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 want to experience below the water's surface you might enjoy visiting 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 located within northern Saint Georges Parish.

Harrington Sound is another place 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 place 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, you'll find this site located within Hamilton Parish, within taxi range South West of central Saint Georges Parish.

The chart just below enables you to learn some key facts regarding 7 of the best places to 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're ready to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to contact 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.

Take a moment to look through the table just below for information concerning the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Saint Georges Parish
Name Type Phone Location Island
Ocean Breeze Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (441) 334-9846 St. George's Parish Bermuda

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for someone offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out 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. They are located within southwestern Saint Georges Parish.

A second place catering to snorkelers is 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.

The following chart provides some key facts with regard to a couple of companies that offer services related to snorkeling.

Snorkeling Services Near 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
Tucker's Point Dive & Watersports Center Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (441) 298-4050 2.6 mi. South West of Central Saint Georges Parish Bermuda

To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

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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