If you like the water, the sun, and beautiful scenery, then you really need to consider going snorkeling on your next vacation. Snorkeling in Bermuda is an inexpensive activity, since all you need is a mask, a snorkel and fins. There is no need for expensive oxygen tanks, or wetsuits. If you can swim, then you are absolutely going to love this activity.
Bermuda may be one of the most popular snorkeling destinations in the world. Every year, hundreds of visitors descend on the many public beaches and coves surrounding this beautiful collection of islands. There are many beautiful locations around the area, and you are certainly not going to run out of snorkeling opportunities while you are on vacation. In fact, your family might complain that you are not spending time doing anything else! Here are some of the most popular spots for you to consider.
Popular Snorkeling Spots
Tobacco Bay Beach
This beautiful beach is near the historic St. Catherine’s fort. The name of the beach actually comes from the fact that tobacco was found growing here many years ago. Tobacco is not the reason to snorkel here however. Snorkelers can enjoy beautiful coral, fish, and marine life. Depending on the direction of the wind, and water levels, you are likely to see a large variety of marine life, so be sure to come to Tobacco Bay Beach at different times.
Possibly one of the most popular of the south shore beaches; Horseshoe Bay is located in Southampton Parish. The bay is indeed shaped like a horseshoe, as the name implies, and is actually made up of two separate beaches. Local etiquette seems to indicate that the smaller of the two beaches is used for snorkeling. There are public facilities with full showers located here which make the experience much more convenient.
Bermuda is known for its beautiful five mile stretch of pink sandy beach. At the far eastern end of this stretch of beach is Elbow Beach. One of the best things about this location is that it is the only spot where there is a bon-a-fide shipwreck available from the beach. Snorkelers can view the wreck of the Polleckshields while enjoying the crystal clear water and various marine life in the area. This is definitely a spot worth checking out.
This activity does have a few limitations. There are some places where the sections of beach are private access only, but there are many more that are free and open to the public. If you do not have your own equipment then you can rent some from the many snorkel shops located around the islands. Many of these shops are set up right at the beaches, so even if you are intending to soak up some sun as well, you can rent the equipment and avoid having to carry it around with you.
If you are planning on driving to snorkeling locations a little farther from your hotel, it is worthwhile to choose the locations that offer public facilities and showers. It can be quite nice to take a quick shower after a dip in the water to wash off the salt and sand before heading out to eat or shop.
Whether you are an avid snorkeler, or just looking for an exciting vacation idea- there is nothing quite like snorkeling in Bermuda. This activity will be sure to give you memories that will last a lifetime.