WhEn you journEy ovEr thE sEa to visit a group of islands as unforgEttaBlE as Bermuda, you can’t rEturn without first taking a dip and making a splash. Action Water SportS Explorers had to brave Bermuda’s treacherous reefs to get to the island, but today’s sportsmen can experience even more thrills by engaging in one of many action water sports offered throughout the territory. Those looking for an action-packed experience should consider hopping on a Jet Ski, hooking onto a wakeboard or donning some water skis. Most tours last over an hour. Those searching for an even more panoramic view of the islands can also strap into a parasail and soar high above for a oneof- a-kind experience. For a real adrenaline rush, don’t miss the WildCat, a high-speed catamaran operated by K. S. WaterSports that will take you on the adventure of your life. Diving Bermuda’s maritime heritage dates back to the 17th century, and that means the territory boasts hundreds of shipwrecks to explore (in addition to the miles of reefs responsible for many of those wrecks!). Scuba diving offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the island’s underwater bounty and the creatures that inhabit its surrounding waters. The best months to dive are May to October. Expect visibility from 70 to 100 feet, sometimes to 150 feet, and warm water temperatures up to 85 F / 29 C in summer, below 64 F / 18 C in winter. For some great options, look for Fantasea Bermuda. SnorKelling One of the easiest ways to explore Bermudian waters is to don a snorkel, mask and fins and start swimming out. Bermuda’s living coral reefs are a shell’s throw away from shore, and the crystal-clear waters are tailor-made for observing the colourful fish and crustaceans that make their homes there. If you’re brave enough to snorkel at night, grab a lamp and you may be rewarded with a truly unique display — at certain times of the year a natural bioluminescence appears, The product of light created by glowworms in the water. In the East End, you can snorkel in a protected, tranquil beach at Tobacco Bay. Buzz on the Beach has all the equipment you need for rental, plus great food and drinks. At the western tip of Royal Naval Dockyard, Snorkel Park Beach makes snorkelling accessible to all ages and abilities with a beach, amenities, snorkel gear, paddleboats, kayaks, inflatable toys and water slides. Just offshore is a natural coral reef and sunken sailboat. To reach the outer reefs, take one of the tour boats departing from Royal Naval Dockyard, Southampton, Hamilton or St. George’s. Several major resorts use tour operators who combine snorkelling with glassbottom boat tours, catamaran cruises or some deserted-beach time. DolPhin Swim Universally admired, dolphins are amongst the smartest and gentlest of all mammals, and Dolphin Quest puts you in touch with them at its safe pond at the National Museum of Bermuda at Royal Naval Dockyard. Kids of all ages can touch the dolphins from a dock and even swim with them in what is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Boating Get in touch with your inner explorer when you pilot your own vessel with a handful of friends, snorkelling gear, fishing poles, picnic lunch and nobody’s schedule but your own. All manner of paddling, sailing, motoring and racing is enjoyed in Bermuda. You can be your own captain and rent a motorboat, sailboat, Hobie Cat, Sunfish, pedal boat or kayak. On the other hand, maybe you’d prefer to leave the work to professionals and relax aboard your own charter yacht. Exclusive Charters offers cruises aboard Holding Firm II, a 37-foot Sea Ray Express Bridge. With a fully air-conditioned cabin bridge and enclosed seating, it can easily carry up to 20 passengers and delivers services on request such as manicures, catered menus and massage therapy. Amongst the largest charter companies in Bermuda is ladyboats, whose staff provides leisurely sightseeing cruises in a wellappointed setting. Spacious and comfortable,
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