Bermuda Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Glass Bottom boat tours are offered by several operators in Bermuda. All these boats have a part of their bottom (i.e. the hull) made of glass so that you can see through it and watch the fascinating coral reefs, fish and other marine life in the water.
You will sit on the edge of the glass bottom area as you watch the amazing underwater world. Depending on the place where you start the tour, the captain would take you to a nearby water area which is full of marine life and some such tours also let you feed fish.
The tour is also combined with some sightseeing. For example if you take the tour from Royal Naval Dockyard (Kings Wharf) area, then the usual water area where the boat goes is near the Western Blue Cut at the western waters. It shows you the partially submerged shipwreck of HMS Vixen where you also feed the fish. This is followed by glass bottom view in a place like Sea Garden which is famous for its crystal clear water and lovely view of colorful corals looking like a tropical garden, and marine life.
A typical glass bottom boat tour along with sightseeing lasts for about 90 minutes.
Operators & Offerings
Here are the operators offering glass bottom boat tours in Bermuda:
Destiny Water Tours
They have a 78-ft boat with air conditioned cabin and offer several types of Glass Bottom boat tours. First one is a Glass Bottom tour which usually takes you to western waters showing colorful coral reefs and the partially submerged shipwreck of HMS Vixen.
The second type of tour is a Glass Bottom & Sightseeing combo where other than reefs and shipwreck, you get to experience feeding fish, see famous celebrity homes along the shoreline & picturesque scenes, pass by several lovely secluded islands known locally as 'The Straights of Paradise'. On your return you see a part of the shore known as 'Fairylands Creek' where the richest of the island live - purchase of a house here below $3 million is considered a steal. You also enjoy drinks from the on-board bar. All along a commentary is given so that you learn a lot about the island and its people.
They also offer night glass bottom tour on the same boat. During the night time the glass bottom is lit up so that you can clearly see the corals and marine life underneath. Cocktails are available on board.
This is another large 70-ft boat with two open decks taking up to 150 passengers. The lower deck has the glass bottom while the upper deck has Bimini top cover to relax and watch views.
The large glass bottom is great for underwater views. They take you to the reefs in the western water and show you an 18th century shipwreck of HMS Vixen. You also participate in fish feeding. The tour then moves on to Turtle cove to show you green turtles. They also offer a combo tour including Glass Bottom, Turtle Cove, Swimming & Snorkeling. Visit Reef Explorer
for more info and contacts.
Captain Kirk's Coral Reef Adventure
One option with this operator is the large 65-ft boat 'Coral Princess' with two decks. The tour leaves from the dockyard, takes you to the shipwreck site of HMS Vixen. Here you also see a large variety of marine life including fish through glass bottom views.
The boat then anchors very close to the shore in the shallows where you can swim and snorkel, or wade ashore. Complimentary rum swizzle is provided.
Indicative rate: $70 per adult, $50 for child under 12. Captain Kirk also offers only glass bottom tour with only sightseeing for $50 per adult & $30 per child.
Another 40-ft boat 'Reef Comber' is offered for glass bottom & snorkel charter. It has a capacity of 40. It has marine head (toilet), swim platform and glass bottom. Water sports like jet ski, kayak, water ski etc can also be arranged.
The operator also offers 'Bermuda Triangle Night Glass Bottom Tour'. It's a tour after dark and you watch the underwater marine life and corals as the ocean floor gets lit up with powerful lights under the boat. Complimentary rum swizzles are served. Indicative rate: $55 per person.
Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Nancy (June 2017)
While on a cruise to Bermuda we took an excursion on the glass bottom sunset cruise by reef explorer. We had a wonderful time. Saw lots of fish and turtles and a beautiful sunset. Our captain was very knowledgeable and his crew was very friendly. I would highly recommend this tour.