Bermuda Water Sports
Activities & Operators
It is natural that this island with so many lovely beaches and coves, sub tropical climate, surrounding blue waters with magnificent corals, marine life & shipwrecks will attract anybody who loves water.
This page is all about the different types of water sport activities in Bermuda, and the best operators offering them.
If you are looking for water sports in a specific parish or a location, then check out a Parish in Bermuda
and see the section under Entertainment & Activities.
In the following sections, you will know about all the water sport activities available throughout the island and the offerings from the main water sport centers.
Swimming & Snorkeling
The best time for Swimming and snorkeling in Bermuda is between April to October when the water temperature is warm and comfortable. It is however possible to swim even during winter if you are used to colder waters or have a wet suit. Bermudians have a tradition of taking the first dip of the year on May 24th, which is the Bermuda Day that marks the beginning of summer.
Although Horseshoe Bay, Elbow Beach and John Smith's are among the most popular beaches in the island, Tobacco Bay in St. George's, Shelly Bay in Hamilton Parish, Jobson's Cove in Warwick, and Snorkel Park in Dockyard are perfect family beaches for swimming & snorkeling with calm and shallow waters. For serious snorkelers, Church Bay in Southampton is a great option. You will see colorful fish and corals in many of these beaches. However, for a perfect snorkel experience with awesome marine life, reefs and even shipwrecks, you will need to go offshore by a boat.
Check out Snorkeling in Bermuda
for the best of beachside and offshore snorkeling places and also know about the best swimming & snorkeling cruises.
Kayaking in Bermuda
Kayaking gives you a great opportunity to explore the deeper aspects of Bermuda like the coves that are accessible only from waters, coral reefs, marine life, mangroves and lot more. You can get to the tiny islands and water areas in Great Sound like the Paradise Lake
, or the Hungry Bay at Paget that are otherwise difficult to reach.
Check out Bermuda Kayaking
to know about the best of Kayaking tours, tips and the top operators offering them in Bermuda.
Water Skiing and Jet Skiing in Bermuda
The protected harbors in Bermuda provide perfect water areas for water skiing including wake boarding, trick ski and slalom. In Bermuda you are required to be accompanied by a licensed captain or an instructor to try out this water sport. You can even take lessons. However, Jet skiing does not require such skills and is an easy & exciting dash on a water scooter that can take you to amazing water areas.
Helmet Diving in Bermuda
If you can't swim but have the desire to see the breathtaking underwater world in Bermuda's Atlantic, Helmet dive can be the answer for you. You will be able to easily walk on the ocean floor amidst amazing marine life and corals. Sounds unbelievable? Find out how true this can really be: Helmet Dive in Bermuda
Scuba Diving in Bermuda
Bermuda can fulfill dreams of any diver, whether experienced or one who wants to take a basic scuba lesson. There are some 230 square miles of coral reefs surrounding Bermuda that provide magnificent views of corals, fish and other marine life. And there are large number of shipwrecks in Bermuda waters existing since five centuries. There are 13 official shipwreck sites in Bermuda from 1940 alone and these do not include many yacht wrecks and the ships that sank during world war II.
There are many dive centers in Bermuda where certified dive masters take the divers to the depths for wreck & reef dives, and also provide certification programs and learning lessons. Some centers also offer Snuba which is a cross between Scuba and Snorkeling. It is carried out in shallow waters (about 20-feet deep) and the oxygen tanks are kept on a floating raft or dinghy.
Check out Bermuda Scuba Diving
to know all about wreck & reef diving, certification and learning programs, and the best dive centers in the island.
If you hadn't had a chance of seeing Bermuda's waters and the spectacular coastlines from high above the sky, this is your opportunity to experience it. There is no training lessons or skills required. You need just a sense of adventure. The expert operators will launch you from their boat and then retrieve you back and you won't even wet your clothes. There are a number of parasailing operators in Bermuda who operate both from the Dockyard at the west as well as from St. George's at the east. Check out Parasailing in Bermuda
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing in Bermuda
There are few great sandy beaches in Bermuda that are popular for kitesurfing (or kiteboarding) and windsurfing. Check out Bermuda Kitesurfing & Windsurfing
to find out information about these thrilling sports including how to get rentals, the best beaches, best time for surfing etc.
Sailing & Yachting Activities in Bermuda
Bermuda continues to lure thousands of people every year from all over the world for watching or participating at the numerous races that take place between March and November. Some are organized by yacht clubs and some are international championship events. Many also take a cruise or charter boats to sail around and explore the reefs, islands, marine life and the historic shipwrecks. Check out Sailing Activities in Bermuda
for complete information.
Fishing in Bermuda
Shore fishing or line fishing in Bermuda does not require any permits. You can join the locals who are often seen line fishing from the rocky shores or even from the bridges. You can rent the equipment from any local tackle shop or from your hotel. The typical catches include Pompano, bonefish and snapper.
Reef Fishing (done along the reef line) and Deep Sea Fishing (beyond the reef line and into the open ocean) require a fishing boat. You will be covered by the license of the captain and won't require a separate permit. Common Reef Fishing catches include Bermuda chub, grey/yellow tail snappers, groupers etc. Deep Sea Fishing catches include black fin and yellow fin tunas, wahoos, sharks, barracudas etc. Here is a guide on fishing in Bermuda: Bermuda Fishing
Whale Watching in Bermuda
Spring time between March to April is the best season for watching the migrating humpback whales in Bermuda. This is when these awesome mammals migrate from the Caribbean mating zones to the north Atlantic feeding zone. There are some great whale watching tours by boat. You can also spot whales from the shore. Check out Whale Watching
to know all about this increasingly popular activity in Bermuda.
Swimming with Dolphins
Many have dreams to swim and play with dolphins and even touch and feed them. If you have such a desire, there can't be a better place than Bermuda. At Dolphin Quest
which is located at the National Museum Complex of Bermuda in Royal Naval Dockyard, there are many programs offered by the center. There are programs designed for you to spend long intimate times with the dolphins, or shorter swims, or you can simply watch the shows.