Snorkeling beaches in Bermuda for beginners

Dear Raj, I am delighted to have discovered your website! It is making the planning of our up-coming trip much easier - and, I must say, more exciting, as I am catching some of your enthusiasm for traveling to Bermuda. I have a question about snorkeling in Bermuda: 
I am not a confident swimmer. In your opinion, what would be the least intimidating place for a novice? Sincerely, 
Geri (March 2010) 
Geri, I hope you see this posting and understand what may be the best places for snorkeling in Bermuda for beginners. Firstly, I would like to say that out of all the places that we have visited so far, Bermuda clearly stands out from the rest in terms of what it offers to snorkelers and divers. You will probably not get such magnificent combination of marine life, coral reefs and shipwrecks anywhere else in the world.  
So If you are planning to start the Snorkeling venture in Bermuda, you are probably doing it at the best place ever in the world. If you are a beginner, then I would recommend one of the two places below: 
  • Snorkel Park: If you are coming by a cruise ship and docked at Kings Wharf at the western end of the island, this is a great place to try out snorkeling. It's excellent for families and children, and has a wide stretch of shallow waters. You can see the walls of Keeps Fort at a short distance. There are marked trails for snorkeling and several underwater features including marine life. 
  • Shelly Bay Beach: Located in Hamilton Parish, this is one of the very highly rated family beaches and is ideal for novice swimmers and children. It has extensive stretch of shallow waters and the water here is quite calm making it great for snorkeling. This pink sandy beach is surrounded by a cove, which separates it from the ocean waves. There are plenty of trees along the shore that provide ample shades. 
    Hope this helps... 
    Raj ( March 2010 
    Dear Raj, 
    You say Shelly Bay is a nice place for the novice swimmer but you don't mention if there are any fish. I want to see colorful fish but I want to be safe too as I am not an outstanding swimmer. Where do you suggest I go? Thank you, 
    Sharon (August 2010) 
    While Shelly Bay is a nice shallow beach with lots of shade, you wont see much fish there. For that you can try the following: 
    Snorkel Park Beach: Its in the dockyard complex and a short walk from the cruise ship. But this is an artificial beach (man made). Also, this is likely to be very crowded being close to the cruise ship. Some one wrote to me saying that they have recently introduced an entry fee. 
    Tobacco Bay: This is at the other end of Bermuda (in St. Georges). Ferry can be lot faster to reach. This is also excellent for swimming and snorkeling. Water is quite shallow here. 
    You will get details of these beaches in my website when you click "Great Beaches" on the left menu. 
    Hope this helps. 
    Raj (August 2010)  

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