Ricky's Minibus Tour of Bermuda
About the operator
Kevin owns and operates his own minibus. He has launched his minibus in May 2015. It's a Toyota make white air-conditioned minibus which can accommodate up to 15 persons. The minibus is quite spacious and comfortable. Kevin is himself a certified tour guide of Bermuda and quite knowledgeable about the island.
The tours usually operate in a group on per person rate. His signature tour is the Total Island Experience Tour which can last for 6 hours and covers almost all major highlights of the island including western, central and eastern areas. He is based out of Sandys which makes it easier for him to cater to the cruise ship passengers.
He will be right there outside the cruise berth with a board if you booked him in advance. Even otherwise when his tour is not booked, he is often seen outside the wharf with a smile offering tours to the passengers coming out of the cruise ship.
Photo: Ricky's Minibus Tours
The tour usually starts at Royal Naval Dockyard (the western end of Bermuda). The first stop is at Heydon Trust Chapel
, which is the smallest chapel in Bermuda that was built in 1620 and located in a wonderful parkland. Next he will take you to Fort Scaur
which was built to protect the Royal Naval Dockyard from enemy attacks. The parkland here is beautiful and you can get lovely vistas all around. Next is Somerset Bridge
which is the smallest drawbridge in the world.
The next stop is the centrally located Hamilton City
where the group spends 30 minutes, mainly walking along the Front Street which is the main shopping street in Bermuda. After that the group proceeds to Bermuda Aquarium
located in Hamilton Parish. The next stop is St. George's Town at the eastern end (the World Heritage Site where the first settlement in Bermuda began). The stop will be for 45 minutes and you can visit the town square known as Kings Square, historic churches such as St. Peter's Church
etc. Alternatively an option is given to visit Crystal Cave (in lieu of St. George).
Finally the return starts via picturesque Tucker's Town (where the affluent residents live) and South Road and you will see a number of lovely south shore beaches. The final stop is at Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
, and if you want, you can climb the stairs and get to the top balcony and soak in the lovely views of Ely's Harbor and island scenes.
Other than showing you the main attractions of the island, the tour also includes a lot of photo opportunities and Kevin would stop to let you take pictures at many places. In fact, at the first stop of Somerset Bridge
, he would ask the guests to go and stand on the bridge. He will then go down to a small parkland below and take a picture of the group.
Another good part of the tour is the flexibility. So depending on your choice you can also ask him to customize the tour and focus on certain attractions more than the others. Well if it's a group tour on per person fare, then such customization should be acceptable to all. Along the way Kevin will tell you a lot about Bermuda, the history of the island since early 1600s and how the relationship between the island and the US flourished over time along with tourism.
Kevin has also introduced an Evening Tour which operates for four hours and only during the summers. It covers many of the attractions of the Total Island Experience Tour. Here too you will cover almost the whole island but in shorter time. The tour operates on few days of the week, and departs from the dockyard at 4pm and returns at 8pm.
Apart from island tours, Kevin also offers beach drop and pickup, direct transport to any place in the island, round trip harbor night shuttle from dockyard to Front Street etc.
Hours of operation
The tours operate seven days a week (9am onwards).
The Total Island Experience Tour (6 hours): $65 per person.
The evening 4 hour island tour: $55 per person ($65 on Wednesdays when it covers Harbor Nights at Hamilton).
Private tour: $780 up to 12 persons; $ 65 for each additional person.
Note: Tours do not include food or admission fees.
Ricky's Island Tours, 11 Pinkhouse Lane, Sandys, Bermuda
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