Forget the Bermuda Triangle. Forget the CIA. Forget UFO. And forget the dark side of the moon. Because if you won’t, you will avoid Bermuda and will hopelessly miss the magnificent world of Bermuda snorkeling.
Bermuda is known for its amazingly clear turquoise waters, soft sandy beaches and most of all for its vast array of coral reefs. Even if you’re off to just swimming on the beach and you take a peek at the bottom of the reef, the beauty of the sight will be enough to beckon you for snorkeling. If you’re ready for Bermuda snorkeling, all you need is a snorkel, mask, and fins and you’re all set to explore. If you can swim, you can snorkel. There are no tours by boats or fancy trips to secluded hidden paradise. The paradise is on the beaches. A handful of companies can help you if you’re not comfortable swimming alone; otherwise, you can always hit the water on your own.
The best places for Bermuda snorkeling are public beaches. You almost never have to travel very far since most of the entire beach length is full of life. Almost everywhere is something interesting to see. North of St. George’s Golf Club is the Tobacco Bay – your Bermuda snorkeling destination. Tobacco Bay is very shallow although it gets a bit deeper as the ocean meets the beach waters. But the under water life here is so vibrant it is imperative to bring your family with you. Don’t enjoy this underwater scenery alone.
On the southeastern shore and east of Spittal Pond Nature Reserve and Watch Hill Park, is John Smith’s Bay, another top Bermuda Snorkeling location. Another superb Bermuda snorkeling spot is West Whale Bay; it lies along the south shore at the west end of Southampton, west of the Port Royal Golf Course. This snorkeling spots are very convenient for snorkelers staying at St. George or at a hotel near the airport.
If you’re docked in Hamilton, then a worthwhile place to visit is Church Bay. It lies on south Bermuda, west of the Fairmont Southampton Golf Club and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. The Church Bay is a protected cove, carved out of coral cliffs by elements and time. These reefs are fairly close to land so no special equipment is needed to be prepared. Since Bermuda is facing a huge part of the ocean, the waves can get rough so exercise an extra caution and everything should be fine.