The water is where it's at. Whether you’re into adrenaline-fueled excursions like flyboarding or cliff jumping or mellower pursuits like kayaking and fishing, there’s an aquatic adventure for you. Go ahead. Make a splash or two.
In Bermuda, you’re never far from those sparkling turquoise waters. The ocean isn’t just eye candy, however. For centuries, Bermudians have used those waters for all kinds of leisure activities, from the classic yachts of the 1800s to the rise of scuba diving in the mid-20th century. The island is still innovating – have you tried a HydroBike yet?
Rent kayaks from True Bermuda or BDA Watersports to get up close to Bermuda’s marine and bird life on the water. As you glide along the coastline, you might spot parrotfish, dolphins and herons.
2 Cliff Jumping
Daring souls can cliff jump at Admiralty House Park and Clarence Cove, recently named one of Men's Journal’s 20 most adventurous beaches. With its deep water and accessible shoreline, it’s the island's most popular spot for this pulse-pounding pursuit. After taking the plunge, explore the underground caves carved out by the British in the 1800s.
Bikes aren’t just for dry land anymore. At HydroBikes Bermuda, staffers rent water-going boats (think a traditional two-wheeler attached to 10-foot-long catamaran floats). Find the operation at Clearwater Beach, and start pedalling. Beneath your feet, you might spot coral, turtles and other natural wonders.
4 Deep-Sea Fishing
Bermuda is deep-sea angler’s dream with bountiful waters filled with big-game catches like marlin, tuna and wahoo. Many fishing charters will prepare whatever you hook for a super-fresh seafood lunch.
5 Scuba Diving
Bermuda was founded in 1609 following the shipwreck of the Sea Venture, a British ship bound for Jamestown that never made it. Today, the island is home to some of the most accessible underwater wrecks in the world. You can see more than 200 shipwrecks, including the Confederate steamer Mary Celestia and the Xing Da, a 1990s Chinese smuggling ship. It all creates an undersea playground for scuba divers, who swim through crystal clear waters in search of sunken treasure. Not up for the full scuba? Try snorkelling or helmet diving.
There is no easier way to enjoy the island’s abundant aquatic life than snorkelling. Just decide whether you want to venture out by boat or snorkel from the beach. Both are great fun and you will reap some of the best sights.
7 Jet Skiing
Sure, you could tool around Bermuda on a scooter, but a jet ski tour will take you to some of the island’s otherwise inaccessible hidden gems. You’ll zoom across the water to pristine beaches, secluded coves and deserted islands. You’ll also be able to get to those places fast.
Charter your own sailboat (or motor craft) to soak up the sun and sea in style. Bermuda is world-famous for sailing – the island hosted the prestigious 35th America’s Cup in 2017, an honour linked to its longtime sailing heritage.
Experience the panoramic views and pure excitement of parasailing. Soar over beaches, reefs, historic forts or the Great Sound area. You don’t even have to get wet – unless you want to. If so, tell the crew you'd like to take a “dip."
10 Paddleboard Yoga
Maybe you’ve done yoga. Maybe you’ve gone stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). But chances are, you haven't combined the two in a floating session of sun salutations and downward-facing dogs. It’s a rewarding path to inner peace, if you can stay on the board.