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 Royal Naval Dockyard specifically to offer visitors a clear cut spot for the snorkeling.opened in Somerset Village near
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.
If you'd like to experience what's below the surface you might enjoy 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 found on Ireland Island North, easily reached by taxi Northeast of central Somerset Village.
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 location 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 experience it for yourself, 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.
The table directly below summarizes more information on the 7 of the most popular locations where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.
|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|
|3.5 mi. West of Central Somerset Village|
|Snorkel Park Beach||Ireland Island North, 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Somerset Village||Bermuda|
|3.1 mi. North of Central Somerset Village|
Some people believe the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.
If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you should consider Captain Kirk's Coral Reef Adventures. Their collection of tours vary to some degree, but typically include sailing trips out to see several notable underwater sites via glass bottom boat and either snorkeling or fishing.
Another option to investigate is 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. They're located within Somerset Village.
Look through this table to see boat operators that offer snorkeling.
|Captain Kirk's Coral Reef Adventures||(441) 747-2204||Central Somerset Village|
|Hattrick Charters||(441) 335-5077||Somerset Village|
If you looking for a place offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with Blue Water Divers. Over 300 ship wreck sites surround the island, and more of them are shallow enough for snorkelers to enjoy. Here, they specialize in making sure visitors snorkeling in these waters get to see the best of the best. They are located in Somerset Village.
Another place worth knowing about 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 option is Dive Bermuda. To participate in the snorkeling tour, you'll need to be at the dock at Waterlot Inn at 9:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. They're situated in Southampton Parish, easily reached by taxi Southeast of central Somerset Village.
Be sure to look through the following chart for a list of 4 companies that offer services of interest to snorkelers.
|Blue Water Divers||(441) 234-1034||1.5 mi. South of Central Somerset Village|
|Dive Bermuda||(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 about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read our comprehensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
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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