Snorkeling Around Saint Georges Parish

With two of the top snorkeling sites on the entire island located in Saint George's Parish, it is safe to say that if you're a fan of the sport, you should plan to head to the northwest coast for all of your snorkeling needs.

The best time to snorkel in the waters that surround Saint George's Parish is between the months of May and October when water temperatures don't dip below 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and winter storms haven't rolled in enough to make conditions occasionally dangerous.  It is fair to note, however, that the waters tend to be clearer with greater visibility towards the end of the winter season, so it may be worth it to bring a wet suit to keep yourself warm for some snorkeling during this time of year.  

Tobacco Bay Beach and Church Bay are widely regarded as the very best snorkeling destinations on the island.  Both features waters that are calm and shallow, making it great for children, plus the over-all atmosphere is calm as well.  Church Bay has a reef very close to shore while Tobacco Bay's most interesting feature is the underwater limestone.  You can rent snorkeling equipment from either beach for about $20(USD) a day. 

Snorkeling tours in this area are also extremely popular.  Boats will take out a collection of up to 20 snorkelers at around $65(USD) a head and show them where the best spots are that are simply too deep to swim to.  These trips typically end up at an impressive reef system.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to experience what's below the surface you might want to visit Tobacco Bay Beach. A less crowded option than many of the other beach snorkeling on Bermuda, this site offers a nice look at limestone rocks that form the foundation of a marine habitat that is full of small fish. These smaller fish and clam water make this a good option for children and adults that need a little more practice before heading too far offshore. This snorkeling site is situated in northern Saint Georges Parish.

Harrington Sound is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. When the area waters become rough as a response to winter weather, it is this body of water that remains calm enough for snorkeling to still be safe. New snorkelers are often pointed here, where they will encounter coral without a reef system to speak of.

A third site to consider is John Smith's Bay. Pink sands give way to crystal clear waters at this great spot. There are a few rock croppings to the west where snorkelers will find parrotfish among many others.

A fourth location where you can go snorkeling is Gibbons Bay. So popular among snorkelers that you can rent equipment right at the edge of the beach, this location is great because it has a shallow reef that is easily accessible. The waters here are extremely tranquil, and the small schools of fish are abundant. If you're interested, this site is situated in Hamilton Parish, within taxi range South West of central Saint Georges Parish.

Take some time to look through the following chart to learn more about 7 of the best locations where you can go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Saint Georges Parish
Site Location
Tobacco Bay Beach St. George's Island, 1.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Saint Georges Parish
Fort St. Catherine St. George's Island, 1.4 mi. North of Central Saint Georges Parish
Castle Harbour St. David's Island, 1.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Saint Georges Parish
Natural Arches 2.7 mi. South of Central Saint Georges Parish
Harrington Sound Hamilton Parish, 3.6 mi. South West of Central Saint Georges Parish
John Smith's Bay 4.2 mi. South West of Central Saint Georges Parish
Gibbons Bay Hamilton Parish, 5.3 mi. South West of Central Saint Georges Parish

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you'd like to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you should consider Ocean Breeze. A high quality, luxury charter service with 50 years of experience, when you sign up to sail on this boat you'll be able to sit back and relax as you like your knowledgeable and amiable captain take control and show you around the waters of the island.

Information about boat operators that offer snorkeling are displayed in the table below.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Saint Georges Parish
Name Phone Location
Ocean Breeze (441) 334-9846 St. George's Parish
Sand Dollar Cruises & Snorkelling (441) 334-8218 St. George's Island

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a place offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to contact Dive Bermuda at Grotto Bay. Daily wreck and reef snorkeling along with the diving tours is available every afternoon with a check-in time of 2:15 p.m. You will visit some of Bermuda's most colorful reefs and see a plethora of fun aquatic life in the clear blue waters. They are located in Castle Harbour, a short distance away West-Southwest of central Saint Georges Parish.

A second company catering to snorkelers is Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center. Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center is located at {% link_to 80164 %} and offers motor boat, kayak, sailboat rentals, water skiing and more.

Take a minute to read the following table to see 3 firms that offer snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Saint Georges Parish
Name Type Phone Location Island
Dive Bermuda at Grotto Bay Snorkeling Tour Operator (441) 293-7319 Castle Harbour, 2.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Saint Georges Parish St. David's Island
K.S. Watersports Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (441) 238-4155 St. George, 0.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Saint Georges Parish Bermuda
Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (441) 298-4050 2.6 mi. South West of Central Saint Georges Parish Bermuda

For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read this extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

Whether you stick close to the shore or head out for snorkeling in deeper waters, the sites that lie beneath the surface of the sea in Saint George's Parish are worth every moment of your planning. 


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