Kristin Whit 2016-05-10 00:23:39
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, Bermuda has it all. Golf Golf is one of the primary sporting activities in Bermuda. The island’s fairways and greens have attracted luminaries of the sport, celebrities and even politicians. Though most of the courses are private, 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. 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. 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, you can potentially see Bermuda from end to end, with a total of 18 miles of path. If you’re looking for a more organised event, check out the Walking Club of Bermuda, which meets every Sunday morning for a six-mile walk. 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. 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. Rugby The rugby season runs from October to April, with fans and players able to enjoy two types of rugby: league rugby for professional players and rugby union for amateur teams. International rugby on the island began in 1972, and its most important competition, the World Rugby Classic, started in 1988. In 2016, the event takes place November 5–12. Land Sports for Spectators Watching a sporting event is a great way to experience Bermudian culture. And no matter the season, you will find numerous opportunities to pull out your air horn or drown your sorrows right alongside local residents. Summer in Bermuda means cricket. There are league games every Sunday at cricket clubs across the island, plus special tournaments called “County Games.” Grab a Dark ’n Stormy from the club bar and settle in for a full day of wickets, catches, drops, runs, run-outs, pace, spin and “howzat!” The biggest celebration of the summer is Cup Match, and although the four-day weekend includes fun beach parties, concerts and boating raft-ups, the main event is a two-day cricket game between the St. George’s and Somerset Cricket Clubs. This match, part of Bermuda’s emancipation celebrations, has been played for over 100 years and is said to be the only holiday in the world for cricket. If you are lucky enough to be in Bermuda during Cup Match, visiting the field for the game and placing a bet at the Crown & Anchor gambling tent is a must. If you arrive after the cricket season, you’re just in time for football. (No, we won’t call it soccer and you shouldn’t either.) Football runs through the fall and winter, and you’ll see games being played by all ages every weekend. The main league games are played every Sunday afternoon, but there are night games as well, so be sure to check the Bermuda Football Association schedule so you can catch a match. 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. Jessie James Cruises offers visitors a two-stop snorkel and glassbottom boat adventure, including either shipwreck snorkel, beach and island snorkel, or a coral reef snorkel. 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. 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 2016. It is a precursor to the big summer event, the Bermuda Triple Crown in July. This series is composed of three distinct fishing events and is the highlight of the season for anglers. For more information, visit www.bermudatriplecrown.com. 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. Crystal Clear Kayaks, located in Daniel’s Head Beach Park, offer clear-bottom kayaks that allow you to see the plentiful marine life below. Or, if you find yourself in the East End, check out Just Add Water and explore Bermuda’s rich and gorgeous landscapes. 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 forwards by water jets. It’s a one-of-a- kind experience you won’t want to miss! Check out K.S. WaterSports (Adventure Tours & Rentals) in Royal Naval Dockyard, Hamilton and in the Town of St. George for Jet Ski Adventures or take their ultimate thrill ride aboard the Wildcat, a high-speed powered catamaran that takes passengers on an exhilarating sightseeing adventure around the entire island. Sea Venture Watersports at the Fairmont Southampton and Snorkel Park Beach both 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 mega-yacht, 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. Watersports for Spectators Once the weather warms up, it’s time to get on the water. Boat races begin in the spring and continue throughout the summer. The fitted dinghy, designed in Bermuda, is a special sailboat that has been raced here since the 1880s. The first race in the series is on Bermuda Day, May 24, and then at various dates throughout the summer. Comet sailboat races are held all summer as well, and the Edward Cross Race between eastern and western end, held every year on the June Heroes Day holiday, shouldn’t be missed. In 2017, the main event for spectators will be the much-anticipated America’s Cup competition. Experience exciting races and fun events on land. 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. And Bermuda Explorer specialises in customised tours and authentic Bermuda experiences (534-1797). BERMUDA FUN GOLF Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys 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 the 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 Located at Calico Jack’s Floating Bar Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 236-1300 / 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 other 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’s Head 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 Two Locations: Dockyard Watersports Centre Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Snorkel Park Beach Watersports Centre Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 236-DIVE (3483) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: fantasea.bm Fantasea Diving & Watersports provides fun above and below the water. If you’re ready to take the plunge, no certification is necessary for their Discover Scuba Lesson & Dive programme. They also offer PADI certification Courses and an unbeatable diving experience with their two-tank wreck and reef dive. No scuba for you? Take a boat ride aboard their 65-foot power catamaran to a secluded island and enjoy a shallow-water snorkel. If you have a need for speed, try their power scooters and snorkel combo for a motor-propelled adventure. Go beyond snorkelling with tankless SNUBA and discover Dockyard’s very own beach and reefs at Snorkel Park. SNUBA provides the dive experience with the simplicity of snorkelling. No previous dive experience necessary. If you’d rather stay on the surface, experience their guided Eco-adventure Kayaking/Paddleboarding Tour. Explore the secluded beaches and hidden sanctuaries of the mangroves whilst sighting turtles and many other species of local wildlife. Seasonal whale watching tours are offered in the spring when conditions permit. The ideal way to experience Bermuda is to rent your very own pontoon boat for a half- or whole-day adventure. With or without a captain (minimal experience required), you can command your own 22-foot vessel with capacity up to 10 passengers. End your day on the Gosling’s Taste of Bermuda Rum Cruise by taking in the sunset and enjoying a Rum Swizzle or Dark ’n Stormy. Whatever your desire, they will make your Fantasea come true! ISLAND TOUR CENTRE Island Outfitters & Dockyard Watersports Centre (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. JESSIE JAMES CRUISES Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 747-2204 / 234-2193 Website: kirksadventures.co Jessie James Cruises offers a two-stop snorkel and glass-bottom adventure. Weather pending, they will stop at two out of three amazing locations: shipwreck snorkel, beach and island snorkel, and a coral reef snorkel. They carry top-of-the-line snorkelling equipment and buoyancy/snorkelling vests (wetsuits in cooler months). This is a great time for beginners and experienced snorkellers ages 8 and up. They have a toilet on board, and private charters are welcomed on request. Let them show you a part of Bermuda that will remain in your memory and leave you wanting to come back again. 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 ADVENTURE TOURS & RENTALS 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 Hamilton Princess 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 (Adventure Tours & Rentals), 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 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-foot 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-foot 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. Book online at kswatersports.com. KIRK’S CORAL REEF ADVENTURES Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys 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 & Snorkelling, 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. OCEAN VIEW GOLF COURSE 2 Barkers Hill Rd., Devonshire Tel: 295-9093 E-mail: email@example.com Website: oceanviewgolfclub.com 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 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) Tel: 234-3100 (watersports, bar and grill) E-mail: email@example.com 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 waterboards. Join a game of beach volleyball or just chill, islandstyle, 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.
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