Bermuda Tours & Excursions

 
You are possibly planning a short vacation in the island, and want to ensure that you are dead right in choosing the best possible tours in Bermuda. Well, there are a few questions to be answered before you know that you have actually chosen the best tours in the island.  
 
Would you like to walk and explore? Or prefer an island tour by bus, taxi... or take a boat tour? Or may be do a bit of everything and experience the best of all that the island can offer. Some more points to ponder... when you go on to explore the island, do you prefer the off-beat tracks, or the places with deep heritage and history? Or like to enjoy the lovely beaches, landscapes and visit some of the most popular tourist attractions in Bermuda? 
 
Depending on what you love and how you want to best spend your precious time in the island, you will need to carefully choose your tours. We have been coming to Bermuda since ages, and tried to get the flavor of the island in every possible way. The tours that I have suggested below, are the ones we have ourselves undertaken, and some of them many times. 
 
While some are guided tours and have fees, many of them are self-guided free Bermuda tours and excursions that we have designed after years of exploration. I have categorized them under different heads like self guided, walking, by boat, by taxi or bus, and some by mixed modes. 
 
Self Guided Tours by Public Transports 
Bermuda after all is a tiny island. If you want to explore and visit the places of interest on your own, you can use the convenient & regular public transports like the bus and ferry services to easily get around the island. This is one of the cheapest ways of visiting the places and enjoying the top attractions. However, you will need to know which are those places, how can you get to those places easily in shortest possible time and ensure coverage as much as possible during the limited time of your vacation. 
 
 
 
Don't worry... having been to the island over the past many years, we have ourselves designed several self guided tours of the island using public transports. Some are half day and some are full day tours with different flavors of the island and would cater to wide range of individual interests. Check out Self Guided Tours by Public Transports to know about them and what you can experience out of such tours. 
 
Bermuda Boating & Sailing Tours 
The Bermuda boat tours take you to places where you can see some stunning corals, shipwrecks and spectacular marine life through glass bottom views. Some also combine offshore snorkeling and other water sports along with such boat tours. 
 
There are other options like sunset and dinner cruises, and those that show you famous homes & hideaways along the shoreline. Other than scheduled boat trips, you can also charter a private boat. Check out Bermuda Boat Tours to know about our favorite boating & sailing tours and what you can expect out of them. 
 
Bermuda Tours by Minibus, Vans, Train Trolley & More 
If you are in a group, a guided bus tour in Bermuda might be the right solution for you. While most operate on per person rates, there are operators who also conduct private tours on minibuses and vans. They usually have guides on board, or the driver himself may be the guide. There are also some strange vehicles that move on the roads that are unique to Bermuda. There is a train like vehicle that runs on wheels, takes you around the Dockyard, Hamilton City and St George with a running audio commentary. And there is a tour that offers an amphibious vehicle. It moves on both land and sea, and therefore serves as a bus and also a boat (also known as Duck Tour). 
 
Check out Tours By Bus, Van, Minibus to know about all such options. 
 
Bermuda Tours by Taxi 
Private island tours of Bermuda by taxi can be a great option if you are in a small group. Bermuda taxis can accommodate 4 to 7 persons depending on their size. Some taxi drivers are government certified tour guides and specialize on island tours. They are known as Blue Flag Certified Drivers and their taxis would have a blue flag on the bonnet. All taxi drivers however operate tours on hourly rate which is fixed by the government. Considering per person cost for such tours and time flexibility, it can be a great option of exploring the island.  
 
Visit Bermuda Taxi Tours for complete information on tours by taxi including the rates, how to go about taking such tours, great taxi drivers who are also guides and more. 
 
 
 
Bermuda Walking Tours & Hiking 
If you love to walk, that's probably the best way to enjoy Bermuda's nature, the nooks & crannies, the landscapes & the coastline, and also to explore the culture & history of the island. But keep in mind that during summer, the weather in Bermuda can become warm and very humid. So long walks in such conditions can be exhausting unless you are a seasoned walker. Check out Walking Tours to know about my select walking trails and tours in Bermuda, some of which are guided tours, but mostly self guided. They are designed to give you the best possible hiking options in the island. 
 
Horse Carriage Tours 
Another great way to explore Bermuda and its historical sites, culture, architecture, beaches & gardens, forts and many other places is by taking a horse carriage ride. There are stables that offer tours around the Dockyard area (Kings wharf), Hamilton City and the historic town of St George. Check out Horse Carriage Tours for details. 
 
Eco & Adventure Tours 
There are several tours and adventures in Bermuda that are Eco friendly. Either you hike, or kayak, or cycle through the trails and explore the best kept secrets that few get to experience. Check out Bermuda Eco & Adventure Tours for details. 
 
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Visitors' Reviews & Comments 
 
Darlene (June 2014) 
Thank you. We are going to go on our own on our Tuesday to Horseshoe Bay and plan to ride the bus by ourselves. On our last day, the cruise line offers snorkeling at Devil's Isle Cruise Beach or Bermuda Triangle Shipwreck Snorkel where you snorkel two difference places. I have only been snorkeling on one other vacation so I am new at this. Everything I read, says snorkeling is great at Devil's Isle more so than visiting a shipwreck. Can you give me some advise here. These are through the cruise ship and expensive so I want to do something to remember. The ride around the island to Devil's Isle seems interesting also. Can you give me some advice here. Thank you. 
 
Raj(bermuda-attractions.com) June 2014 
Hi, Bermuda itself is known as Devil's Isle and there is no separate place in Bermuda with that name. The cruise ships coin such terms and actually offer such tours through local operators. You will save big time if you go directly through a local operator in Bermuda. There are plenty of good ones offering snorkeling trips from the cruise port (dockyard). Go through Snorkel tours
 
Tayloe Francisco (August 2013) 
Hi Raj, I love your website. You have so much great information. That being said and reading that the Swizzle Pub is the home of the rum swizzle, isn't there another pub that claims to be the original home of the dark and stormy? Can you also tell me if there are tours available at Goslings? I read about the Gosling cruises but would enjoy a tour of the distillery if it is indeed on the islands. Thanks for all you do for Bermuda! We are going on the 25th cruise and will be there on the 27th for the standard 3 days. If you are inclined and have time I would love your idea of the things not to be missed. I have been to Bermuda before and love the blockade runner history and the home tours in St. George's town. Thanks again I going to keep reading and creating my itinerary! 
 
Raj(bermuda-attractions.com) August 2013 
Hi, Dark n' Stormy is actually a trademarked cocktail of Gosling's. It's a mix of Black Seal Rum and Ginger Beer over ice. It's available in several pubs in Bermuda. Gosling's has no rum distillery in the island. They are blenders and have a bottling unit in Hamilton. However if you want, you can take a tour of the Dockyard Brewery who make hand crafted beer. The tour is guided by a brew master and includes food & beer tasting. You will find more details here: Dockyard Brewery 
 
Sally Wilson (August 2013) 
Coming to Bermuda on the Norweigan Dawn, leaving Boston on Friday, 10/18/13. I have read a lot of great information on your site about getting around via public transportation, but just wanted to ask...are there local folks there that will act as private tour guides for our group of 6 adults? Also, if you only had these three days to see Bermuda, what would you pick? Thanks Sally 
 
Raj(bermuda-attractions.com) August 2013 
Hi, Most tour guides in Bermuda specialize on specific areas or theme. However a good option is the Blue Flag Taxi Drivers who double up as tour guides and certified by the Bermuda Government. You can hire a taxi by the hour (minimum 3 hours) and take a half day or  even a full day tour of the island. It usually takes about 5 hours to tour the entire island by taxi and see almost all major attractions with some short breaks in between for lunch or snacks. Take a 6-passenger taxi and that would be one of the most economical and convenient ways of touring the island. One such Blue Flag taxi driver who has earned good name for himself is Lewis Foggo. Write to him (lewis_foggo@hotmail.com) and he will answer all your questions. He is a very knowledgeable person. Although the 6-passenger taxis charge $55.50 per hour, the Blue Flag Certified drivers may charge a little higher. 
 
I have discussed and suggested many itineraries in Bermuda. You too should be able to make a plan for yourself from these. If you still have any specific questions, please feel free to get back, and I'll try to help. 
 
Kathy Perricone (July 2013) 
What is the most reasonably priced way for 4 adults to tour the island in 3 or 4 hours? We are arriving on a cruise and have not booked a tour excursion. 
 
Raj(bermuda-attractions.com) July 2013 
Hi, for a small group, a good economical way to tour Bermuda is by booking a taxi (with a blue flag fluttering in front) by the hour. Blue flag taxis have drivers who are also government certified tour guides. Tell him your plans, where you want to go and he will take you around and plan out the day properly. Approximate rate is $45-50 per hour and you need to book for a minimum of 3 hours. One of the great taxi drivers in the island is Lewis Foggo (email: lewis_foggo@hotmail.com). You can write to him and make advance reservation. 
 
Kathleen Catalano (January 2013) 
I have been reviewing your site (great information!) and I am a first time traveler to Bermuda. I will be bringing my 91 year old mother with me on a trip that she has wanted to do for many years and would like to make this trip memorable. Obviously there are some restrictions that I have to deal with due to her age. She is mobile but walking a great deal can be an issue. I saw where you list some carriage rides that might be a great 
option to show her around the island. We will be one Royal Caribbean and I believe we will be docking at Kings Wharf? Wasn't sure if there are any carriage rides in this particular area that I can go with her so she can enjoy some of the island. Any suggestions you have would be MOST appreciated. You have a great site and very good information for someone who has never visited the island. Best regards, 
 
Raj(bermuda-attractions.com) January 2013 
Hi Kathleen, Horse carriage rides are available in the dockyard area where your cruise ship docks (as well as in Hamilton & St. George). You will need to walk a short distance from the ship pier to the carriage. Marquis Ranch offers such carriage rides - they have a 30 minute ride to take you around the historic buildings and fort areas of the dockyard and also one hour ride to additionally cover the neighborhood island areas including parks, bays and residential areas. Check out Bermuda Horse Carriage Rides for more information and contact details. 
 
Couple of other options that you may consider: 
 
1. Duck tour ... this is an amphibious vehicle ... a bus which also becomes a boat. so you will be able to see several areas or Bermuda Western Parishes both from land and water. The tour leaves from the dockyard area. You can book the tour from the Visitors Information Center at the dockyard. Check out Bermuda Duck Tour for details. 
 
2. The Train Trolley Ride ... a mini train which runs on road and covers the dockyard & nearby area with running audio commentary. You get to know about the places you visit and the history behind them. Visit Bermuda Train Trolley Rides for details. Note: The website of the train trolley company is not working at present. So you can only buy the tickets when you reach the island. 
 
Elizabeth Bryant (September 2012) 
My husband and I will be arriving on the Norwegian Dawn on 9/9/12. We have 3 things we would like to do while visiting. We want to see the beauty of the island, we would like to spend several hours at a beach and we would like a glass bottom boat excursion. My questions are: 
 
Should we book through Norwegian or are comparably priced tours available to book at the Dockyard when we dock? Is US currency accepted on the island? And…most importantly, based on your expertise…what do you recommend? Finally…This is a great site. Thank you! 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2012 
Hi, Booking directly with a tour operator in the island should be cheaper compared to the cruise line offered excursions. However, during the high season (as in September), most of the reputed tour operators get fully booked. So try to contact them before you leave and check out the availability. 
 
For boating tours, visit Bermuda Boat Tours for some of my recommended tours. Choose the one that best suits you (I have given their contact information there). For other types of tours including island tours by minibus, check out Bermuda Bus Tours
 
Both Unique Vacations and Byways minibus tours are great. However Byways have recently gone through ownership change and the tour design has changed and now covers both ends of the island (east & west). U.S. Currency is accepted everywhere (except in buses). So no need to convert into Bermudian currency. 
 
Georgia Merrick (March 2012) 
We are coming in April 22-29th. I am wondering if there are any programs that offer a look at gardens or Bermuda cooking? 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2012 
Hi, There are several options for Garden Tours in Bermuda. The Garden Club of Bermuda organizes garden tours on request. There may be a minimum group size requirement. You can write to Felicite Davidson at fmdavidson@yahoo.com to get further information. There is a free guided 90-minute tour of Botanical Garden offered on certain days of the week. Check out Botanical Garden for details. There is another guided tour available for the gardens at Waterville followed by visit to the Paget Marsh. Check out Paget Marsh for details. 
 
As for Bermuda Cooking, there is a festival known as Bermuda Gourmet Getaway which is held annually in the island. Renowned International and Bermudian chefs participate and prepare exotic dishes that you can sample and taste. Over the last couple of years the timings of this festival has changed. Check out Bermuda Gourmet Getaway for details and write to them if you need further information. 
 
Amy Meadows (March 2012) 
My husband and I will be cruising to Bermuda for the first time in June. We only get one full day in Bermuda and were thinking about following one of your excursions (the one that visits two beaches, a lighthouse, and ends in Kings Warf, where we'll be docked). My main question is regarding how up to date your website is. You are very specific with the bus numbers and ferries, just wanted to make sure that your bus schedules are still accurate enough for us to follow. Being new to Bermuda and having only one day to explore, we didn't want to spend it getting lost on the islands. Thanks for your help and website. It's given us a lot of wonderful ideas and information. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2012 
Hi, while I try to keep my site updated, bus & ferry timings can change. However, the routes (the numbers) that I have mentioned are good. I would recommend that you check the Bermuda Government Bus & Ferry schedules to know the exact timings and also confirm the routes. You will find the government site links for bus & ferries from the following pages: 
 
 
 
Tracy Maurer (March 2011) 
Greetings, I have a group coming in May on cruise. There is a small group of 15 or so that want to take a 3 hours tour around the island ( private and not thru the cruiseline). I also have group coming on cruise in August. They are requiring a few tours on island there are 51 persons can you advise if this is something that you do, and if not can you advise who could do this. Thank you for your help 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2011 
Hi, You can check out Bermuda Tours & Excursions to get information about the tour operators in Bermuda, both bus & boat tours. You have not mentioned what kind of tours you are looking for. By the way, we don't ourselves conduct any tours. For large groups, there are shuttle companies offering tours on buses with larger capacity. 
 
Patricia Gauthier (October 2009) 
A perfect guided tour in Bermuda: A reader of this website designed her guided tours in Bermuda from the recommendations of this website. Find out about her experience 
 
Pankaj 
We are group of 40 Indo-American Seniors visiting Bermuda by NCL cruise from 26-28 Sept,12. Is it possible to book in advance tours covering all major attractions through very reliable source at most competitive price? 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) 
Hi, For large group tours by bus, contact Beeline Transport. Check out the following link for some details and contacts: Bermuda Tours by Bus & Road Vehicles 
 
Suzy 
Good morning, We are looking for a company that can offer us (around 20 people: family & friends) a bus tour with a French guide: departure from the ship at King's wharf, take us to Crystal caves(a short stop at the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, no climbing). After we want also a French guided tour of St-George, see the St-Peter church, his cemetery and maybe the Fort St. Catherine. We contacted bermudatoursmanagement but it doesn't seem to be working with them...we get only questions, no suggestions, no prices.... We tried also bermudatriangletours but never got any reply. Do you have any suggestion? It would be very appreciated..... Thank you in advance for your help.  
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) 
Hi, You can try Beeline Transport. They offer all sorts of group tours. Call them up directly and talk to them. Check out Bermuda Tours by Bus & Road Vehicles for contact info. 
 
Hugh O'Donnell 
Hi Raj, my mum and dad are visiting the island and would like to get a tour - but they are not keen to just join a taxi. plus dad is not that keen on walking - say a mile or so. Are there any scheduled tours they can join? thanks 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) 
Hi, There are scheduled mini bus tours organized by operators like Unique Vacations, Byways etc. They provide guides and their tour cost usually includes all admission fees. Check out Bermuda Bus Tours to get more details about these tours. 
 
 
 
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