Snorkel Park Bermuda
A Nice Snorkeling Beach
is located at the western end of Bermuda in Sandy's parish and has a lovely beach with white sands. It is located within the Royal Naval Dockyard
(the Kings Wharf port area) and a short walk from the cruise terminal. You will enter through a limestone tunnel to get to this beach venue that has been designed mainly for families and children. Sunken cannons, many underwater features along with shallow waters really makes it an attractive snorkeling beach in Bermuda. The water is calm. There are two slides into the water.
The water here is excellent for snorkeling and you can see lots of colorful fish and corals. You can actually find parrotfish in the coral reefs, and also angelfish, doctor fish, blue tang, gray snappers, and many other types of fish. You can get snorkeling equipment, paddleboats, and kayaks on rent. If you plan to snorkel, try to get your own snorkel gears to save on the rental charges which is quite heavy (indicative rates provided below).
Snorkel Park Bermuda
There are marked trails for snorkeling. You will find floating rest stations along the trail. There are also underwater signs so that you know what you are looking at. If you don't like to swim when snorkeling, you can rent an underwater scooter, which is a simple fan-propelled machine that you can use in place of swimming.
This is a fun park for children where you can also feed cereal to the fish and see them come towards you and virtually eat out of your hands. Wear water shoes when on this beach as there are certain places (underwater sections of the beach) with rocks/glasses that could hurt your feet.
You can rent umbrellas, lounge chairs, regular chairs, cabanas and even ocean front beds for the whole day. There are bathrooms, changing rooms, and lockers available.
Imagery of Snorkel Park.
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The Hammerheads Bar and Grill, a restaurant inside the Snorkel Park serves nice casual food and drinks. They have some interesting island style cuisine and snacks. Some of the popular items on the menu includes chicken tenders, burgers, fish n' chips, and of course island's signature fish chowder. You get some great cocktails like the "Shark Oil" which is supposed to be quite popular here. It's a strong drink though. They also serve Haagen Dazs ice creams and frozen drink specialties.
Jet Ski safari
is available at Snorkel Park. It's a great 90-minute electric scooter ride in the water that starts from here and takes you to various places in the western end including the world's smallest draw bridge - The Somerset Bridge, Ely's Harbor, Vixen Shipwreck and many other great places with excellent scenic views around. You will also see lots of fish, turtles and other marine life on the way.
Island Beach Parties
take place at the Snorkel Park Beach in the evenings on certain days of the week. It gives a great option for a high energy family nighttime entertainment in Bermuda. Other than beachside dinner, you can enjoy a lot of entertainment including dancing and singing contests, congo lines, limbo dancing, DJs, steel pan music etc.
Update September 2019:
Snorkel Park is set to go through a major overhaul. A group of new operators including Beach Boy (that operates Tobacco Bay Beach
) along with several other partnering agencies have been appointed to transform and operate Snorkel Park. The objective is to create a world-class waterpark along with improved nightlife here. The renovation would be done in phases and is expected to take three years to complete.
Admission, Hours and Activities
Snorkel Park is open during the summer season and usually remains closed during November through 1st week of April.
Daytime Entry to Snorkel Park (open from 9am until sunset)
Monday - Saturday: Admission - $5, Children 12 and under - Free. Sundays: Admission - $10 (includes beach volleyball, live bands, conga lines, family games and contest etc).
Nighttime (Club Aqua Nightclub) 10pm-3am
Entry: $10 (above 18 only). There is an open air nightclub at Snorkel Park Beach
known as Club Aqua which comes alive after 10pm. It operates during the summer season and on certain days of the week when cruise ships are on port. The key attractions at the club includes enjoying a party under the starry sky, DJs and Live Bands, food available till late hours etc. There are also pick up and drop services for those coming from Hamilton and other places.
Snorkel Gears: $20 per day for the full set with fins, half set (mask and snorkel) $10
Beach Chairs $10, Chaise Lounge $15, Umbrella $10, Day bed $35, Cabanas starting at $250
Kayaks $25 per hour
Pedal Boats (2 persons) $25 per hour
Stand Up Paddle Boards $30/hour
All snorkel sets are sterilized after each use. You need to deposit a form of identification- a ship card or a driver's license or passport is required.
Location and Contacts
Visit the Beach Map
to see the location of Snorkel Park and several other great beaches.
7 Maritime Lane, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys, Bermuda.
Snorkel Park is located at the north eastern end of Royal Naval Dockyard (in Sandys). From the cruise pier, it takes only 8-9 minute walk to Snorkel Park via North Arm and Maritime Lane.
There are regular Bus Services between Hamilton City and the dockyard. Bus #7 or #8 takes about 1 hour to reach dockyard from Hamilton city. Direct ferry from Hamilton to the dockyard ferry point takes about 20 minutes.
As you stand on the beach facing the water, you will see the 30-foot wall of the fortress on the right. The fort is home to National Museum of Bermuda
which has exhibits and artifacts of Bermuda's maritime history and many other historical archives since the settlement took place in the island. The Dolphin Quest
(a dolphin show and interaction center) is also located inside the fort.
Since Snorkel Park is part of the Dockyard complex, you will see a lot of things as you go around the dockyard. You will find art galleries that showcase the creative talents of local artists, glass blowing factory, pottery, craft market, Clocktower Mall with many boutique shops, several bars and restaurants, tour companies offering boating and island tours, watersport activities etc.
Rhonda (September 2018)
I do not recommend Snorkel Park for families. We were there last year and discovered lots of broken glass from empty beer bottles and cigarettes. This beach hosts parties at night and you can definitely tell.
Erica (March 2017)
I was actually there 2 years ago and I DISLIKED snorkel park across from the ships. The beach was dirty with straws and cigarette butts.
Stew (October 2015)
We were there in Bermuda 2 weeks ago had a great time. Weather was 85 sunny very hot. Snorkel beach was good, rented kayaking with grandkids and paddle boats, had a great time. Yes there were rocks at the beach but way do you want! It was clean and didn't see any sign of glass. Love Bermuda
John Carr (June 2014)
Hi Raj; This is a fine web site. I have been to Bermuda many times over the past forty years, always for vacation. I usually stay near the South Beaches, but this time I am coming by cruise on the NCL Dawn. As I get older I am amazed at the changes in the region where the ships dock. As I age, physical limitations have caught, and I can not do as much as I would like. Please tell me if the beach nearby that costs $5.00 is cluttered with broken glass. I have read several comments from customers who say it is dangerous. Honestly, what is your professional opinion? (I am aware of your lack of liability, just wanted to try to get the most honest information possible. Thank you for considering my question. Cheers, John
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2014
Hi John, In my personal opinion the beach has improved since the time they stopped the island beach parties there. Until last year there used to be on-beach parties where all could participate for a fee. Empty beer bottles thrown into water and smashing on underwater rocks largely contributed to such problems. Although the staff tried cleaning them up, it was far from being safe. While a major source of the problem is removed, it's difficult to say if the beach is now completely free of glasses. But there are certainly underwater sharp rocks and shells close to the beach.
Tracy (August 2013)
Snorkel beach - located near the ships, is terrible. There is a $5 charge, and a lot of rocks. Don't recommend the time or money to go there. It's convenient, but then so is the transportation to the other beaches. Get a 2 or 3 day pass. Works for the ferry and bus. Taxi's are a rip off if you get sucked in... (I didn't) but they tried.
Lena (June 2013)
Just visited Snorkel Park last week and had a horrible experience! After spending only 5 minutes in the water, our son stepped on broken glass and cut both of his feet! I had to run around trying to find a worker to help and after the fourth person, I was handed a first aid kit and no real concern! We had to wrap his bleeding feet ourselves just so we could carry him back to our ship to receive 14 stitches!!
While trying to carry him off the beach someone approached us from Snorkel Park and said that there wasn't anything they could do about the glass! Wrong Answer!!! After returning home I have been doing some research and found that this has been an ongoing problem for at least a few years! Other friends and family members that were traveling with us gathered up handfuls of very sharp (freshly broken) glass from everywhere!! It was even at the bottom of a "kiddie slide" that was in the water!
Apparently they are not enforcing a "no glass" policy nor are they making an attempt to pick any of the glass up or warn visitors! Hopefully somebody is able to do something about this problem before someone else gets seriously injured!!
Ms. Ming (June 2013)
Upon arriving at Snorkel Beach on Friday June 21, with a group of school children, we were told that groups of students were not allowed on Fridays. I saw no sign that confirmed this, nor have I seen any thing written anywhere that can corroborate that. They also ask for $5. from children and I see that children under 12 are suppose to be free. What is really going on at this Beach? Do they not want Bermudian children at the beach and how is that allowed in this day and age? I will be making inquiries about this incident to see if this was even lawful. Show me somewhere where it bars children on Fridays because once I walked around and read all the signs, I saw no sign that stated that rule.
6/11--Just returned from Bermuda. Decided to check out Snorkel Park because of its proximity to the ship. Reviews also sounded favorable and my daughter loves to snorkel. We paid the $5 cover charge for the adults but were sadly disappointed once we got down to the beach. There was glass everywhere...sand, water. I wouldn't let my kids take their shoes off. My son wanted to make a sand castle but every time he would dig in the sand, more glass surfaced. There is a sign about "No Bottles" on the beach but because Snorkel Park becomes a night club each evening, it is obvious this rule is not enforced. I would think twice about heading over and paying to visit this beach, especially if you have kids.
We were in Bermuda on the NCL Spirit last week and were very dismayed to find that Snorkel Park is now charging a $5 per person cover charge. With this charge we expected better than average experience and what we found was broken glass (which we reported but never saw it cleaned up), slow service (had to wait over 15 minutes to rent a chair), broken water faucets (trying to clean off the sand as we made our way tot he exit) and attitudes that did not make us feel welcome but that made us feel taken advantage of.
The news of these new charges is making it's way to the cruise "boards" and people are not happy with the new policy - this may cause Snorkel Park to see quite a decline in business - instead of buying a cocktail or two as we planned, we spent our money on admission instead. And we do not understand why we were asked for our Cruise ID on admission - what reason was there for seeing our cruise card? Very disappointed in the new policy.