WITH A HISTORY FULL OF ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT AND EXPLORATION, BERMUDA IS A HAVEN FOR THRILL SEEKERS LOOKING TO ENJOY ALL MANNER OF WATER AND LAND ACTIVITIES. 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 Jet Skiing, and everything in between, Bermuda has it all. Golf 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 a round at fun miniature golf establishments, like Bermuda Fun Golf in Royal Naval Dockyard. Cricket 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 Bermuda Cup Match Cricket Festival. Typically celebrated during Emancipation Day and Somers’ Day (July 30 and July 31, 2015), 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. Running & Cycling One of the easiest ways to exercise and take in all the beauty of Bermuda is by running or biking through its trails. 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 be difficult. 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. 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. (walk.free.bm) If you’re a dedicated runner, you may want to consider participating in the annual Bermuda Marathon Weekend, usually held in January.(296-0951, bermudaraceweekend.com) For cyclists looking to hit the pavement, many resorts provide bikes, which Bermudians refer to as “pedal bikes,” to differentiate from those with motors. Whilst the terrain is mostly bike-friendly, there are a few hills and climbs that can prove to be quite challenging to cyclists. Tennis 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. Horseback Riding 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. Scuba Diving 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. 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. Snorkelling 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 in 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. On the Water 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 check out Crystal Clear Kayaks, whose transparent kayaks allow you to see the plentiful marine life below. 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 Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) offers personal two-hour or half-day sailing lessons. One of the newest and most exciting adventures to come to Bermuda is flyboarding with Coconut Rockets — Bermuda Flyboard. Fly through the air like a superhero as you’re propelled forward by water jets. It’s a one-ofa- kind experience you won’t want to miss! Check out K.S. WaterSports (Thrill Adventures, Rentals & Tours) in Royal Naval Dockyard, Hamilton 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 Kirk’s Coral Reef Adventures. Their wide array of tours include fishing, snorkelling, sightseeing and even a Night Glass-Bottom Boat tour. Bermuda’s private megayacht, the MV Venetian, can be chartered and tours can be catered to your every whim. 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. Fishing 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 50th edition occurs in June 2015 (ilttbermuda.com). It is a precursor to the big summer event, the Bermuda Triple Crown in July. Starting July 3, 2015, this series is composed of three distinct fishing events — and is the highlight of the season for anglers (bermudatriplecrown.com). Booking Tours 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, 296-9400; Hamilton, 295- 1480; and St. George’s, 297-0556. The Bermuda Island Pass also offers deals and discounts via one VIP card (292-4071). And Bermuda Explorer specialises in offering an array of package deals, customised tours and authentic Bermuda experiences (534-1797). BERMUDA FUN GOLF Royal Naval Dockyard Tel: 400-7888 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: fungolf.bm Twitter/Facebook: Bermuda Fun Golf Instagram: bermudafungolf Situated on an acre of oceanfront property, Fun Golf features 18 challenging holes designed after famous holes in U.S., Scotland and Bermuda.Special features include the Sunset Terrace, affording incredible views of Bermuda’s magnificent sunsets, and Caddyshack, their fully licenced bar, great for a casual beverage, party or corporate function. Catering is available for all of your special events. When the sun sets, enjoy their “GLOW IN THE DARK” night golf! Fun Golf is the perfect venue for the seasoned golfer and the family alike. Come join them and “putt a round!” Summer and winter hours are seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; however, during the winter months, weekdays are by reservation only. Prices are $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 years of age and under. COCONUT ROCKETS — BERMUDA FLYBOARD Black Bay Beach at Royal Naval Dockyard Tel: 504-7197 E-mail: email@example.com Website: coconutrockets.com Facebook: facebook.com/coconutrockets Coconut Rockets has 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. CRYSTAL CLEAR KAYAKS Daniel Head’s Beach Park, Sandys Tel: 595-2925 / 504-2461 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: crystalclearkayaksbda.com Crystal Clear Kayaks offers a kayaking experience like no other. Their clear-bottom kayaks allow you to see the fabulous ocean bottom in its entire splendour; its fish, fan and brain corals, its turtles and a shipwreck known as the Vixen.You get the opportunity to feed the fish and enjoy a wonderful setting sun and an illuminated sea area beneath the boat in later evening. A friendly and knowledgeable guide enhances your whole experience by pointing out the local areas, celebrity homes and informative details about Bermuda. Their tours are extremely safe, whilst still being quite exhilarating. Kayak and snorkel gear are also available to rent by the hour. Open from 9 a.m. until sunset, seven days a week. 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 forwards 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 / 236-DIVE  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 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 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. ISLAND TOUR CENTRE Two locations: 6 Dockyard Terrace, (across from the ferry stop), Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Hamilton Ferry Terminal, Hamilton Tel: 236-1300 E-mail: email@example.com Website: islandtourcentre.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. JUST ADD WATER 32 Water St., St. George’s Tel: 707-5000 Website: justaddwaterbda.com The historically rich and gorgeous landscapes of Bermuda’s treasured UNESCO World Heritage Site is best explored when you Just Add Water!This experience in the East End takes you on an adventure that will leave you wanting more as their friendly guides share their intimate knowledge of Bermuda’s waters, tantalising the senses as you enjoy the beautiful aquatic landscapes.Just Add Water’s personalised tours cater to the experienced or novice clientele. Full tutorial is always provided, and safety comes first, whether you are renting a Jet Ski, paddleboat, kayak or boat. Fun for all the family, Just Add Water! K.S. WATERSPORTS (THRILL ADVENTURES, RENTALS & TOURS) Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Located at the Dockyard Watersports Centre (across from the Bone Fish Bar & Grill) Tel: 441-238-4155 Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel, 76 Pitts Bay Rd., Pembroke Located at the Fairmont Hamilton Marina Tel: 441-232-4155 8 King’s Square, St. George’s Located at The White Horse Pub & Restaurant Tel: 441-297-4155 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: kswatersports.com Get ready to have the time of your life with K. S. WaterSports (Thrill Adventures, Rentals & Tours), Bermuda’s No. 1 watersports company for fun and adventure. They offer Jet Ski tours, parasailing, boat rentals, WildCat high-speed boat tours, kayaks, paddleboards, Hobie Sailing Cats and private boat charters from three convenient locations. Experience the thrill of a lifetime on one of their amazing Jet Ski Adventures, which are rated one of the best fun activities to do in Bermuda. Splash and dash throughout Bermuda’s aqua blue waters as their friendly, fun and knowledgeable guides show you some of the best places to see on the water, plus point out many historic landmarks too. 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. Lowest Jet Ski rates in Bermuda plus several Jet Ski Adventures to choose which are perfect for beginners and the experienced jet skier. Two-hour, three-hour and half-day private Jet Ski tours are available. Instructions provided to all participants to ensure a safe and memorable experience. All ages welcome. Must be 16 years or older (by law) to drive a Jet Ski. Fancy something a little more daring and exciting? Then experience the high-flying thrill, panoramic views and pure excitement of parasailing. 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 adventure tours and must-do’s in Bermuda.The WildCat is a high-speed powered catamaran that takes passengers on an exhilarating and exciting sightseeing adventure around the entire island of Bermuda. See more of the island in less time whilst enjoying the speed, comfort and safety of the WildCat; not to mention, it’s one fun, wild ride. Tours are narrated from start to finish. No trip to Bermuda would be complete without a thrilling WildCat ride. Want to plan your very own adventure?Then rent one of their brand new 13- or 16-foot Boston Whaler boats or their larger 23-foot pontoon boats. Whether half day or full day, beginner or experienced driver, their instructors will have you up and ready to captain your own boat in no time, so you can head out on the water and explore Bermuda at your own leisure. A detailed map with routes and points of interest to see is provided with every rental.For something a little slower paced and still very fun and exciting, try renting one of their brand new kayaks, paddleboards (SUP) and Hobie Sailing Cats, which are perfect for all ages and skill levels. Are you looking for that true Bermuda Experience? Then privately charter one of their 23- to 55-foot premium charter boats which are perfectly priced for smaller groups, families and friends who want to relax and explore Bermuda’s waters in style and comfort. Swim, snorkel, tour the island, picnic, relax and more.Your dedicated Captain will customise your experience to suit all your needs. For private boat charter reservations, please call their Hamilton location. Reservations are advised. KIRK’S CORAL REEF ADVENTURES Royal Naval Dockyard Tel: 747-2204 / 234-2193 Website: kirksadventures.com Kirk’s Coral Reef Adventures offers a wide range of different boat tours and private charters.Some of their tours include Snorkelling, Glass Bottom, Fishing, Sail & Snorkeling, Bermuda Triangle Night and Banana Boat Tubing. With eight different boats to choose from, your options are endless. Their smaller boats are perfect for intimate settings, and their larger boats come equipped with a full bar, stereo system, lights, and an upper- and lower-deck dance floor for a great party atmosphere. Their boats are perfect for celebrating special events like birthdays, weddings, themed parties and even whale watching. Give them a call and let them know what you want and they will work with you to create the perfect experience ever. 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 coralhued 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 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 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. Visitors can play a single round or even become a member. ROYAL HAMILTON AMATEUR DINGHY CLUB (RHADC) 26 Pomander Rd., Hamilton (Eastern end of the Hamilton Harbour) Tel: 236-2250 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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) Website: snorkelparkbeach.com Snorkel Park Beach may offer the most watersports 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. TOBACCO BAY 1 Coots Pond Rd., St. George’s Tel: 705-SAND  E-mail: email@example.com Colourful coral reefs and Tobacco Bay’s proximity to shore make this popular snorkelling location an exciting and safe choice for exploring underwater life. With crystal-clear waters, clean facilities, umbrella and chair rentals and fun watersports for all the family, Tobacco Bay National Park has so much to offer. The scenic coves and nature trails complete this picturesque and sheltered bay, the setting for the infamous “Gunpowder Plot” of 1775 that spearheaded the fight for America’s independence. With a vibrant beach bar, café and barbeque serving up tropical flavour and island vibes, you can easily while away the hours from daylight through sunset. Try the Frozen Dark ‘n Stormy, a local favourite with a refreshingly frosty upgrade. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., their friendly and welcoming staff can guarantee a memorable experience. For more information on special events, live entertainment schedules, tours and all-inclusive accommodation and beach packages, please call or e-mail.
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