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 want to experience below the water's surface you should consider a visit to 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 located on Ireland Island North, easily reached by taxi Northeast of central Somerset Village.

Daniel's Head Beach Park is another snorkeling spot 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 location 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, this site is situated 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.

You can look through this table for a listing of 7 of the most popular locations to go snorkeling in this area.

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 most enjoyable snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to contact Captain Kirk's Coral Reef Adventures. Let Captain Kirk share the beauty of the island's reef with you when you sign up for one of their numerous boat tour options -- whether you want to cruise along on the glass bottom boat, jump into the water and do some snorkeling, or even do some 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 in Somerset Village.

Take some time to look through this table to read more about boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Somerset Village
Name Phone Location
Captain Kirk's Coral Reef Adventures (441) 747-2204 Central Somerset Village
Hattrick Charters (441) 335-5077 Somerset Village

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with Dive Bermuda. From the beautiful coral reef to the mysterious ship wrecks, this operator wants its guests to see it all. If you can't dive, that isn't a problem, because they also offer daily snorkeling excursions that focus solely on this sport. They are found in Southampton Parish, easily reached by taxi Southeast of central Somerset Village.

A second company catering to snorkelers is Snorkel Bermuda. Bermuda's only two hour shipwreck snorkel trip, this operation is a great choice when you have a limited amount of time to spend snorkeling but still want to make sure you get to see the best sites available. Sure, you can stick to the shore, but why would you when you can explore a mysterious ship wreck?

A third company worth contacting is 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're situated in Somerset Village.

Take some time to look through the following chart to see 4 firms that provide snorkeling related services.

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 (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" check out our 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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