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 see what's below the surface you might want to check out 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 in northern Saint Georges Parish.

Harrington Sound is another option. 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 want to experience it for yourself, you'll find this site found in Hamilton Parish, within taxi range South West of central Saint Georges Parish.

Glance through this table for information concerning 7 of the most popular locations where you can experience snorkeling in this area.

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

Snorkeling Boat Trips

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

If you're hoping to snorkel during a boat trip, you can check with Ocean Breeze. Although you can charter the boat and create your own custom adventure, they also have three excursion options. The Sail and Swim is two hours of sailing and an hour of swimming and snorkeling, the Sunset Sail leaves an hour before sunset and allows you to relax and sip on a beverage as you sail into the sunset for two hours.

Take a moment to read the table just below to learn more about day sails and boat trips that offer snorkeling opportunities.

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

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for someone offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to contact Triangle Diving Bermuda. If you're curious about Bermuda's reef and wreck sites but don't know how to scuba dive, there is another option for you. This dive shop offers snorkeling excursions specifically for this type of tourist, which encourages snorkelers to join in on daily dive trips, but stick closer to the surface than their divers. They are located in Castle Harbour, a short distance away South West of central Saint Georges Parish.

The following chart summarizes some details concerning two companies that offer snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Saint Georges Parish
Name Type Phone Location
K.S. Watersports Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (441) 238-4155 St. George, 0.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Saint Georges Parish
Triangle Diving Bermuda Snorkeling Tour Operator (441) 293-7319 Castle Harbour, 2.6 mi. South West of Central Saint Georges Parish

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this detailed discussion of 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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