Snorkeling Around Somerset Village

A massive reef system to the island's west make Somerset Village the ideal setting for snorkelers who like excursions that take them away from the shallows.  The thing that makes this area of the island even better is that there is plenty of snorkeling to be had from the shore as well. 

Somerset Village and the rest of Bermuda stands out in the Caribbean region because it is actually set completely in the Atlantic Ocean.  This means that the waters are not always as calm as other islands, but tourists needn't worry.  There are still plenty of sheltered areas that boast excellent snorkeling, and recently a fun spot called Snorkel Park opened in Somerset Village near Royal Naval Dockyard specifically to offer visitors a clear cut spot for the snorkeling. 

Even with this new shallow snorkeling playground, snorkeling tours to deeper locations remain especially popular here.  For between $45 and $65(USD) you can join a boat full of other snorkelers for a tour hosted by an amiable captain to some of the island's top snorkeling spots.  Reef systems are the most popular, and will result in glimpses of several varieties of hard and soft coral, wrasse, groupers, snappers, moray eels, sea puddings, sea urchins, octopus, and sergeant majors, among many others magnificent sites.  

The time of year you visit will play a role in your snorkeling experience.  During the winter season, which runs from November to March, water temperatures can dip as low as 63 degrees, so you'll definitely want to make sure to bring a wet suit to keep you warm.  You can't usually rent the suits here, so it is best to purchase one and bring it along with you.  Your snorkeling kit, however, can be rented for between $10 and $20(USD) a day.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to seeing what's below the surface you might want to check out Snorkel Park Beach. Featuring a pretty and shallow reef that is home to numerous tropical fish and coral this is a very popular site, and can get crowded. Also remember not to touch the coral, as it kills it. This snorkeling site is situated on Ireland Island North, easily reached by taxi Northeast of central Somerset Village.

Daniel's Head Beach Park is another place you might enjoy. A private beach set amid a collection of other similar beaches that are privately owned, this spot has a reef in shallow waters where visitors can easily swim to and glimpse the colorful reef fish.

A third site to consider is Somerset Long Bay. The calm and clear water off the beach make for good snorkeling conditions. However, there is no reef, and marine life can be limited at times.

A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is Whitney Bay. One of the smallest bays on the island, this little stretch of sand is equally as secluded. Reports have been made that the water is so clear that a mask is not necessary to see straight to the bottom. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site located in Southampton Parish, easily reached by taxi South of central Somerset Village.

Church Bay is a fifth option to consider. One of the most recommended snorkeling spots on Bermuda, this is a great place to spot colorful fish and coral. There are also some shallow canyons that can be fun to explore.

Summary information concerning 7 of the most popular places where you can experience snorkeling in this area are listed in the following table.

Snorkeling Sites Near Somerset Village
Site Location Island
Daniel's Head Beach Park 0.7 mi. West of Central Somerset Village Bermuda
Somerset Long Bay 0.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Somerset Village Bermuda
Whitney Bay 2.8 mi. South of Central Somerset Village Bermuda
Church Bay 3.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Somerset Village Bermuda
HMS Vixen 3.5 mi. West of Central Somerset Village
Snorkel Park Beach Ireland Island North, 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Somerset Village Bermuda
Constellation 3.1 mi. North of Central Somerset Village

Snorkeling Boat Trips

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

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you might want to contact Hattrick Charters. Trips with Hat Trick Charters are generally to the outer reefs where snorkeling enthusiasts can get their fill. In addition to their typical three hour day trip, they also offer a two hour sunset cocktail cruise, which is available by request. For all cruises, snorkeling gear and Bermuda's signature rum punch is included in the cost.

Take a moment to read the following table to learn more about the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Somerset Village
Name Type Phone Location Island
Hattrick Charters Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (441) 335-5077 Somerset Village Somerset Island

Snorkeling Services

Dive Bermuda at Fairmont Southampton

If you're looking for someone that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to contact Blue Water Divers. While Blue Water Divers offers some spectacular snorkeling, they also offer scuba diving which can be found here: {% link_to 893160 %}. Both services are provided in Somerset Village. They are found within Somerset Village.

A second place catering to snorkelers is Fantasea Snorkeling. Snorkeling, sailing, and sightseeing is what the people at this operation in. You won't want to miss your chance to tour the island from a whole different view point -- under the surface of the sea.

A third place to consider is Dive Bermuda at Fairmont Southampton. To participate in the snorkeling tour, you'll need to be at the dive shop at 9:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. They're located in Southampton Parish, easily reached by taxi Southeast of central Somerset Village.

The following chart summarizes some details concerning 4 places that provide services related to snorkeling.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Somerset Village
Name Phone Location
Blue Water Divers (441) 234-1034 1.5 mi. South of Central Somerset Village
Dive Bermuda at Fairmont Southampton (441) 238-2332 4.3 mi. Southeast of Central Somerset Village
Fantasea Snorkeling (441) 236-3483 Ireland Island North, 2.6 mi. Northeast of Central Somerset Village
Snorkel Bermuda (441) 747-7245 Par-la-Ville Park, 5.1 mi. East of Central Somerset Village

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" check out this detailed Caribbean snorkeling page.

If you're a lover of boat trips that incorporate snorkeling, Somerset Village if a great destination for you; and now, thanks to the addition of the new snorkel park, even those who like to stick close to shore will be satisfied with this locale as well.  Either way you look at it, you're winning the snorkeling lottery with views of the stunning sea life of Bermuda. 


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