BERMUDA MIGHT BE BEST KNOWN FOR ITS PINK-SAND BEACHES, BUT WANDER OFF THE BEATEN PATH JUST A BIT AND DISCOVER MOTHER NATURE’S WONDERLAND. Ashley Harris, a fourth-generation Bermudian and owner of eco-tour operator Hidden Gems of Bermuda Ltd., is determined to show off the many sides of Bermuda in a most green and entertaining way. “There’s so much more to the island than what people see or even know about,” says Harris. “My company’s mission is to showcase the most secluded and exclusive eco-friendly aspects of Bermuda. Guests will have the chance to experience natural beauty at its best, with all of the scenic locations we visit on tour far away from all the crowds, [which makes] for a more thilling adventure.” Harris’ company, the only all-inclusive eco-tour operator on the island, offers a range of summer and winter tours (from five to seven hours in length) that include lunch and all the gear you need to enjoy activities, such as wending your way through hidden caves within the island’s only jungle, swinging from banyan trees and snorkelling amongst tropical reef fish. You’ll climb some of the island’s highest cliffs to ogle giant parrotfish in the waters below. Harris guides guests to great photo locations they’d likely never find on their own. Her tours also stop to sample island specialities such as Bermuda fish chowder, Johnny bread and ginger beer at restaurants the locals love. Many of the people whom Harris hosts on her tours are second- or third-time visitors to Bermuda looking to see something new. So she simply drives them in her comfortable, air-conditioned van to the hidden Bermuda gems that she’s always loved and knows like the back of her hand from growing up here. A horticulturist’s daughter and devoted conservationist, Harris points out such native island flora as Bermuda olive wood and Bermuda palmettos and gives guests the inside scoop on the island’s diverse culture and history, too. All you’ll need to bring along are a pair of good walking shoes and, during summer tours, your bathing suit. Harris provides everything else you’ll need for the day, packaged and ready to go in handy individual backpacks. For a fun day out in Bermuda that promises something different, Hidden Gems of Bermuda Ltd.’s tours promise an eco-island experience like no other. For more information, visit bermudahiddengems.com.
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