Kayaking in Bermuda
Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore Bermuda's waters. Since it's eco-friendly and doesn't make any sound, you can silently move around and see the fish, turtles and many other marine life and even wildlife on the coastline. You can also explore many coral reefs, coves and shipwrecks in Bermuda. You have an option to take an organized kayaking tour in Bermuda, or simply rent a kayak and be on your own along with a guide.
All the kayaks provided by the operators in Bermuda are Ocean Kayaks which are made of molded fiber and you will be sitting on top rather than inside. These are far more stable and easy to maneuver. For organized kayaking tours, the rates vary and are generally $60 upwards per person. Usually the tours last for 2 to 3 hours. Most of these kayak tours are available during the high season (March through October).
Here are the top kayak operators & tours in Bermuda offering some of the most wonderful experiences in kayaking.
This is a guided kayak eco adventure tour which is operated by Fantasea. From the dockyard they take you to a beach site by a short boat cruise and begin the kayak tour on double seater kayaks. The kayaks have glass bottom views as well. The tour explores the western coastline, its many rocky formations, uninhabited islands & beaches, underwater marine life and corals through glass bottom views etc and ends with a cool off swim and refreshing beverages.
Island Tour Center (sales unit of Fantasea). They are located at Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys. Phone: (441) 236-1300; Email: [email protected]
Crystal Clear Kayaks
They operate out of Daniel's Head Beach
in Sandys and at a short distance from the cruise ship dockyard. They have single and double seating kayaks with glass bottom panel so that while kayaking you can view the beautiful underwater marine life and fish. While you can take a guided day kayak tour, but the best is the sunset kayak tour.
Crystal Clear Kayaks no longer operates at Daniel's Head Beach. They now operate out of Clearwater Beach
at St. Davids Island in St. George's Parish. You can find them at the Gomey's Bar & Restaurant located next to Clearwater Beach.
The kayaks are fitted with LED lights and in the dark when you see the water and the fish illuminated with the Kakak lights, it's a amazing and unforgettable sight. The lights are powerful enough and there is no risk of collisions, moreover it's a guided kayak trip. They also offer kayaks and hydrobikes on rent on an hourly basis.
Following are the guided kayak tours and rentals (along with indicative prices):
Hydrobikes - $25 per hour
Paddle Boats (seat 2 adults and 2 children) - $40 per hour OR $25 for a 1/2 hour
Eclipses - $25 per hour
Crystal Clear Kayaks (Double Seater) - $40 per hour
Crystal Clear Kayaks (Single Seater) - $25 per hour
Guided Clear Bottom Kayak tour. Duration: 70 minutes (approx.). $40.00 per person
Guided Sunset Kayak tour. 80 minutes (approx.). $50.00 per person
Kayak Rentals: $30 per person per hour in single kayak. $15 any additional hours. $25 per person per hour in double kayak. $15.00 any additional hours.
Hours: Monday - Sunday (10am to sunset) from April to October.
Contacts: Phone: (441) 595-2925
They take you to the reefs area and even to shipwreck site. You can even snorkel there if you want. They provide single and double kayaks. They operate out of the following locations:
Somerset Bridge Dive Center:
Contacts at Elbow Beach Hotel: 441/232-2909.
There are several other companies who provide kayaks on rent. Here are some of the well known companies :
Dive Bermuda operates from the following locations:
1) Fairmont Southampton Hotel, Southampton. Phone: 441/238-2332
2) Hamilton Princess Hotel, Hamilton. Phone: 441/295-9485
Postal address: Dive Bermuda, PO Box HM 237, Hamilton HM AX, Bermuda
Blue Hole Water Sports Center is located at the Grotto Bay Beach Hotel
They are located in Southampton. Bus Routes: #7 and 8.
Phone: 800/343-4155 in the U.S. and Canada, or 441/234-0222 in Bermuda.
Somerset Bridge Watersports, a family owned business offerings Kayaks for exploring the western part of the island. It's very convenient for the dockyard cruise passengers. They are located near Somerset Bridge in Sandys.
Open daily and can be contacted between 7:30am and 7:30pm local time.
Phone: 441/234-0914 and 441/234-3145.
30 Kings Point, Sandys Parish (10 minutes from the dockyard by bus)
They offer single or double sit on top kayaks. Great for exploring the western water areas like Mangrove Bay. Phone: (441) 234 3082; Email: [email protected]
They have a booking center on Water Street and their main operation is at St. George's Dinghy & Sports Club on Cut road. While you can rent ocean kayaks on rent (single or double) by the hour and be on your own, they also offer a guided 90 minute kayak tour taking you close to the nature through a lagoon full of mangroves where you get to experience a lot of Bermuda's flora and fauna. They also narrate a lot of history of the island.
They operate in the eastern side of Bermuda around St. George' Parish. After an initial practice paddling they will take you to a sheltered beach on a safari yacht. you will then kayak to Castle Island Nature Reserve in the Castle Harbor
. Here you will see the limestone reefs, wildlife, watch the Bermuda Longtail birds. You are given glass-bottom kayaks so that you can see the marine life below as you float along. You will come back kayaking to the beach and swim or snorkel if you like.
Update 2014: Kayak Bermuda has closed down.
Contact Persons: Stephen / Virginia McKey
Phone: (441) 505-2925; (441) 737-7378; Location: Ordnance Island, Town of St. George
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Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Bob DeLuca (May 2015)
I have read about some of the more secluded beaches and how to get to them. Can kayaks make access to any of these beaches easier? Are there any restrictions on pulling kayaks up on the beach or boats?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2015
If you are talking about the secluded island beaches in Castle harbor, it is possible to kayak to some of them. However you should take a guided kayak tour. The operator 'Just Add Water' organizes such kayak tours from St. Georges, and so does Blue Hole Watersports operating out of Grotto Bay Beach Resort in Hamilton parish. These kayak tours take you to islands and island-beaches. You can pull up your Kayak on the beach.
Dave Groves (July 2014)
Hi Raj, Kayak Bermuda is closed. Is there anyone offering kayaking in St George? Thanks,
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) July 2014
Hi Dave, Don't think you will get any Kayak operator at St George (no cruise ships this year). Closest would be Blue Hole Water Sports operating out of Grotto Bay Beach resort in Hamilton Parish. You can explore the beautiful water area of Castle Harbor (in St George's parish).