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 can be sure 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 fly? 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, forts, caves, 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 visiting Bermuda since years, 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 taken, and some of them many times.
While some are guided tours and have fees, many of them are self-guided free tours 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, eco & adventure tours, and some by mixed modes etc.
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 touring around the island. However you will be your own guide, and therefore you will need to know which are those places to visit, how can you get to those places easily in a logical route to optimize on time.
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. We have designed tours for beaches, forts and caves, parklands and reserves, beautiful landscapes, exploring historical buildings & museums, cities and towns etc etc.
Buy a transportation pass and then you will have unlimited access to both public buses and ferries to get to almost any place in the island. Go through This Self Guided Tours to know about such tours on bus and ferries.
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. These are motor boats fitted with glass floor for underwater visibility. Some also combine offshore snorkeling and other water sports along with sightseeing boat tours.
You can also sail in a yacht or catamaran. There are options like sunset sailing, dinner cruises, cocktail cruises and those that show you famous homes & hideaways along the shoreline. Other than scheduled boat trips that take groups and work on a per person rate, you can also charter a private boat or a yacht with an experienced captain. Most of these sailing and boating tours are available at Royal Naval Dockyard (i.e. the cruise port of Kings Wharf), Hamilton City (at the harbor and near ferry terminal) as well St. Georges'. You will find plenty of local operators offering such tours during the high season (May through October). Visit Bermuda Boat Tours to know about our favorite boating & sailing tours, the well known operators, how to book tours etc.
Bermuda Tours by Minibus, Vans, Train Trolley & More
Private minibus or van tours are great if you are looking to join a small group and leave the rest to the operator and the guide. There are various such set tours on mini bus, coaches and vans exploring the parishes, beaches and the key attractions including forts, caves, historical buildings and monuments etc giving you ample opportunity to take pictures and learn about the island. Some are half day and some full day tours. While these are fixed tours with set routes and durations, some such tours give you a bit of flexibility to explore more if time and weather permit.
A minibus can typically take up to 15 persons in a group, while vans are smaller. Larger buses can accommodate up to 30. They usually have guides on board, or the driver himself may be the guide. While most operate on per person rates, you can also charter and take a private tour on a minibus or van, and then you can also customize your tour. Depending on what you choose, a set tour may include admission fees, water, light snacks or lunch etc.
There are also some strange vehicles that move on the roads. 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.
Check out Tours By Bus, Van, Minibus to know about all such tours of the island on road.
Bermuda Tours by Taxi
You can hire a taxi and take a tour of the island. It can be a great option if you are in a small group. Bermuda taxis can accommodate 4 to 7 persons depending on their size. While most taxi drivers are knowledgeable about the main landmarks, 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 fluttering on the bonnet or its insignia.
All taxi drivers however operate tours on hourly rate which is fixed by the government. It doesn't include entry fees or food. Considering per person cost for such tours and time flexibility, it can be a great option of exploring the island. A great advantage of a taxi tour is that it can be customized the way you like and you may change the plan on the fly.
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, reserves and parks, 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.
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 Eco & Adventure Tours for details.
Flying Tours in Bermuda - Aerial Views
You can now hover over Bermuda and enjoy the lovely aerial views of coastlines, beaches, shipwreck sites, historic forts, important cities & towns of the island, golf courses and spectacular landscapes from the sky in a 4-seater Cesna. There are flying tours with different themes and duration to suite all requirements. The small aircraft is smooth and can fly low at reduced speed for great views. Check out Fly in the sky and see Bermuda for the tours and booking information.
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