Discover Bermuda’s Great Sound

Bermuda’s Great Sound is a natural treasure for those who love being on the water. Experience it for yourself.

  • Natural Wonders,
  • Sailing
Aerial view of the Great Sound.

Filling in the southwestern scoop of the island’s distinctive fishhook shape, the Great Sound forms a natural harbour that hosts everything from cruise ships and sailboats to sea life.

The Great, Calm Sound 

The Great Sound is bordered by land on three sides and open to the North Atlantic Ocean. Most cruise ships arriving in Bermuda dock at King's Wharf in Royal Naval Dockyard, which sits at the entrance to the Great Sound. Little Sound to the south and Hamilton Harbour to the east are also part of this body of water.

A coral reef stretches across the entrance to the Great Sound from the Dockyard to Stovell Bay, forming a natural barrier that helps buffer the waves and currents of the Atlantic Ocean. This is why the Great Sound is praised for its relative calm compared to the island’s outer shores. 

Many small islands dot the Sound, especially toward its eastern half: Hawkins Island, Long Island, Marshall Island, Hinson Island and Darrell's Island are just a few. You can sail around the islands on a boat charter, or rent a pontoon boat or jet ski to go island-hopping on your own.

See it from water

Of course, Bermuda offers abundant options when it comes to on-the-water adventures.

Sail It

With Bermuda's temperate year-round climate and the Great Sound's near-perfect sailing conditions, getting on the water is the way to go. 

Rent A Boat

Rent a pontoon boat, jet ski or kayak to explore the Great Sound on your own. This is ideal if you have a whole day or more to spend. 

Book a Private Charter 

For romantic or intimate excursions, nothing beats a private charter. Sit back and relax as your captain whisks you through jewel-toned open waters and island-dotted bays.

A group of people are jumping off a boat charter.

Ride the Ferry

Arrive or depart from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal and you’ll cruise right through the Great Sound. This affordable ride may be brief, but it's a great way to experience the island breezes and beautiful views.

Take a Sunset Cruise

The Great Sound at sunset is a spectacular sight. Popular with couples, families and groups of all kinds, sunset cruises are a perfect way to wind down while soaking up beautiful views. For more of a high-energy vibe, consider a cocktail cruise or party cruise to celebrate sundown. 

See it from Land 

Prefer to stay on land or want to see the Sound from above? Here are a few photo-worthy vantage points.

Lagoon Park

Just south of the Royal Naval Dockyard, this park is named for its tree-lined lagoon but also offers Great Sound views. 

Fort Scaur

Hike to the highest point in Sandys Parish and you’ll be rewarded. Explore the old ramparts and enjoy sweeping views of the Great Sound from this scenic spot. Explore Scaur Hill Fort and Park.

View of the great sound from Scaur Hill Fort.

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

If you’re up for an even more ambitious climb, head for the top of the 117-foot-tall Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Southampton Parish along Bermuda's South Shore. Aside from being airborne, it’s the best way to get a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling Great Sound. 

Spanish Point

At this waterfront park north of Hamilton, you can watch boats sail in and out of the Great Sound. It’s also a great picnic spot.



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