Bermuda's temperate climate, endless coastline and clear waters make it a superb destination for all manner of water sports. On land, several outfits offer walking and driving tours with a historical, cultural, or nature angle.
Diving & Snorkeling
With exceptionally good visibility, reefs teeming with fish and over 300 shipwrecks to choose from, Bermuda is a world-class diving destination. Many of the wrecks are in shallow waters, so standard PADI Open Water certification is sufficient; some are accessible to snorkelers as well. All diving outfits in Bermuda offer certification courses and beginner dives. Many dive sites are close to the coast, but it's worth doing an all-day diving trip to North Rock, 9 miles off the North Shore. It has the most diverse concentration of sealife in Bermuda.
Top Dive Sites
With over 300 dive sites around the island – a mix of shipwrecks and reefs – divers in Bermuda are truly spoiled for choice. Many of the wrecks lie in shallow waters, accessible to novice divers.
Cristóbal Colón Bermuda’s largest shipwreck, this 1923 Spanish cruise liner lies in shallow waters (9m) between North Rock and North Breaker. Its shell attracts numerous colorful reef fish.
Mary Celestia Confederate War–era blockade runner sunk in 1864, sits on top of a reef at 17m. One of its paddles is still intact.
Two Tugs The King was purposely sunk in 1984 to become Bermuda’s first artificial reef; it attracts plenty of marine life. It’s separated by a patch of sand from the Forceful, where divers can swim under the huge propeller and through the engine room.
Constellation & Montana The Montana is a Confederate War–era blockade runner with its paddlewheels still intact, while the Constellation was a Venezuela-bound American schooner that sank almost on top of the Montana. Exciting shallow dive.
North Rock Largest coral reef in Bermuda, 12 miles from shore. Huge fans, candelabra corals, plenty of reef fish and maze-like channels to explore.
Lost in Translation A South Shore dive with patches of reef and swim-through passageways.
Virginia Merchant The 17th-century ship has long disintegrated, though you can still see parts of it, and there’s a maze-like reef with tunnel-like swim-throughs for experienced divers.
Tarpon Hole Honeycombed reef near Elbow Beach that attracts jacks, snappers and other big fish. Beautiful varieties of coral, too.
South West Breaker Beautiful walls and large quantity of pelagic fish, from barracuda to grouper and snapper.
Cathedral Stunning reef dive, complete with overhangs, canyons and caves. You’re likely to see snapper, massive tarpons and schools of parrotfish.
Bermuda has a high density of challenging golf courses, four of them designed by Robert Trent. With balmy year-round weather and sea views, they attract both golfing champions and movie stars. Most of the golf courses are private but welcome non-members.
Bermuda is steeped in history and rich in flora, and exploring the island on foot is extremely rewarding. Several operators run entertaining and educational driving or walking tours of the island. Hidden Gems emphasizes Bermuda's natural attractions, while Byways Tours and Bermuda Lectures & Tours delve into history and culture, as well as flora.
Sailboats and Hobie Cats can be rented at several resorts and Bermuda is a highly popular destination for yachters. There are numerous regattas that you can take part in, and even if you don't sail yourself, it's worth catching a Fitted Dinghy Race; these are held on Sundays in various bays around Bermuda between May and September. In 2017, Bermuda will be hosting one of the world's most prestigious sailing events, the America's Cup.
Calm, shallow waters, secluded bays and coastal mangroves make for terrific kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Best spots include St George's Harbour, Great Sound, Ely's Harbour (near Somerset Bridge) and Long Bay near Daniel's Head Park. More adrenalin-charged activities include wakeboarding, kitesurfing, and parasailing, arranged in Flatt's Inlet, Somerset Bridge, and the Dockyard, respectively. Jet skiing, while not an ecofriendly activity, is hugely popular in the Dockyard and St George's. Also in the Dockyard, you can try out a hydroboard or pedal a hydrobike.
The annual humpback whale migration passes by Bermuda in March and April and five operators run whale-watching trips to see these leviathans breach, flap their fins and shoot off streams of water. Island Tour Centre, at the Royal Naval Dockyard and in the city of Hamilton, can arrange tours with any of the operators.