Scuba Diving Near Bermuda

The waters off the shores of Bermuda are great for scuba diving and snorkeling

Photo credit: © Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center

The waters of Bermuda contain a mix of the ideal elements for an exciting scuba diving or snorkeling excursion. With sites such as coral reefs, shipwrecks, submerged caves, and an assortment of breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating marine life, the aquatic environment around Bermuda is perfect for all kinds of underwater adventures.

The Scuba Diving


The Atlantic waters generally are clear, so visibility is high beneath the ocean surface. The clarity and warmth of the salty waters of Bermuda make a visit to the ocean depths a worthwhile experience while vacationing on the island. There are more than 300 wreck sites and 200 square miles of coral reefs in the waters surrounding Bermuda.

The Atlantic waters of Bermuda are home to some of the most northern reef formations in the world, as well as several fascinating shipwreck sites. Unlike most shipwreck sites, which are located in deep waters, wreck diving around Bermuda is done in shallow waters at an average of about 40 to 50 feet. Although you can dive while visiting Bermuda almost any time of year, the best times to check out the underwater scenery are from May to November when the Atlantic is at its warmest. Also, in the wintertime, Bermuda's dive shops are closed. So if you want to dive or snorkel during the colder months, you'll have to bring your own equipment.

To get fully equipped for your underwater exploration, visit any of Bermuda's dive shops. These shops not only provide you with scuba gear to rent but also offer useful information on the best dive spots around the island. Dive shops on the island have maps of the reef systems and wreck sites displayed on their premises.

You'll find 6 dive services and at least 12 different dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators

Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center

If you're ready to take the plunge, you should consider Fantasea Diving. The only dive shop of its kind in the area, Fantasea is PADI certified and a jumping off point for exploring the beautiful reefs, astounding number of ship wrecks, and vibrant marine life of Bermuda. They are located on Ireland Island North, Bermuda.

A second option is Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center. Open year-round at Rosewood Tucker's Point, Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center offers one and two tank dives daily. They also offer diving lessons and PADI courses. You can reach them at (441) 298-4050.

A third option is Blue Water Divers. Blue Water specialized in wreck dives simply because there are so many in the area to choose from. Of course, other types of dives can be arranged. They're found on Somerset Island, in western Bermuda.

Details regarding dive service operators can be seen in the following table.

Dive Operators Near Bermuda
Name Phone Location Island
Blue Water Divers -- 1.5 mi. South of Central Somerset Village Bermuda
Dive Bermuda at Fairmont Southampton (441) 238-2332 3.9 mi. South West of Central Hamilton Bermuda
Dive Bermuda at Grotto Bay (441) 293-7319 5.8 mi. Northeast of Central Hamilton St. David's Island
Fantasea Diving (441) 236-1300 Ireland Island North, Northwestern part of Bermuda Bermuda
Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center (441) 298-4050 6.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Hamilton Bermuda
Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center -- St. George's Parish, Northeastern part of Bermuda Bermuda

Dive Services

Take a minute to read the following table to get a feel for the typical cost of dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 105.0 $ 180.0
Double Tank Dive $ 125.0 $ 170.0
Night Dive $ 85.0 $ 115.0
Open Water Certification $ 550.0 $ 780.0
Single Tank Dive $ 80.0 $ 120.0

Dive Sites

Look through the following table to see some key facts regarding some of the area's major dive sites.

Dive Sites Near Bermuda
Name Quality Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Caraquet -- -- 32.3798047747 -64.7557303497
Cathedral Very Good 44.9 32.355 -64.6566
Constellation -- -- 32.3418144156 -64.8837897369
Cristobal Colon -- -- 32.393286063 -64.7373625824
Gurnet Rock Good 49.9 32.355 -64.6566666667
Hermos -- -- 32.2663664496 -64.76448508
Kate -- -- 32.3036630069 -64.7062918732
L'Herminie -- -- 32.304823743 -64.8922011444
Marie Celeste Excellent 55.1 32.2411333333 -64.8451666667
Minnie Breslauer Excellent 69.9 32.2492 -64.8093333333
Pollockshields Excellent 40.0 32.2683666667 -64.7721166667
Rita Zovetto Good 69.9 32.3549666667 -64.6566333333

For more information concerning diving, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our exhaustive discussion of scuba diving in the Caribbean. snorkeling spots are located off the coasts...


Helmet Diving

A popular aquatic activity among many visitors to Bermuda is helmet diving. With this variation on scuba diving, you don't even have to know how to swim, and anyone between the ages of 5 and 89 can participate. Helmet diving is less technical than regular scuba diving and is offered from April until the middle of November. You take a cruise, which lasts longer than the actual underwater experience, to the dive location where divers walk on the sea floor under about 12 to 15 feet of water, depending on the tide. To get ready for your adventures on the ocean floor, a dive instructor places a heavy steel helmet over your shoulders. The helmet has an air hose connected to the surface, so you can breathe easily while strolling the sandy sea floor. After you're fitted with a helmet, you descend into the ocean via ladder to begin your aquatic tour given by an experienced instructor.

With all the spectacular sea life that thrives in the Atlantic Ocean, vacationers will definitely have an unforgettable experience while glimpsing the amazing aquatic scenery that the waters of Bermuda have to offer.


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