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 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 4 dive operators and at least 13 interesting dive sites to choose from.
If you're ready to dive, you might want to check with Fantasea Diving. Guests can become PADI certified in scuba diving, but also participate in SNUBA diving, beach snorkeling, and power snorkeling. If scuba is your passion, there are daily two tank dives to impressive sites in the area. They are located within Ireland Island North, Bermuda.
Another option is Blue Water Divers. The oldest full service dive center on the island, Blue Water Divers is a name you can trust both for training and scuba diving excursions.
Still another option is Dive Bermuda. The island's only Instructor Development Center, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better scuba diving training facility on the island. Whether you're a newbie or interested in advancing your skill level, you can do so here, as well as sign up for local open water dives. They're found within southwestern Bermuda.
A few details concerning area dive operators are shown in the following table.
|Blue Water Divers||--||1.5 mi. South of Central Somerset Village|
|Dive Bermuda||(441) 238-2332||3.9 mi. South West of Central Hamilton|
|Fantasea Diving||(441) 236-1300||Ireland Island North, Northwestern part of Bermuda|
|Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center||(441) 298-4050||6.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Hamilton|
Check out the table below to learn more about the typical cost of dive services in this area.
|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|
Take a moment to look through the following table for some information concerning some of the area's dive sites.
To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both experienced divers and beginners, read this comprehensive Caribbean scuba diving article.
...best snorkeling spots are located off the coasts...
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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