BERMUDA HAS NO SHORTAGE OF SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES TO KEEP YOU ACTIVE DURING YOUR VISIT. Some people like to relax on a beach, whilst others’ idea of serenity is practising their favourite outdoor activity. Bermuda is a special destination where both can be achieved. Thrill-seekers need not surrender their craving for adrenaline, as the island has so many exciting offerings for sports and adventure. In fact, anywhere you look, whether on land or sea, a new sporty endeavour is just waiting for you. Measuring just 21 square miles in area, Bermuda maximises the land to provide some of the best sports activity facilities in the world. TEE OFF With close proximity to New England in the U.S. and its English heritage, golf is one of the primary sporting activities in Bermuda, and one of the most promoted to visitors. The territory has a total of eight golf courses, with an additional one being planned for development in Southampton Parish. The island’s fairways and greens have attracted luminaries of the sport, celebrities and even politicians — including U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, as well as numerous members of the British Royal Family and British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan and Edward Heath. Though most of the courses are private and thus available to resort guests and members, several will accept visiting players with advance notice. You can also get the whole family putting around at fun and exciting miniature golf establishments. The following are the courses you can expect to be able to play this season: Belmont Hill Golf Course. Located in Warwick Parish and part of Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Club, this private, 18-hole, par-70 course was originally built in 1924, but entirely renovated in 2002 by designer Algie M. Pulley Jr. It overlooks the Great Sound and Hamilton Harbour and features water hazards, which are rare on Bermuda because of the island’s lack of freshwater. (236-6060, newsteadbelmonthills.com) Bermuda Fun Golf. Offering one acre of the “world’s finest mini golf course,” Bermuda Fun Golf is the perfect way for families to enjoy golf together. Located in Dockyard, its 18 holes boast exciting challenges, stunning views and lush vegetation. They even host private parties, corporate functions, children’s parties and special events. (400-PUTT , fungolf.bm) The Mid Ocean Club. One of the most celebrated courses on the island, the 18-hole, par-71 course was originally designed in 1921 by Charles Blair Macdonald, updated in 1953 by Robert Trent Jones and renovated in 2002. Located in Tucker’s Town, this private course is available to visitors on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through advance bookings. (293-1215, themidoceanclubbermuda.com) Ocean View Golf Course. One of two government-operated courses on Bermuda, this Devonshire Parish course is nine holes, par 70 and has been awarded four stars by Golf Digest. As a visitor, you can expect to pay an admission fee in addition to green fees, though these are much lower than those of private clubs. (295-9092, oceanviewgolf.bm) Port Royal Golf Course. The other government-run course, located in Southampton, this 18-hole, par-71 course was originally designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1970 and renovated in 2009. With 6,842 yards, it is the longest course on the island and has hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf tournament since 2009. Billed as the most exclusive tournament in the world, the Grand Slam invites only the four winners of golf’s top tournaments — the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship — to face off in a 36-hole event. In 2013, it will be held October 15–16. Visitors have full access and special rates, as well as the ability to rent equipment. (234-0974, portroyalgolf.bm) Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club. One of the oldest courses in Bermuda, this was the first 18-hole course on the island. It has updated throughout the years and maintains a high standard of play. It is par 70 and welcomes guest players with advance appointments, as well as guests of the Fairmont Southampton through its partnership with that property. (238-1060 Ext. 101, riddellsbay.com) Tucker’s Point Golf Course. Part of the ultra-exclusive Tucker’s Point Club, this 18-hole, par-70 course was originally designed in 1932 by Charles H. Banks and renovated in 2002 by Roger Rulewich, the former chief designer for Robert Trent Jones. Consistently ranked as one of the top golf resorts in the world, this course remains private, available to only members of Tucker’s Point Club and their guests. (298-6970, tuckerspoint.com) The Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton. This celebrated course overlooks the south shore of the island. Its 18 holes and par-54 level of play are entertaining for players of all levels thanks to the dramatic winds and several water hazards. (239-6952, fairmontgolf.Com/southampton) WICKET FUN Like many former British colonies, Bermuda has a special love of cricket. Pitches may be seen throughout the island, but the best time for the sport is during the midsummer Cup Match Cricket Festival. Typically celebrated during Emancipation Day and Somers’ Day (August 1–2, 2013), this event brings the entire island to a halt, as it is either attended or watched by citizens, who organise festivities around it. FLEET FEET One of the easiest ways to get some exercise and take in all the beauty of Bermuda is by running through its trails. Walking and running are true pastimes on Bermuda — just ask the folks at the Walking Club of Bermuda, who every Sunday morning set out on a six-mile walk through our island’s amazing scenery. You may join them, or explore on your own. (walk.free.bm) One easy trail to explore is the famous Bermuda Railway Trail. Following the path of the old railroad, which stopped operating in 1948, you can potentially see Bermuda from end to end, though at 18 miles, this might prove to be a challenge to do in a single day. The trail passes through historical sites, forests, coastline and nature reserves, making it an invigorating experience. However, this is not the only trail. Additional parks, such as Walsingham Nature Reserve and Paget Marsh, give you different options for running, walking or jogging. If you’re a dedicated runner, you may want to consider participating in the Bermuda Marathon Weekend, which will be held January 17–19, 2014. The event features several competitions, including the invitational mile, a 10K, 10K charity walk, half-marathon, marathon and the Bermuda Triangle Challenge. (296-0951, bermudaraceweekend.com) SCUBA DIVING OFFERS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE ISLAND’S UNDERWATER BOUNTY. AQUA ADVENTURES Bermuda’s winds and favourable currents make it an ideal place to get your heart racing a little in the open ocean. Many tour operators and beach concessions make Jet Skis available to visitors, as well as water skiing, windsurfing and wakeboarding. But no one says you need to stay strictly on the water — you can also parasail your way above the waves to see the Atlantic Ocean from a bird’s-eye view. A unique experience is getting on the WildCat, a high-speed catamaran operated by K.S. WaterSports (Thrill Adventures & Tours) that will take you on the adventure of your life as you blast your way through waves at up to 55 miles per hour. DEEP DOWN 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. And with more than 500 years of maritime mishaps on the surrounding reefs, Bermuda holds more than 400 shipwrecks in its waters. Most popular sites are at a depth of 30 to 50 feet and can be easily reached by boat or with an operator such as Fantasea Diving & Watersports or Tucker’s Point Dive & Water Sports Centre. The best months to dive are May to October, since the temperature will be warmest at that time. In the winter, you may need cold-water wetsuits, and generally visibility is poorer. Here are some of the most popular wreck sites to visit: The Constellation. An American schooner that sank off the West End in 1943 carrying Scotch whisky and morphine to Venezuela during WWII, this wreck was made famous by Jaws author Peter Benchley in his novel The Deep, which was then popularised by the film starring Jacqueline Bissett and Robert Shaw. Cristobal Colon. This Spanish luxury liner sank in 1936 off the north shore, and it is the largest of Bermuda’s wrecks, measuring almost 500 feet. The Hermes. Creating what is arguably the most popular dive site in Bermuda, this American ship was purposely sunk in 1985 about a mile from Horseshoe Bay on the south shore after it was damaged beyond repair. It was a planned artificial reef from the beginning, thus its clean condition today. The Vixen. Right off Somerset in the waters of Daniel’s Head, this is the one wreck that anyone, even snorkellers, can explore because it’s only half submerged in shallow waters. Mary Celeste. Not to be confused with the infamous ghost ship, this was a blockade runner that provided weapons to the Confederate forces during the U.S. Civil War until it sank near Church Bay on the south shore in 1864. ON THE SHALLOWS One thing you can do just about anywhere in Bermuda is snorkel. All you need is a mask, fins and snorkel, and you’re ready to go, since almost any beach is bound to have something to see. All of Bermuda sits on the edge of an ancient volcano, whose peaks and ridges have evolved into our magnificent coral reefs. Some of the best places to snorkel include Church Bay in Southampton Parish and Somerset Long Bay in Sandys Parish. In the East End, you can snorkel in a protected, tranquil beach at Tobacco Bay. 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 and fun floats. 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, 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. Please help maintain the health of Bermuda’s reefs. As tempting as it looks, do not touch the coral, for the oils of human skin will infect and kill it. Also, do not use sunscreen before snorkelling, as the chemicals will damage the coral. BOTTLENOSE FRIENDS At Royal Naval Dockyard, you can take part in the unique activity of swimming with dolphins in a protected, safe environment. Located within an oceanwater safe haven at the National Museum of Bermuda, Dolphin Quest brings you together with these gentle creatures with several programmes that allow you touch, swim with and even kiss the dolphins. TOURING THE WATERS You don’t need to be an expert seaman to explore the safe waters close to shore. Most hotel properties and even some beach concessions can rent you a kayak or pedal boat that can take you along the shoreline. You can also rent a Hobie Cat, Boston Whaler and similar smaller vessels that require minimum experience to operate safely. H2O Sports at Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa boasts a fleet of motorboats, sailboats and kayaks available for rent. In Hamilton Parish, Tucker’s Point Dive & Water Sports Centre at Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel offers guests and visitors a full range of watersports activities, including boat rentals, kayaks and sailing. For even more equipment rental opportunities, check out K.S. WaterSports (Thrill Adventures & Tours) in Royal Naval Dockyard and in the Town of St. George. Not only do they provide Jet Ski rentals, but they also offer customised Jet Ski Adventures. Sea Venture Watersports at the Fairmont Southampton and at Snorkel Park Beach also offer fun and scenic Jet Ski tours. If you’d rather skip the workout and prefer to simply enjoy the cool breeze and scenery, you can hire professionals to do all the work for you. For a unique tour of the island, sail with Excellence for an informative and highly entertaining homes and hideaway sightseeing cruise. 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 well-appointed setting. Spacious and comfortable, the vessels in the LadyBoats fleet can be fully stocked for dinners, cocktails and parties. HOOK, LINE AND SINKER What’s a holiday on a pristine Atlantic island without some deep-sea fishing? You know Bermuda has one of the most impressive reef systems in the world — so of course it also has some of the best fishing around! Most of the action happens in two favoured spots about 12 miles from shore, in the area known as the Challenger and Argus banks. These deep formations, which are peaks from inactive volcanoes, have created an environment ideal for bait fish, which in turn attract large game fish. Many fishing records have been set here, and you’re likely to score some yellowfin tuna, amberjack and dolphin. With some luck and lots of skill, you may even bring in a marlin! Fishing is good all year but is best from May to November when the water is warmest. Half-day fishing charters typically include bait, light tackle and a couple hours of line time. Many leave from Royal Naval Dockyard, Hamilton or the Town of St. George. The experts at Mako Charters or Challenger Fisheries will be happy to assist you. Bermuda hosts many angling competitions throughout the year, including the International Light Tackle Tournament. The 48th edition occurs June 16–22, 2013, and it is the precursor to the big summer event, the Bermuda Triple Crown in July. Starting July 3, 2013, this series composed of three distinct fishing events is the highlight of the season for anglers. (bermudatriplecrown.com) Bermuda Fun Golf Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 400-PUTT (7888) Website: fungolf.bm Bermuda’s premiere miniature golf course is situated on one acre of oceanfront property. Fun Golf features 18 challenging and exciting holes that represent the best holes in miniature from Bermuda, USA and Scotland. It is as much fun for the avid golfer as the whole family. Experience beautiful sunsets, waterfalls, tropical fish and lush vegetation whilst putting in style. Relax and enjoy refreshments at their Caddy Shack Bar & Grill. Excellence Shipwreck or Beach Snorkel Trip Tel: 238-0663 / 238-2193 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: famoushomesandhideaways.com Excellence has two snorkel trips to choose from. Come and enjoy a snorkel trip on board the Excellence, a 48-foot motor cruiser, minimum passengers 12 and maximum 40. You will be transported to either the Constellation or Montana shipwreck, or to one of their other famous snorkel sites where you will experience crystal-clear water, beautiful coral reefs, and spectacular marine life. Try their more personalised two- to three-hour tour on board Under the Sea, a 31-foot Tiara capable of taking six to eight people. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Also check out their informative and highly entertaining homes and hideaway sightseeing cruise. This cruise will give you a wealth of researched historical facts as well as lots of humorous stories about the island. Exclusive Charters Tel: 337-3700 E-mail: email@example.com Website: exclusivechartersbda.com Exclusive Charters offers cruises aboard Holding Firm II, a 37-foot Sea Ray Express Bridge. She has a fully air-conditioned cabin bridge with fully enclosed seating and a capacity to carry up to 20 passengers. Cruise packages vary according to clients’ preferences. They offer cruises for various events, such as cocktail parties, birthdays, family days, corporate and sunset, to name a few. Ground transportation, catering menus, photography, pedicures, manicures and massage therapy are available on request. If you have any special requests, they will do their best to accommodate you. Onboard amenities include a bathroom with a hot and cold shower, two flat-screen televisions with DVD player, CD/radio player and microwave. Their captain has more than 15 years’ experience around Bermuda’s waters, and both captain and all crew are CPR-certified. They look forward to having you aboard and providing you with a first-class Bermuda experience. Fantasea Diving & Watersports Dockyard Watersports Centre, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 236-1300 or 236-DIVE (3483) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: fantasea.bm Fantasea Diving & Watersports is the only PADI diving centre located in historic Royal Naval Dockyard, the ideal jumping off point for unbeatable diving, snorkelling and watersports opportunities. Their 40-foot custom dive boat and professional staff will transport you to some of Bermuda’s most renowned shipwreck and reef sites quickly and comfortably. Visit their beachside training centre for SNUBA or SCUBA lessons; learn about Bermuda’s unique ecosystem and history on a guided kayak, hike or bike tour; or unwind on one of the legendary sunset rum cruises. Their brand new self-drive pontoon boats are the perfect way to explore the nearby secluded islands and beaches, and their fully crewed 40-foot and 60-foot power catamarans are ideal for private group excursions. No matter what your interests, they have the resources to make your Bermuda vacation truly memorable. H2O Sports At Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa Tel: 234-3082 E-mail: email@example.com Website: h2osportsbermuda.com Facebook: Watersports Bermuda There’s nothing like H2O Sports. Ideally located in beautiful Mangrove Bay, Somerset Village, only minutes away from the Royal Naval Dockyard. Anyone will tell you that the best way to experience Bermuda is on the water. They have a fleet of motorboats, sailboats and kayaks available for rent so you can do your own thing. Or, join one of their guides for an exhilarating blast across crystal-clear ocean on a Jet Ski or a private tour of the island on their party boat. Whatever you decide, their experienced staff is ready to advise you on the best cruising itinerary for the watersport adventure of your choice: great fishing spots, waterside restaurants, shipwreck snorkelling, island picnicking, private beaches and more. Island Tour Centre (two locations) Dockyard Watersports Centre, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Hamilton Ferry Terminal, Hamilton Tel: 236-1300 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: islandtourscentre.com Bermuda’s No. 1 provider of recreational sightseeing tours, activities and charters. With over 25 years of local tour experience, countless options, easy online reservations and conveniently located booking offices, Island Tour Centre is the first stop for your best Bermuda vacation experience ever. Choose from unbeatable diving and snorkelling opportunities, award-winning eco and adventure tours, leisurely sightseeing excursions, heart-racing thrill rides and boat cruises to suit every taste imaginable. If you prefer to explore on your own, their knowledgeable staff can assist you with equipment rentals and private charter options, from luxury yachts to party bus pub crawls, they have it all. Visit their website, call or drop by their booking offices conveniently located within walking distance of the bus, ferry and Dockyard cruise ship terminals. K. S. WaterSports (Thrill Adventures & Tours) Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Located at the Dockyard Watersports Centre (across from the Bone Fish Bar & Grill) Tel: 1-441-238-4155 King’s Square, St. George’s Located at The White Horse Pub & Restaurant Tel: 1-441-297-4155 E-mail: email@example.com Website: kswatersports.com Get ready to have the time of your life with K.S. WaterSports (Thrill Adventures & Tours), Bermuda’s No. 1 Watersports Company for fun and adventure. Experience the thrill of a lifetime on one of their amazing Jet Ski Adventures. Splash and dash throughout Bermuda’s aqua-blue waters, passing many beaches, shipwrecks, forts, the sea gardens and much more. Some of their Jet Ski Adventures even stop off at a shipwreck to feed fish, at a pink sandy beach area for a short swim, or near hidden coves to spot sea turtles. Regular Jet Ski Adventures are 65–75 minutes long. Lowest Jet Ski rates in Bermuda with several Jet Ski Adventures to choose from. Customised and longer Jet Ski Adventures are available upon request. Instructions are provided to all participants. All ages welcome. You must be 16 years or older (by law) to drive a Jet Ski in Bermuda. Jet Ski Adventures are available from their Dockyard and St. George’s locations. Fancy something a little more daring and exciting? Then experience the high-flying thrill, panoramic views and pure excitement of parasailing in Bermuda. Soar over crystal-clear waters on board the Thrill Seeker. This powerful winch boat allows you to take off and land without getting wet, unless of course, you request a dip. The professional crew assures you of a safe and memorable experience. Suitable for ages 5 years or older. Looking for the ultimate thrill ride or sightseeing adventure? Then step aboard the WildCat, Bermuda’s spectacular tour sensation, now owned and operated by K. S. WaterSports. The WildCat is a highspeed catamaran that is capable of speeds up to 55 mph and carries up to 54 passengers on an exhilarating and exciting adventure around the entire island of Bermuda. See more of the island in less time. Enjoy the speed, comfort and safety of the WildCat; not to mention it’s one fun, wild ride. There are several WildCat adventures to choose from, which are all narrated from start to finish and take you around the islands’ beautiful coastline, passing many historic landmarks, forts, beaches and famous homes. Suitable for ages 5 years or older. No trip to Bermuda would be complete without a thrilling WildCat ride. LadyBoats Tel: 236-0127 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: ladyboats.com See breathtaking views of Bermuda’s shoreline whilst cruising in total luxury. Celebrate weddings, anniversaries and birthdays like never before. Invite a couple hundred of your closest friends, or keep it intimate with just you and someone special. LadyBoats may be the largest and most experienced charter company in Bermuda, but the staff of the family-owned and - operated fleet still believe it is the personal touch that counts. Let them work for you. Ocean View Golf Course 2 Barkers Hill, Devonshire Tel: 295-9093 E-mail: email@example.com Website: oceanviewgolf.bm With a four-star Golf Digest rating and coral-hued scenery to flank your sight lines, Ocean View Golf Course offers a lesson in the game’s enduring lure and Bermuda’s timeless charm. Bermuda’s premier nine-hole golf course is anything but child’s play. With 18 different tee positions set for a tricky par 70, you will be enticed to better your front-nine performance by taking in another round of the mesmerising scenery and playing the course twice. Ocean View’s team of pro-shop personnel can provide you with clubs for hire, a wellappointed retail shop, as well as information and rates for individual lessons or group clinics with the golf pro. Port Royal Golf Course 5 Port Royal Rd., Southampton Tel: 234-0974 / 234-0976 Website: portroyalgolf.bm Ranked among the world’s best public golf courses by Golf Digest and named Bermuda’s finest course by The New York Times, Port Royal Golf Course is home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and features 18 championship holes over 6,842 manicured yards, the longest and most picturesque course in all of Bermuda. Port Royal welcomes players of all levels and specialises in corporate days for groups of any size. Bookings can be made online or by phone. Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club 26 Riddell’s Bay Rd., Warwick Tel: 238-1060 Ext. 101 Website: riddellsbay.com A private club experience awaits visitors to Bermuda. Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club, located at the western end of the islands in Warwick, holds the distinction of being the oldest course in Bermuda. Whilst Riddell’s Bay is a private club, visitors are welcome. Golfers who play Riddell’s Bay talk about the wonderful views, the shot-maker golf course, the beautiful gardens, the friendly service and sometimes the golf balls left behind in the Great Sound. The true golf enthusiast will want to know that Riddell’s Bay is a traditional and natural layout with Bermuda Grass Greens. The course offers challenges with well-bunkered greens, healthy roughs and, of course, well-appointed water hazards. This is truly the course in Bermuda that can be enjoyed by any level of golfer. Riddell’s Bay is a must-play course when in Bermuda. Sea Venture Watersports The Waterlot Inn at the Fairmont Southampton, Southampton Tel: 238-6881 Snorkel Park Beach, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-3100 Offering fun and scenic Jet Ski tours out of two great locations. This is the best way to explore Bermuda’s beautiful reef and coastline up close. Snorkel Park Beach Next to National Museum of Bermuda, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-6989 (Main) / 234-3100 (Watersports, Bar and Grill) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: snorkelparkbeach.com Snorkel Park Beach may offer the most watersport excitement and fun beach activities in Bermuda. Rent a Jet Ski for guided island tours. Try your hand at paddleboarding, kayak on turquoise waters or snorkel over stunning coral reefs, just feet from a sheltered beach. Kids love the fun floats and paddleboats. Join a game of beach volleyball or just chill, island-style, with a bite to eat and cool refreshment as you watch the “Bermudaful” day go by. Join Snorkel Park’s Facebook group and fan pages. Tucker’s Point Dive & Water Sports Centre Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel 60 Tucker’s Point Drive, Hamilton Parish Tel: 298-4050 E-mail: email@example.com Website: divinginbermuda.com Bermuda’s newest PADI resort and watersports centre was established in 2008. From the tranquil setting of historic Castle Harbour, they offer a full range of watersports activities. Choose from scuba diving, boat rentals, kayaks, sailing, guided tours, private charters, birthday parties and more. Their experienced and friendly staff are there to help. Visit Castle Island (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), St. George’s, Tucker’s Town and some of Bermuda’s largest wrecks with ease.
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