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Bermuda Travel Guide

Bermuda Sports & Activities

Long before your plane touches down in Bermuda, the island's greatest asset becomes breathtakingly obvious—the crystal-clear, aquamarine water that frames the tiny, hook-shaped atoll.

So clear are Bermuda's waters that in 1994 the government nixed a local scuba-diving group's plan to create a unique dive site by sinking an abandoned American warplane in 30 feet of water off the island's East End, fairly close to the end of the airport's runway. The government feared that the plane would be easily visible from above—to arriving passengers—and could cause undue distress. It's the incredible clarity of the water that makes Bermuda one of the world's greatest places for exploratory scuba diving and snorkeling, especially among the age-old shipwrecks off the island. The presence of these sunken ships is actually one of Bermuda's ironies—as translucent as the water is, it wasn't quite clear enough to make Bermuda's treacherous reefs visible to the hundreds of ship captains who have smashed their vessels on them through the centuries.

Thanks to Bermuda's position near the Gulf Stream, the water stays warm year-round. In summer the ocean is usually above 80°F, and it's even warmer in the shallows between the reefs and shore. In winter the water temperature only occasionally drops below 70°F, but it seems cooler because the air temperature is usually in the mid-60s. There's less call for water sports December through March, not because of a drop in water temperature, but because of windy conditions. The wind causes rough water, which in turn creates problems for fishing and diving boats, and underwater visibility is often clouded by sand and debris.

Whether it's renting a glass-bottomed kayak for a gentle paddle over the reefs, taking a motorboat for a spin, or spending an adrenaline-filled afternoon wakeboarding, getting out on the water is an essential part of the Bermuda experience. In high season, mid-April through mid-October, fishing, diving, and yacht charters fill up quickly.

Three major water-sports outfitters on the island—Blue Hole Watersports, Somerset Bridge Watersports, and H2O Sports—provide most of the rentals. Many boats carry fewer than 20 passengers, so it's advisable to sign up as soon as you arrive on the island. During the "golf and spa season," December through February, many operators close to make repairs and perform routine maintenance.

As well as snorkeling tours and various other boat trips, you could try snuba, a kind of intermediary step between snorkeling and scuba diving. It involves a short training session and a shallow dive, usually at Daniel's Head Marine Park in Somerset. You don't need qualifications, experience, or too much cumbersome dive gear, so it is a popular option for people who have never dived before. For a detailed list of aquatic activities available in Bermuda, be sure to visit Island Tour Centre online at

Bermudians take their onshore sports seriously, too. Cricket and soccer are the national sports, but road running, golf, field hockey, rugby, and a host of other activities get their share of love. Bermudian soccer stars, such as former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater, have delighted crowds in British and U.S. leagues through the years, and Bermudian sailors hold their own in world competition, as do runners, equestrians, and swimmers. Bermuda catapulted onto the squash world stage after holding the Bermuda Masters in 2005 and the World Championships in 2008. Tennis is quite a big deal here, too, and with 70 courts packed into these 21.6 square miles, it's hard to believe there's room left for horseback riding, cycling, running, and golf.

Helmet Diving

A different, less technical type of diving popular in Bermuda is helmet diving, offered between April and mid-November. Although helmet-diving...

Horseback Riding

Because most of the land on Bermuda is residential, opportunities for riding through the countryside are few. The chief exception is South Shore...


Bermuda's rugby season runs from September to April. World Rugby Classic. The World Rugby Classic, in early-mid November, brings erstwhile...

Running and Walking

Top runners flock to the island in January for the Bermuda International Race Weekend, which includes a marathon and 10-km races. Many of the...


Football (soccer) season runs from September through April in Bermuda. One of Bermuda's two national sports, football is massively popular among...


Bermuda Squash & Racquets Association. The club makes its four courts available to nonmembers between 10 am and 10 pm by reservation, and...


Bermuda has one tennis court for every 600 residents, a ratio that even the most tennis-crazed countries would find difficult to match. Many...

Scuba Diving

Bermuda has all the ingredients for classic scuba diving—reefs, wrecks, underwater caves, a variety of coral and marine life, and clear, warm...


The clarity of the water, the stunning array of coral reefs, and the shallow resting places of several wrecks make snorkeling in the waters...

Sailing and Yachting

Bermuda has a worldwide reputation as a yacht-racing center. The sight of the racing fleet, with brightly colored spinnakers flying, is striking...

Water Skiing

Bermuda Waterski and Wakeboard Centre. International competitor Kent Richardson represented Bermuda at nine World Championships and has also...


Bermuda caught the yoga bug from its North American neighbors in the late '90s, although it's a slow-moving fad here. Many hotels, such as the...

Whale Watching

During March and April the majestic humpback whales pass Bermuda as they migrate north to summer feeding grounds. Watching these giant animals...


Golf is an important facet of sporting life in Bermuda, where golf courses make up nearly 17% of the island's 21.6 square miles. The scenery...


The best and sometimes only way to explore Bermuda's nooks and crannies—its little hidden coves and 18th-century tribe roads—is by bicycle or...


Forty species of warblers have been spotted in Bermuda, especially in the casuarina trees along the south shore and West End. Other omnipresent...


Bermuda is gorgeous by land, but you should take to the water to fully appreciate its beauty. You can either rent your own boat or charter one...


Warwick Lanes. Adults pay only $14.50 for two games ($10.50 for children) at this popular recreational spot; shoes are included. Take advantage...


Cricket is one of the favorite pastimes on this sports-mad island, a fact that was seen with the national celebrations that followed Bermuda...


Bermuda's proximity to the deep ocean makes it one of the best places in the world for deep-sea fishing. Many of the International Fishing...



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