LANDLUBBERS AND WATER BABIES ALIKE WILL LOVE ALL THE SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES BERMUDA HAS TO OFFER. A combination of natural elements — the sea, island geography and climate — and a rich sporting tradition have instilled in native Bermudians a love of everything sport. That is immediately apparent to visitors looking to take advantage of beautiful surroundings and sporting infrastructure to test their limits against nature or fellow competitors. Measuring just 21 square miles in area, Bermuda maximises the land to provide some of the best sports activity facilities in the world. From golf and cricket to sailing and jetskiing, and everything in between, Bermuda has it all. 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 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, all will accept visiting players with advance notice. A private club experience awaits visitors to Bermuda at Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club, located in Warwick. It holds the distinction of being the oldest course in Bermuda. Or, call a public course like Port Royal Golf Course and Ocean View Golf Course to schedule your tee time. You can also get the whole family putting around at fun miniature golf establishments, like the new Bermuda Fun Golf in Royal Naval Dockyard. WICKET FUN Like many former British colonies, Bermuda has a special love of cricket. Pitches may be found throughout the island, but the best time to view the sport is during the midsummer Cup Match Cricket Festival. Typically celebrated during Emancipation Day and Somers’ Day (July 31 and August 1, 2014), this event brings the entire island to a halt, as it is either attended or watched by locals, who organise festivities around it. Play takes place at either Somerset or St. George’s. There is a special Visitor Tent to welcome visitors to Bermuda — and to Cup Match. FLEET FEET One of the easiest ways to get some exercise and take in all the beauty of Bermuda is by running or biking through its trails. Walking and running are true pastimes in Bermuda — just ask the folks at the Walking Club of Bermuda, who every Sunday morning set out on a six-mile walk through their 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, woodlands, coastline and nature reserves, making it an invigorating experience. However, this is not the only option. Additional parks, such as Walsingham Nature Reserve, Paget Marsh, Cooper’s Island, Spittal Pond and the Arboretum offer pleasant walking and hiking trails. If you’re a dedicated runner, you may want to consider participating in the annual Bermuda Marathon Weekend. The event features several competitions, including the invitational mile, a 10K charity walk, half-marathon, marathon and the Bermuda Triangle Challenge. (296-0951, bermudaraceweekend.com) TENNIS ANYONE? With about 100 courts on the island, options for playing tennis are many. It has been a popular sport in Bermuda since its introduction from England in the late 19th century. Most resorts feature courts available to guests, and many permit non-guests to use them. There are also public courts for hire. TRAIL RIDES Despite its small size and suburban appearance, trail riding is available. Spicelands Equestrian Centre offers beach rides daily all year. Reservations are required. All rides in Bermuda are accompanied by qualified instructors. Horses cannot be hired due to strict laws regarding riding in public areas. 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 waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding and flyboarding. 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 boarding the Wild Cat, 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. One of the newest and most exciting adventures to come to Bermuda is flyboarding with Coconut Rockets. Fly through the air like a superhero as you’re propelled forward by water jets. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss! DEEP DOWN Scuba diving offers a unique opportunity to view 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 Blue Water Divers & Watersports, Bermuda Ltd. 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. 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. IN 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 Black Bay Beach, Snorkel Park Beach and Somerset Long Bay in Sandys Parish. In the East End, you can snorkel from 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 glass-bottom 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. FISHY FRIENDS At Royal Naval Dockyard, you may take part in the unique activity of swimming with dolphins in a protected, safe environment. Located within an ocean-water safe haven at the National Museum of Bermuda, Dolphin Quest brings you together with these gentle creatures with several programmes that allow you to touch, swim with and even kiss the dolphins. For another up-close-and-personal meeting with marine life, visit Hartley’s Under Sea Adventures. Using a diving helmet, venture 8–10 feet below the water’s surface and visit some friendly fish. 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 that can take you along the shoreline. You can also rent a Boston Whaler and similar smaller vessels that require minimum experience to operate safely. Or, try taking in the sights from a sailboat. The Royal Hamilton Dinghy Club (RHADC) offers personal two-hour or half-day sailing lessons. Check out K.S. WaterSports (Thrill Adventures & Tours) in Royal Naval Dockyard and in the Town of St. George for thrilling Jet Ski Adventures. Sea Venture Watersports at the Fairmont Southampton and 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 fabulous day out on the waters, check out Destiny Tours Ltd. Bermuda’s premier tour boat, the MV Destiny, is a premium glass-bottom boat tour. For a unique tour of the island, sail with Excellence for an informative and highly entertaining Homes and Hideaways 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. 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 baitfish, 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. Bermuda hosts many angling competitions throughout the year, including the International Light Tackle Tournament. The 49th edition occurs in June 2014. (ilttbermuda.com) It is a precursor to the big summer event, the Bermuda Triple Crown in July. Starting July 3, 2014, this series is composed of three distinct fishing events — and is the highlight of the season for anglers. (bermudatriplecrown.com) Need help booking a tour or want further information or advice? Contact Island Tour Centre in Hamilton or Royal Naval Dockyard at 236-1300, or contact a visitor information centre: Dockyard, 542-7104; Hamilton, 295- 1480; and St. George’s, 297-0556. Bermuda Fun Golf Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 400-PUTT (7888) Website: fungolf.bm Bermuda’s premier 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, the U.S. 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. Blue Water Divers & Watersports, Bermuda Ltd. Robinson’s Marina Somerset Bridge, Sandys Parish Tel: 234-1034 E-mail: email@example.com Website: divebermuda.com Welcome to Blue Water Divers! “Why aren’t you wet yet?” Blue Water Divers & Watersports offers a range of PADI certification courses up to Assistant Instructor level. They also offer daily wreck and reef dive excursions, in the form of a two-tank morning trip and a shallow one-tank afternoon trip. The wrecks in Bermuda are typically 40–80 feet deep, and the reef sites are 30–40 feet. They occasionally visit more than one wreck per trip, depending on the area — which is always based on the weather, as well as any multi-day package divers. They do their best to never repeat sites for multiday packages. Coconut Rockets — Bermuda Flyboard Black Bay Beach at the Royal Naval Dockyard Tel: 504-7197 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: coconutrockets.com Facebook: facebook.com/coconutrockets Coconut Rockets have brought to Bermuda the world’s hottest, newest and most exciting watersport: “Flyboarding.” They actually teach adventurers like yourself to fly. Finally, those childhood dreams of being Superman, Superwoman or a superhero can be realised, and it is 100 percent safe and 500 percent exciting as a water-propelled jet pack is strapped to your feet, enabling you to hover, dive, flip or spiral — although as a rookie, you will more than likely be hovering. But you will fly! Come and experience the most exciting watersport that Bermuda has to offer. You will not be disappointed. Destiny Tours Ltd. Bermuda’s Premier Tour Boat Tel: 292-7103 E-mail: email@example.com Website: destinywatertours.com For a fabulous day out on the waters check out the MV Destiny premium glassbottom boat tour, showing off one of Bermuda’s main attractions: Bermuda’s natural beauty and unique coral reefs. Guests will see spectacular views of the reefs and the shipwrecked Vixen. You will have the chance to feed schools of local fish, all whilst enjoying refreshing drinks from the bar, including the freshly made famous Bermuda Rum Swizzle and Dark ‘n’ Stormy. Enjoy an interactive, lively and entertaining commentary on Bermuda, her history, her people and sea life and reefs whilst in the comfort of their spacious 78-foot boat. Guests are provided with the traditional friendly Bermuda service that entices them to return. Join them and be a part of Bermuda’s most famous and favourite excursion. Excellence Shipwreck or Beach Snorkel Trip (10–40 passengers) Tel: 238-0663 / 234-2193 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 10 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. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Also check out their informative and highly entertaining Homes and Hideaway sightseeing cruise with swimming in Paradise Lakes. 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 jumpingoff point for unbeatable diving, snorkelling and watersport 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 selfdrive 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. Hartley’s Under Sea Adventures Tel: 234-3535 / 866-836-3989 E-mail: email@example.com Website: hartleybermuda.com Hartley’s diving helmet lets you boldly go where you have not gone before to explore alien, exotic life. The helmet keeps your head dry, so glasses and contacts are fine. Air is pumped inside the diving bell the whole time, and its weight allows you to walk with the same confidence as you do on land. It is only 8–10 feet down, so forget the barred windows and the lead boots. Helmet diving as a tourist attraction was started by Bronson Hartley, a contemporary of Jacques Cousteau, who built his first helmet in 1930 at age 10. Now his son, Gregory Hartley, continues the tradition of a family-run, personalised undersea walk involving tame and trained fish. Fish-whisperer Captain Hartley has developed relationships with the marine life. Have Leroy the snapper pose in your photo. Share space with Charles the hog fish. You do not have to chase fish snorkeling. Diana the angelfish swims right up to helmet windows. 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 75 minutes long. Lowest Jet Ski rates in Bermuda with several Jet Ski Adventures to choose from. Two-hour, three-hour and half-day Jet Ski Adventures are available as well. 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 highflying 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 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 boat sensation and rated one of the best sightseeing adventures and must do’s in Bermuda. The WildCat is a high-speed 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 luxurious homes, to name just a few. Suitable for ages 5 years or older. No trip to Bermuda would be complete without a thrilling WildCat ride. Ocean View Golf Course 2 Barkers Hill, Devonshire Tel: 295-9093 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ninehole 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 well-appointed 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 amongst 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. Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) 26 Pomander Rd., Hamilton (Eastern end of the Hamilton Harbour) Tel: 236-2250 E-mail: email@example.com Website: rhadc.bm From sailing lessons and coaching, to competition and race management, the RHADC is an active sailing club. Come down and meet the sailors, the coaching staff and members, or experience a personal two-hour, half-day or full-day sailing lesson on the water with private coaching by a certified U.S. sailing instructor. Ages 5 to adults and beginners are always welcome. Come try something new and exciting whilst 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 paddle boats. 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. Under the Sea Private Charters (10 passengers max) Tel: 536-6275 E-mail: email@example.com Website: famoushomesandhideaways.com Try a more personalised private charter on board Under the Sea, a 31-foot Tiara capable of taking up to 10 people. Whether you choose to swim, snorkel or just cruise the coast line. The option is yours and we can customise your whole experience to suit your every need. Perfect for families and small groups to see the island at their own pace.
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