Last Updated: March 29, 2018
Sightseeing & Sunset Cruises
Numerous operators offer boating & sailing tours of all types in Bermuda. You can avail sightseeing or sunset cruises, cruises to view marine nightlife, eco & adventure boat tours, several combination tours, and even sailing lessons. Several Snorkel Cruises are also available.
Below are the popular boating & sailing tours (booking info is given at the bottom).
Sunset & Sightseeing Boat Tours
Hamilton Sunset Sail: Sail away and enjoy sightseeing of Bermuda's magnificent shoreline. You will enjoy a rum swizzle on board as island style music plays in the background. The cruise also offers an open cash bar. The crew provides discussion-style commentary along the way. This is a 1.5-hour cruise only for adults. The tour departs from Hamilton City, Albuoy's Point (behind the ferry terminal).
Catamaran Sunset Sail: This is a sunset sail on one of the luxury catamarans. It's a 1.5 hours cruise in the western waters. You will be given a complimentary beverage to start with. With on-board discussion style commentary and island music, it's a lovely way to enjoy the amazing views of setting sun on the Atlantic. There is a cash bar on board. The tour departs from Royal naval Dockyard next to the ferry stop. So it's quite convenient for the tourists arriving by cruise ship and docking at Kings Wharf or Heritage Wharf. Note that only 18 years and above are allowed in this tour.
Famous Homes & Hideaways Cruise:
This is another nice sightseeing tour for those who are interested in the history and information about the island. You will cruise along the shoreline while getting to know lots of stories and historical facts. You will see many homes of famous persons and celebrities on the way as well as several historical landmarks. This cruise is similar to the one operated by Winsome Cruises. See Famous Homes & Hideaways
for details. The cruise lasts for about 2 hours.
Marine Nightlife in Bermuda Triangle: This cruise starts with a complimentary local cocktail the Rum Swizzle as you board this night time cruise into the mysterious Bermuda Triangle water area towards the western side of the island. This is accompanied by a lively commentary by the captain. All of a sudden, the ocean beneath you is flooded with brilliant beams of light. You will watch in wonder the underwater nightlife through the glass bottom as the boat's underwater lights illuminate the depths. There is a full cash bar to soothe your nerves. This is a 1.5-hour tour. It operates from the Dockyard next to the ferry stop.
Gosling's Rum Cruise:
This is a fun cruise around the Great Sound
water area in the western part of the island. As you view the beautiful bay and the pastel colored homes on the shoreline, you will be served a liqueur and three different rums. They will also demonstrate how the island's original cocktails like Rum Swizzle and Dark 'n Stormy are prepared with Gosling's rums which you can then sample. A rum veteran will narrate the story of Gosling's Rum which is the oldest business in Bermuda. There is a cash bar in case you want to indulge more. This is a 1.5-hour tour and operates in the evening from Royal Naval Dockyard next to the ferry stop.
Sightseeing Boat Tours with Activities
Several boat operators take groups to offshore water locations for snorkeling, showing lovely sights of the coastline and dockyard along the way. Some focus on snorkeling for shipwrecks while others combine wrecks with wonderful views of corals. Most such tours last for about 2 hours. Check out Snorkel Cruises
for full info.
Cruise & Kayak Eco Tour:
You will be first taken by a boat shuttle to a calm water area in the western end of the island. You will then board the double seater sit-on-top kayak. This guided kayak tour will take you along the shoreline and show you many secluded beaches, uninhabited islands, rock formations, landmarks and even homes of rich & famous on the shore. It'll be coupled with a running commentary. And below through glass panel, you will be able to see the beautiful marine life. Finally you will finish the kayak tour with a cool-off swim and complimentary soft drinks. This is a 3.5-hour tour. It operates daily from the Dockyard Watersports Center. Visit Kayak Tours
for full info.
Whale Watching Cruise:
This is a popular whale watching boat tour in the island. To view whales in their natural habitat you will need to be in Bermuda between March to April when the Humpback Whales migrate from the Caribbean to North Atlantic. You can sometimes see them leap out of the water - a spectacular scene. There are veteran crews conducting such whale watching cruises since 1987. While no food is served on board, there is a cash bar offering drinks and beverages. You can carry your own food. The tour operates on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between March and April, and leaves from Dockyard next to the ferry stop. Visit Whale Watching & Tours in Bermuda
for more info.
Boat, Bike & Beach Tour:
This is a great combination tour offering you best of several things. It starts with a short boat tour along Bermuda's coastline. This is followed by 5-8 miles leisurely bike ride along the old Bermuda Railway Trail
with 21speed mountain bikes on a fairly flat terrain. The guide will stop at various points and explain the places and the landmarks you pass by including their historical background. Such landmarks include the Fort Scaur
and the sprawling estate of Mott Family of 17th century. You will finish with a cool-off swim and complimentary soft drinks. This is a 3.5-hour tour. It operates daily from the Dockyard and next to Watersports Center.
Learn to Sail (Discover Sailing): If you dream to be a sailor, then this is a great opportunity to begin pursuing such dream. You can learn how to sail and get to know the basics of sailing at the end of this sailing course conducted by a certified sailing instructor. At the end of the course, you will know how to handle a sailing boat or a yacht on your own. The sail boat used for this course is of J/24 class which has more than 50,000 people sailing 5,300 boats all over the world. This 3.5-hour sailing lesson takes place daily from Dockyard & Hamilton.
Book a Boat or Sailing Tour
You can book using one of the following operators:
Select and book a cruise or sailing tour using World's #1 online service (Viator) at low prices.
2) Island Tour Center
Island Tour Center is a Bermuda base activity & tour booking agency located at the Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys. They are part of the parent company Fantasea. Many tour operators are enlisted with them. Note that if you book through Island Tour Center, they usually add a booking fee for each tour. You can also book a tour online through their website.
Office Hours (Bermuda Time):
Summer: 8:00am-6:00pm, Monday to Sunday
Winter: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday to Friday
Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Patrick LaSalle (March 2018)
Hi Raj, Do any sunset cruises sail from Hamilton, or only the Dockyard? Thanks,
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2018
Hi Pat, Island Tour Center (the sales unit of Fantasea) offers a Hamilton Sunset Sail which starts from Albuoy's Point on Hamilton harbor. You can write to them ([email protected]
) for details of the tour and booking.
Rickey Hodges (October 2015)
How do I book Sunset Catamaran Cruise. Will be arriving on Carnival Dream on 9 October 2015. There will be 2 of us. Thanks
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) October 2015
You can book the cruise and several others online through this Viator Link
Anthony Campanelli (May 2014)
Hello, my wife and i along with a few friends will be coming to bermuda on a cruise june 31st-may6th. about 5 years ago i went their and we did a sunset cruise with unlimited drinks aboard. Can you tell me if there is something like that still going on? We would prefer to pay one fee rather then buy drink everytime. thanks for the advice.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2014
Hi, To my knowledge, there is no longer any sunset sailing cruise available with unlimited drinks. However most sunset cruises would offer one complimentary drink like a rum swizzle and have cash bars. One sailing cruise offered by Island Tour Center these days is known as 'Goslings Rum Cruise' where you get to enjoy three different island rums.
Susan Germana (September 2013)
I am very disappointed with Island Tour Centre of Bermuda and would not recommend that company. On Saturday, 8/31/13 at around 8:30 AM or so, I phoned Island Tour Centre to book a Glass-Bottom Boat Tour for myself and 2 friends. They took my credit card info and asked us to arrive at the Island Tour Centre's kiosk at the Dockyard by 9:30 AM for the 10:00 AM tour. We quickly left to catch a bus - arriving at Island Tour Centre's kiosk at 9:15 AM. No one was around so we waited - and waited. By 10:00 AM, when there was still no one at the kiosk, we went to the Visitor Center and asked at the Island Tour Centre's info desk. We were shocked to hear that the tour was cancelled because we were the only ones who had signed up. I want to warn others and save them from the disappointment - and time wasted - that we experienced. I received a receipt for my credit card refund - but it has not appeared yet on my statement (as of 9/4/13). We then spoke with a gentleman who had arrived to work on the boat (he wasn't told of the cancellation either - and he gave us tokens (I think paid with his own money) to take the Ferry. We appreciated his generosity. Island Tour Centre is very unprofessional.
Amy Da Ponte (Island Tour Centre) December 2013
We are very sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience with booking the Glass Bottom Boat Tour. Island Tour Centre is a booking agency and we rely on our operators to provide us with up-to-date schedules as well as inform us of cancellations. Unfortunately in this situation we, like you, and the captain of the vessel, were not made aware that the tour was cancelled. This was an extremely rare occurrence, we sincerely apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience. We hope that you contact us on your next visit our beautiful island again so we can ensure that you have a more positive experience. Regards.