south side of the island group is the easiest and most accessible. The beaches, bays and inlets offer numerous possibilities and the best spots are only as far away as the nearest beach. Swimming and snorkeling abound along the coast road to St. George’s, the east end of the island from Achilles Bay to Buildings Bay, a 12-mile line of beaches on the South Shore from John Smith’s Bay in the east to Church Bay in the west, and from Devil’sHead Beach Park to the Mangrove Marina at the extreme northwest tip of the island.
To the west, around St. George’s, there’s Whale Bone Bay,Tobacco Bay, Achilles Beach Park, and the beaches just south of St. Catherine’s Point. From West Whale Bay all along the south coast as far as John Smith’s Bay to the east, you can just about take your pick and you won’t be disappointed. The short stretch of water from and including Horseshoe Bay to Jobson’s Cove offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling. Go when the water is quiet and watch out for sudden surges that can wash you onto the rocks.
Church Bay on the South
Shore and Shell Bay on the
North Shore are particularly
well suited to snorkeling, and
the beaches there are regarded
as some of the best on
the islands. Mangrove Bay,
Long Bay and the beaches just north of Ely’s Harbour also offer splendid snorkeling, as do those off Spanish Point.
A great way to enjoy swimming and snorkeling adventures in Bermuda is to book a Snorkeling Cruise. These leave specified pick-up points and head out to remote and often secluded beaches and shallows where you can enjoy the wonders of the deep without a care in the world and instruction for the novices.
Another good choice for fun underwater is Helmet Diving. You'll walk the sandy bottom for 30 minutes or so and see the colorful coral formations and hundreds of multicolored fish waiting for handouts. No matter what your age, from five to 85, if you can negotiate the ladder, you can enjoy the wonders of the undersea world, and you don’t even have to be able to swim. The entire experience is like a walk in a garden.
Snorkeling equipment is available for rent at most of the major hotels and dive shops around the island – see Equipment Rental. You will also find that most charter boats rent equipment.
For visitors arriving by air, Bermuda is served by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe. Bermuda is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry
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