Where to Go Snorkelling in Bermuda
Bermuda is surrounded by crystal clear waters that house a healthy reef system full of colourful life. While you are here you must experience the world's most northern coral reefs and swim with the locals, and we mean the ones with gills. The reefs are close to the shore and close to the surface, which means snorkelling is a perfect activity off of almost any beach.
- Natural Wonders
VENTURING OUT TO THE REEFS & WRECKS
Beyond the beach, encounter the mystery and intrigue of hundreds of shipwrecks and spectacular reef formations. You will need a tour boat to venture to these locations, but there are many to choose from.
Aerial views of Bermuda show how the island is girded by coral reefs; they protect islanders during storms but over three centuries, proved too great an obstacle for hundreds of ships. The ships' skeletal remains now litter the seabed, and some are highly accessible to snorkellers.
- Western Blue Cut: This is an opening in the reef off the north shore, an hour’s journey by boat. Two shipwrecks – Constellation and Montana – lie in less than 20 feet of water and can be seen clearly when snorkelling. The fish life is good too, and if you’re lucky you’ll see large, black grouper.
- HMS Vixen: Off the West End, this semi-submerged ship is half a mile off the Somerset shore. The HMS Vixen was a three-masted steam-driven British gunboat launched in 1867. Scuttled by the British Royal Navy, her bow sticks up above the water and her hull remains intact. It's a thrilling sight for snorkellers.
- Sea Garden: Close to the Vixen is the so-called Sea Garden, an underwater oasis of marine flora with brain coral, sea fans, blue-and-yellow damselfish and bright parrotfish.
- Eastern Blue Cut: A little more than six miles off the north shore, it includes Blue Hole – it's known primarily as a dive site but the water is crystal clear and in many spots, the reefs are just inches below the surface. Fish are plentiful here; on the best days, it’s like swimming in an aquarium.
- North Rock: Going farther afield, North Rock is seven miles offshore – about as far as you want to go for snorkelling and you will need a very calm day to get here – but the marine life here is dazzling.
Hardier souls will have no problem donning wet suits for snorkelling January through March. The water temperature dips to 17 degrees Celsius but the trade-off is greater water clarity than summer – up to 200 feet on a good day.