ACTIVITIES GUIDE Featuring Attractions, Watersports and Land Sports
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Adventure anyone? The island offers plenty of adventure for everyone. In a setting that rivals Bermuda’s famed beachy beauty, the Crystal and Fantasy Caves beckon visitors with their otherworldly beauty. Dramatic, shimmering stalactites descend from above, mirrored below by an ocean-fed lake. There are other caves to explore in Bermuda, and interactive ecotours company Hidden Gems of Bermuda can take you there. They’ll bring you to the heart of the island’s only jungle, where you can explore dry caves or go cave swimming. Hidden Gems’ other tours will take you to the island’s forts, or the beautiful natural setting known as “The Vines,” where you can see the island’s largest banyan tree grove.
Whilst you may have escape rooms and mini golf back home, they surely don’t offer the unique type of experiences you’ll find here in Bermuda. Escape Room Bermuda in the City of Hamilton will have you scheming with your travelling companions as you seek to escape the mind control police, discover the secrets of a mad scientist or recover stolen gold. They even offer an out-of-this-world experience that challenges you to save Earth with the help of a space station’s super weapon. Enjoy a more relaxed bonding experience with a round at the world’s finest mini golf course. Bermuda Fun Golf in Royal Naval Dockyard brings the beauty and challenge of some of the most exciting holes inspired by those on courses in Bermuda, Scotland and the U.S. Panoramic ocean views, waterfalls and ponds swimming with fish level up the typical putt-putt experience.
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Pedal Power With about 18 miles of non-motorised pathways stretching along the length of the island, former railway tracks have been revitalised over the years and turned into trails suitable for hiking and biking and are a great way to take in some of the dazzling vistas. The trail winds through all nine of the island’s parishes, so lace up your trainers (sneakers) or rent a cycle to explore all of the hidden gems these trails have to offer. If you need a little more power in your pedal, electric bikes and scooters make an exciting way to explore the island, particularly some of the more off-the-beaten-path areas. There are guided bicycle and electric scooter tours available that will provide all the insider knowledge on some of the best places on the island to discover.
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One with Nature The island’s natural beauty is a big draw amongst visitors, and Bermuda offers plenty of ways for you to soak it all up. Visit wildlife from around Bermuda and from around the globe at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ) in Flatts Village. With exhibits of species from the Caribbean, Australasia and Madagascar, where you’ll find the adorable ring-tailed lemurs that roam freely, a day at BAMZ gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with birds, reptiles, mammals and marine life in a setting that’s both educational and fun. The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute’s Ocean Discovery Centre allows you to reach new depths with exhibits focused on the beautiful yet mysterious seas. Unlock the secrets of the Bermuda Triangle, see human impact on the marine environment or explore the island’s famed shipwrecks without getting so much as a hair on your head wet. Look to the Past Bermuda’s history is as unique as its isolated midAtlantic location; often, the two are intertwined. Learn about the various influences that have impacted the Bermuda you know and love today at the National Museum of Bermuda. Housed at the Keep Fort at Royal Naval Dockyard, the National Museum takes visitors back in time with exhibits on shipwrecks, the slave trade, tourism, coinage and banknotes, and more. A grand floor-to-ceiling mural by Bermudian artist Graham Foster, dubbed The Hall of History, spans two floors, winding around the museum’s Pillared Hall. Painted in the artist’s trademark style, it’s easy to get lost in the 1,000-square-foot depiction of Bermuda’s 500year human history. Spend some time at the National Museum of
Bermuda and you’re sure to walk away with a deeper appreciation for the struggles and remarkable advancement the island has undergone since it was first colonised in the early 1600s. The Bermuda National Trust (BNT) actively works to preserve 82 properties that represent the best of the island’s heritage. Museums, historic buildings, gardens, cemeteries, nature reserves and sites with archaeological significance are all under the BNT’s care. Many of these properties are open to the public, like Waterville in Paget, Verdmont Historical House and Gardens in Smiths, or Globe Hotel on York Street, as well as the Historic Tucker House on Water Street, both in the Town of St. George. Tucker House was Continued on page 7 visitbermudanow.com
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BRINGING A ANIMALS TO BAMZ THE BERMUDA AQUARIUM, MUSEUM & ZOO CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS COLLECTION OF ZOO ANIMALS.
s you stroll through the grounds of the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ), you might wonder how the birds, reptiles, mammals and aquatic species you encounter there came to call BAMZ home. You may be surprised to know that adding animals to the zoo collection is a continual effort that can take upwards of two years per animal, family or breeding pair. “Animal availability is subject to many factors, but once specific animals are identified, the work begins to obtain the necessary permits to move the animals,” said BAMZ Curator Dr. Ian Walker. “This can be a very lengthy process, sometimes up to 18 months, depending on the species. The permit is restricted to the specific animals and partnering institutions and typically has a maximum six-month validity.” Recently, three red ruffed lemurs were relocated to Bermuda from the Bronx Zoo in New York. The animals get their name from the deep red colour on their soft fur. The siblings — Atticus, a male, and two females named Scout and Finch — were named after the bestselling book To Kill a Mockingbird.
When selecting which animals to pair with the ring-tailed lemurs that already called BAMZ home, the zoo conducted careful research to determine the best fit. The red ruffed lemurs were chosen based on a recommended list from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. After a 30-day quarantine, the new residents joined their ring-tailed friends; and now they all roam free at the zoo’s Madagascar exhibit to the delight of visitors. Here, you can learn more about lemurs and what can be done to protect these amazing animals and their habitat.
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Bermuda has so many beautiful beaches to see, you’d probably need weeks to visit them all. When we arrived at John Smith’s Bay we were the only people on the beach. I definitely recommend checking out some of the smaller beaches to avoid the crowds and have a relaxing beach day. We found it very easy to get around by bus to explore on our own, and it helped us find hidden gems like John Smith’s Bay.
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The island isn’t big, but it has a lot of hidden gems and they’re only found if you’re willing to explore! Rent a car and boat during your time on the island, because what you’ll see from both land and sea are very different. We found this amazing jumping spot in Ely’s Harbour, which is only accessible by boat. You’ll find all my Instagrammable hot spots on my website, thewonderingdreamer.com.
My favourite thing to do is to rent scooters whilst visiting. I love to go from one side of the island to the other, exploring every inch that I can. I’ve found hidden beaches, quaint pubs, breathtaking vistas and gorgeous gardens I never would have discovered without being on a scooter. My other close favourites include visiting St. George’s Parish, exploring the ethereal caves, going birdwatching for Longtails and drinking a Rum Swizzle (of course!).
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built in 1750 and today displays a stunning collection of Tucker family silver, china, furnishings, portraits and hand-sewn quilts. The BNT also hosts events and programmes aimed at connecting visitors and residents alike with the island’s history. Get Closer Bermuda’s blushing sands hint at the romance that can be found here, but there’s plenty beyond a beach stroll to help couples connect even more. Stroll hand in hand through the City of Hamilton’s streets, taking in the gorgeous harbour views together. The bustling centre of commerce boasts colonial-style buildings, art galleries, inviting green spaces, historic architecture and shops and restaurants galore. Hamilton is a city steeped in history, ranging from the idyllic harbourfront to the historic neighbourhood of North Hamilton, where stories of struggle and triumph abound. Visitors are invited to join a free walking tour with the Town Crier, encompassing the entire
city, with no fear of lack of information to absorb. This tour, as well as the Walkway of History, a self-guided walking tour, will send you on a journey back in time through the nooks and crannies of North Hamilton, a residential enclave that offers glimpses of typical Bermudian architecture from a bygone era and echoes the colourful accounts of the historic importance of this community. You can also escape the hubbub of Hamilton altogether with a soul-renewing yoga session at Just Breathe Yoga. This warm, welcoming studio overlooking St. George’s Harbour is an ideal venue for you and your partner to seek inner calm together. Keep the romance going with a visit to The Lili Bermuda Perfumery, also in St. George’s. This island perfumery, in business since 1928, captures the beauty of Bermuda’s essence in its fragrances. You and your partner can even try your hand at crafting custom fragrances with a masterclass led by Lili Bermuda’s Master Perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone.
For the Culture Seekers Discover a destination’s culture and you will learn what makes it truly unique. In Bermuda, seek out culture and the arts at the island’s many museums and art galleries. The Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard is a nonprofit organisation that hosts workshops and exhibitions and allows visitors to see Bermudian artists at work. The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, located within the Botanical Gardens in Paget, also displays works by local artists alongside pieces by greats like Winslow Homer and Georgia O’Keeffe. The exhibitions are changed out on a regular basis, making each visit to this gallery a new and exciting experience. Bermuda Society of Arts in the City Hall Arts Centre is the oldest established arts organisation in Bermuda and the largest exhibiting space in Hamilton. Mingle with locals, enjoy a glass of wine and peruse the works displayed here in various media. visitbermudanow.com
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INTO THE WILD CAVES AND GROTTOES AND FORESTS, OH MY! NATURE RESERVES KEEP BERMUDA’S WILD HABITATS PRISTINE, HELPING YOU ENJOY THE BEAUTY THAT GOES BEYOND THE BEACHES. BY ANDREA MILAM
here are many things about Bermuda that make it so special, but the island’s stunning natural beauty is surely among the factors that drew you here for vacation. Bermuda’s natural habitat is preserved in various settings throughout the island, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy unique ecotourism experiences. If it’s adventure you seek, make sure Admiralty House Park is high on your must-do list. Walking trails, ruins, and underground tunnels can be found at this small park on the island’s north shore, but its standout attraction is small, secluded Clarence
Cove, where you can enjoy cliff jumping and swimming through a cave. It’s a thrilling, uniquely Bermudian experience that all eco-adventurers should try. If the cliff jumping at Admiralty House Park appeals to you, be sure to also check out Blue Hole Park, an area of stunning natural scenery with caves, grottoes and the blue hole for which it’s named. Surrounded by mangroves, the crystal-clear water in the blue hole offers the unique experience of swimming whilst surrounded by forest. It’s fringed by short cliffs, the perfect jumping-off spot for a plunge into the cool water. Named for the body of water that brings life to the area, the Spittal Pond Nature Reserve has diverse offerings. The reserve is lively and wild, with as many as 500 species of birds coming to call in January during the migratory season. Crabs, butterflies and the rare Bermuda skink also frequent the area. If you visit in March or April, perch on Portuguese Rock for a while and you may be lucky enough to spot 40-ton humpback whales offshore as they migrate through the Atlantic. Spittal Pond Nature Reserve is home to an interesting geologic feature as well — a limestone checkerboard. On the western end of the pond, an area of eroded marine limestone sports cracks at all the right angles, making for a checkerboard appearance. Spittal Pond has history,
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too, in the form of a simple carving in stone of the letters “RP” and a year, 1543. Left behind by sailors on a Portuguese ship that wrecked in Bermuda, the carving marks the island’s first-known human visitors. A little effort goes a long way in Bermuda. Make the trek down the steep, winding trail that leads to Astwood Cove beach and you’ll reap the benefits of a beautiful stretch of sand framed perfectly by rugged cliffs. Not many people opt to make the effort, so you’ll likely have this beach almost — or entirely — to yourself. Another gorgeously pristine beach can be found at Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, an area that only opened to the public in 2011. In this 12-acre nature preserve, you can also spot seabirds, land crabs, Bermuda cedar trees and a sweeping view of the island from the wildlife observation tower. Spend an afternoon strolling through enchanting Southlands Estate, where a ruin dating back to 1745, lush gardens and an enormous banyan tree grove are sure to inspire wonderment. Pools and pathways also dot the landscape, making this estate a lovely spot to wander and explore. Let the experts show you the way with a tour led by Hidden Gems of Bermuda. Their winter excursion includes a stop at Southlands. If you’re here in the summer, check out their tour to Tom Moore’s Jungle. Other Hidden Gems offerings include forts and photography tours, as well as special occasion packages. Unique habitats abound in Bermuda, like Trunk Island, the largest of 10 islands found in Harrington Sound. The majority of the island is under the care of the Bermuda Zoological Society, which is working to restore native flora and fauna there whilst also establishing programmes on-site, like conservation management training, natural history education outreach and the enhancement of recreation opportunities. Volunteer work opportunities are available at Trunk Island, allowing you to lend a hand with initiatives like planting, path clearing, painting or light construction.
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ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS I NSI DE R’ S GUIDE With so much to fill your itinerary, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for in Bermuda. Here are our top picks for what to see and do. THE BERMUDA AQUARIUM, MUSEUM & ZOO 40 North Shore Rd., Flatts Village Tel: 293-2727 Website: bzs.bm
The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo invites you to walk on the wild side and enjoy their immersive exhibits of Madagascar, Australasia and the Caribbean. You will wander through naturalistic environments designed to place you up close to nature and to come within a whisker of the animals. Within Madagascar, the resident family of ring-tailed lemurs is free to roam the entire exhibit. Visitors walking through the exhibit will
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often find them perched in the trees above or walking along the same path through the enclosure. Stepping into the Caribbean exhibit is like stepping into in island jungle, with the golden lion tamarin monkeys happily leaping from tree to tree and foraging for food, just as they would do in the wild. Be sure to visit the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo and learn to love the diversity of its highlighted island environments. It will be an experience you will never forget!
across the city streets and alleyways. Whether you’re strolling through one of the serene parks, walking the ramparts of Fort Hamilton (a walled battlement that casts a protective eye over the city below) or discovering historic North Hamilton, this quaint capital will tempt you back to explore just a little bit more.
CITY OF HAMILTON Tel: 292-1234 Website: cityofhamilton.bm
Let Crown Point help you capture the memories and adventures whilst you’re on vacation in Bermuda by hiring one of their skilled local photographers. Their concierge will help plan your shoot, choose the right photographer whose style you connect with and suggest some of the most beautiful spots islandwide. Their photographers specialise in shoots for family vacations, honeymoons, babymoons, proposals, girls’ weekends and romantic getaways and more.
The main centre for trade and commerce, Hamilton is a bustling city, small in size but also the home of a myriad of unique boutiques, eclectic restaurants and cultural experiences all waiting to be explored. Nestled alongside the tranquil waters of Hamilton Harbour, the city is awash with colour, ranging from the pastel storefronts and residential enclaves to the impressive display of public artwork scattered
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THE CRYSTAL CAVES OF BERMUDA 8 Crystal Cave Rd. Hamilton Parish Tel: 293-0640 Website: caves.bm
Stunning natural beauty is on display more than 140 feet below the earth’s surface, where stalactites and stalagmites have been forming for millennia. Visitors can choose to encounter the Crystal Cave, the Fantasy Cave or both. In the Crystal Cave, state-of-the-art lights glitter off the natural rock and visitors cross a beautiful lake via a pontoon bridge that rises and falls with the tides. Meanwhile, the Fantasy Cave shows off a completely separate display of amazing rock formations. ELBOW BEACH CYCLES LTD. Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort & Spa 60 South Shore Rd., Paget Tel: 296-2300 Website: elbowbeachcycles.com
Why follow the crowd when you can discover Bermuda’s hidden coves and
dazzling pink-sand beaches for yourself in high style? Pick from the island’s newest and most advanced rental fleet, and then put yourself in the laid-back island mood with their industry-leading YouDrive™ tuition. For the widest choice of gas scooters, electric scooters, hybrid electric bikes, mountain bikes and the most reassuring safety record on the island, book online or call today. ESCAPE ROOM BERMUDA 9 Washington Lane, Hamilton Tel: 293-3948 Website: escaperoombermuda.bm
Escape Room Bermuda is the original innovator of escape entertainment in Bermuda. You and your team of two to eight people enter a room to solve puzzles relating to a particular theme in a race against the clock. Escape Room Bermuda is conveniently located in the City of Hamilton. It is suitable for friends, families, team building, couples, special occasions, students and anyone else looking for a challenge. Can you escape before time runs out? Open daily.
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Come along for a fun-filled day on tour with Hidden Gems of Bermuda Ltd. Its mission is to provide an experience of a lifetime exploring Bermuda’s best-kept secrets. Travel with them to exquisite locations that offer a sense of excitement for individuals with an adventurous spirit and passion for the great outdoors. They promise to take you on a journey to some of the finest places that nature has to offer, including entering into the island’s one and only jungle, exploring caves off the beaten path, interacting with tropical fish and much more. Get ready for an exclusive experience learning about Bermuda’s natural habitats and geological formations. JUST BREATHE YOGA 32 Water St., St George’s Tel: 707-5001 Website: justbreatheyoga.bm
This beautiful boutique studio is filled with love and inspiration. Located in a historic
ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS building with exposed cedar beams, this studio offers a beautiful view of the harbour. The Just Breathe space is dedicated to healing and nourishment of the body, mind and soul. You can expect an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, no extra fees to use yoga mats, and cosy classes with 12 students or less. Because of their smaller class sizes, you will receive much more personalised attention from their experienced teachers. Bonus: After class, head downstairs by the water and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea from their Just Breathe coffee van. Visitors of all levels are welcome. THE LILI BERMUDA PERFUMERY Stewart Hall 5 Queen St., St. George’s Tel: 293-0627 / 800-527-8213 Website: lilibermuda.com
MASTERWORKS MUSEUM OF BERMUDA ART Botanical Gardens 183 South Shore Rd., Paget Tel: 299-4000 Website: masterworksbermuda.org
Masterworks is Bermuda’s only purpose-built museum and is home to over 1,600 works of Bermuda-inspired art, including famous names such as Winslow Homer, Albert Gleizes and Georgia O’Keeffe. Every month, a cross-section of local artists display their works in shows. The Arrowroot Gift Shop is home to a variety of local artisans’ handiwork, available for purchase. Homer’s Café, a perfect complement to the beauty of the Botanical
Gardens, prepares an array of fresh and delicious meals for breakfast and lunch. The museum and café are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BERMUDA 1 The Keep Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-1333 Website: nmb.bm
Immerse yourself in 500 years of history at the National Museum, housed within the island’s largest fort. The 15-acre property includes British military buildings of the Keep citadel and the award-winning Commissioner’s House. Inside its historic limestone walls, learn about Bermuda’s cultural links with the West Indies and the Azores, trans-Atlantic slavery and the island’s defence through two World Wars. Marvel at local artist Graham Foster’s 1,000-square-foot mural of Bermuda history and other maritime art. Explore the collection of small local watercraft and Shipwreck Island: Sunken Clues to Bermuda’s Past, an exhibit showcasing Spanish gold, colonial trade goods and other artefacts recovered from local shipwrecks. Kids will love the whimsical Museum Playground & Playhouse, complete with maritime interactives and a 70foot moray eel. Open April through November from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.); December through March from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.). Adults, $15; seniors, $12; free for children under 16.
OCEAN DISCOVERY CENTRE @ BUEI 40 Crow Lane, Pembroke Tel: 292-7219 Website: buei.bm
Visit the Ocean Discovery Centre at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI). Perfect for all ages, BUEI is the home to one of the largest private shell collections in the world, a virtual shark cage, shipwreck gallery and so much more. With BUEI’s cutting-edge technology, you can explore the island’s reefs and beyond, take a virtual dive on the Blue Echo submersible and unlock the secrets of the Bermuda Triangle. Complete your experience and enjoy the beautiful views of Hamilton Harbour at the on-site awardwinning Harbourfront Restaurant and be sure to visit the Oceans Gift Shop for a special souvenir. The Ocean Discovery Centre is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission at 3 p.m.). All admission funds go to support the Ocean Discovery Centre’s nonprofit mission of providing education, experiences and exploration of the ocean. To learn more about the Ocean Discovery Centre, visit buei.bm. OLEANDER CYCLES AND BERMUDA RENTAL CAR LTD. 6 Valley Rd., Paget Tel: 236-2453
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The Lili Bermuda Perfumery is an internationally recognised couture perfume house that is open to visitors. Lili Bermuda fragrances for men and women, which capture the essence of Bermuda, are created on property at Stewart Hall in St. George’s and are sold in their retail stores at Stewart Hall and their Lili Bermuda store in Hamilton. The line is sold exclusively in Bermuda and makes a crowd-pleasing gift for loved ones upon your return home. The store and adjacent history room in St. George’s are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in summer, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter.
15 Gorham Rd., Hamilton Tel: 295-0919 26 York St., St. George’s Tel: 297-0478 9 Camber Rd. Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-2764 Cambridge Beaches Hotel 30 Kings Point Rd., Somerset Tel: 234-0331 ask for cycle shop The Reefs Hotel 2 Tribe Rd. #3, Southampton Tel: 238-2282 ask for cycle shop Grotto Bay Resort, Bailey’s Bay 11 Blue Hole Hill, Hamilton Parish Tel: 293-1010 Website: bermudarentalcar.com Website: oleandercycles.bm
Bermuda’s No. 1 scooter livery offers quality one- and two-seater scooters and fun, easy-tomanoeuvre two-seater cars, all at competitive rates. With a new addition to their fleet — compact cars featuring A/C, Bluetooth stereo and electric windows — means you can now travel around Bermuda in style and comfort. You will receive five-star service and a safety demonstration with their friendly staff. Oleander’s reputation is the best in Bermuda and has earned this since opening in 1964. They have locations at each end of the island in Dockyard and St. George’s, plus two in the centre of the island, including Hamilton and Paget. Free delivery or transportation via their courtesy vans to and from your hotel is available no matter where you are on the island. They are open seven days a week.
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SMATT’S CYCLE LIVERY LTD. Hamilton Princess & Beach Club 74 Pitts Bay Rd., Pembroke Tel: 295-1180 South Shore Rd., Southampton Tel: 238-7800 Website: smattscyclelivery.com
Smatt’s Cycle Livery is a mainstay of the rental cycle business in Bermuda. Originally a small mom-and-pop shop, the family business was one of the first cycle liveries on the island. They are well known for their friendly and helpful staff. For that reason, they enjoy many repeat customers who visit the island every year. Navigate Bermuda’s highways, byways and hidden lanes on your scooter and discover Bermuda’s best-kept secrets. There are endless possibilities in Bermuda, and the best way to experience them all is on two wheels. The seat of a Smatt’s cycle is the best way to see the island — guaranteed!
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he island’s most stunning natural resource pretty much surrounds you, making it easy to explore — no need for Lara Croft or Indiana Jones–style intrepid treks to find it. What can be intrepid is how you enjoy the waters in and around the island, such as a deep dive under the waves or zooming around on scorchingly fast powerboats. Or you can just kick back with a cruise. Regardless of your thrill tolerance, Bermuda’s waters have you covered.
Skim the Surface One good way to kick off an exploration of Bermuda’s waves is by hiring a charter boat, with either a sail or motor power. Who better than an experienced captain to navigate Bermuda’s waters and highlight the stunning sights and the best places to snorkel, swim or cliff jump? In Bermuda, charters seem to fit every mood or experience, such as cocktail cruises at sunset, Champagne cruises under the full moon, daytime rides in glassbottom boats to spy sea life or seasonal treks to see the magical glow-worms or catch a glimpse
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of humpback whales migrating past the island. For those ready to captain their own vessel, there are several watersport outlets that rent boats, offering you the opportunity to explore Bermuda’s hidden bays and beaches along the roughly 64 miles of coastline. Depending on your needs, you’ll find a vessel to fit them: Bermuda has boats that range in size from 23-foot pontoon boats that take up to 13 people, as well as 13- and 16-foot Boston Whalers for smaller gatherings and couples. Reel Fun Ever dreamed of catching the big one? You don’t have to go too far — no more than a mile offshore — before you’re in for some exciting action. Whether you’re a novice or veteran fisherman, the island’s knowledgeable fishing captains will provide you with a fishing experience like no other. Haul in game fish such as wahoo, yellowfin and blackfin tuna, amberjack, rainbow runner and mahi mahi. Or experience the thrill of hooking a famous blue marlin. There are both full- and threequarter-day charters available, and pickup locations can be arranged to best suit passengers.
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DID YOU KNOW? Teddy Tucker discovered more than 100 shipwrecks in Bermuda waters and was a founding member of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.
hilst there are an estimated 3 million shipwrecks worldwide, only about one percent of them have actually been explored. This rough estimate includes vessels from all stages of human history and ranges from warships and submarines to dug-out canoes. Bermuda, of course, has plenty of shipwrecks with tales to tell. In fact, it has more shipwrecks per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Many have called the waters surrounding Bermuda the “Isle of Devils,” thanks to the reefs that led to the demise of many ships over the years. Today, visitors can easily dive or snorkel more than 40 sunken ships that date all the way back to the 1600s. Here are some sunken ships that are worth learning about — and exploring. THE HERMES One of Bermuda’s most popular shipwrecks, the Hermes can be found about a mile from Horseshoe Bay. One of the reasons it is so popular is that fact that it’s almost
THE MARY CELESTE Back in 1864, the Mary Celestia, a paddle steamer and Civil War blockade-runner, sank after leaving port in Bermuda. Carrying ammunition, rifles, beef and bacon, it ran aground on a reef. However, everyone on board, except for the ship’s cook, survived. Some experts think that the Bermuda pilot guiding the boat during this time had something to do with wrecking the ship. But no one can say for sure. Today the ship rests at approximately 55 feet off the South Shore, with one of the paddlewheel frames sticking upright. Sections of the bow and stern, boilers, and anchor are also visible. THE NORTH CAROLINA On its way from Bermuda to England, the North Carolina’s 250-foot-long English iron hull sank on New Year’s Day in 1880. These days, the classic sailing ship is quite an impressive spectacle, sitting upright next to the main body of one of Bermuda’s comprehensive barrier reefs. The bow and stern are still fairly intact, but the mid-section has collapsed. Divers can flipper-kick their way through the ship’s large iron ribs.
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completely intact. It sits upright in about 80 feet of water. Built during World War II, it came to Bermuda decades later as a Panamanian freighter with engine trouble. Fast-forward to 1985 and it was sunk as an artificial reef a mile off the South Shore. Divers can explore the 156-foot steel-hulled ship from the cargo hold to the wheelhouse, then to the galley, the winch and the mast on the deck.
THE IRISTO This Norwegian freighter, which sank in 1937, is often called Bermuda’s most unlucky ship because, the crazy thing is, it actually sank due to another shipwreck. The captain of the 250-foot-long ship thought he was following another ship down the channel, the Cristóbal Colón, but the Cristóbal itself was already wrecked hard aground on the reef. By the time he realised his mistake, it was too late and his ship was also claimed by the reef. These days, the ship has loads of beautiful coral attached to it, and its fire engine, propeller and boilers are all still visible. HMS VIXEN Located on the west side of the island, this partially submerged wreck can be visited on one of the many tour boats that visit from Royal Naval Dockyard. Sunk in 1896 as a block ship to defend Dockyard, it is now home to hundreds of hungry bream, chub and snapper, as well as the occasional black grouper. Because it’s in a well-protected part of the island, conditions are typically great for a boat, kayak or Jet Ski visit; and beautiful snorkelling with tame turtles is not far away in front
of Long Bay Somerset. Turtles are protected, so look closely but don’t touch. THE CRISTÓBAL COLÓN Not to be left out, we return to the 499-footlong Cristóbal Colón that contributed to the sinking of the Iristo. The Cristóbal is the largest known shipwreck off the shores of Bermuda. In 1932 it was a beauty and one of the most advanced liners of its time. That all came to an abrupt end when it hit a coral reef in 1936. Because the ship sat in an upright position for years, the contents of the upper decks were well preserved. Those finds, including chapel doors, pianos and sets of Spanish silverware, were sold at auction. Keep an eye out: Many older Bermuda homes now house these historic furnishings. The wreckage can be found dotting a 100,000-square-foot area on the ocean floor. The ship is now covered with an incredible array of marine life. TREASURE LIES HERE In 1955, Teddy Tucker was searching the Wreck of the San Pedro when he noticed a big plank. He lifted it and underneath was a gold cross festooned with beautiful carvings.
He turned it over to find emeralds embedded on it. Seven emeralds, in fact, each the size of a musket ball. Today, a hologram of the 22-karat gold cross, known as Tucker’s Cross, can be seen at the Ocean Discovery Centre at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI). Why the hologram? A thief snatched the cross in 1975 and replaced it with a plastic replica. Sadly, the stolen cross was never retrieved. Over his lifetime, Tucker discovered more than 100 shipwrecks in Bermuda waters and was a founding member of the BUEI. Experts say it’s hard to determine the value of the cross today, but when the cross was found, it was said to be the single most valuable piece of treasure recovered from a shipwreck. Although Tucker’s Cross is arguably the most remarkable find, other treasures have been recovered over the years. In 1942, the Constellation sank. Divers have recovered coffee cups, nail polish bottles, ceramic tiles, bottles, lead crucifixes and yo-yos. They also found radios, barrels of crockery and medicinal drugs like iodine, penicillin and morphine. The Eagle sank in 1658 and left behind loads of clay pipes likely used for tobacco.
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Getting Under Underneath all the exciting water activities there’s another world just waiting to be explored. If you’re looking to keep close to shore, many beaches have concessions that rent snorkel equipment; and there’s no shortage of interesting sea life to discover, including brightly coloured parrotfish and friendly yellow and black-striped sergeant majors. There are loads of ways to make a beach day fun, and many concessions also offer Boogie boards, kayaks, paddleboards and beach toys. Or, for a once-in-alifetime opportunity, take a tour out to North Rock — located at the northern edge of Bermuda’s reef
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Thrill Seeking Ride the wild side on a high-speed hydrofoil catamaran or hang on the back of a Banana Split boat. Each of these options offers a thrilling way to sightsee whilst leaving you with an adventure to remember. If that’s not exciting enough, try a high-flying parasailing tour to get a panoramic view of the island and a glimpse at the many reefs that adorn the crystal-clear water. Or you can ratchet a water-based charter tour up a notch and get your adrenaline pumping by giving one of Bermuda’s favourite pastimes — cliff jumping — a try. This kind of tour takes you to one of the small islands in the Great Sound, where you can explore your inner daredevil via a variety of heights to jump from. Back on the water, renting a Jet Ski or heading out on a Jet Ski tour can be just the thrill you seek and perfect for a family outing. Other great family-friendly fun on the water includes renting a stand-up paddleboard, a Hydrobike or either a single or double kayak to paddle around at a slower pace. A guided kayak tour can uncover some of Bermuda’s most spectacular coastal creatures, including the much-loved Bermuda Longtail; and a glass-bottomed kayak will make it easy to see a variety of coral, colourful fish and turtles.
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platform. There you’ll find ancient coral reef and larger fish species that call the further reaches of the coral reefs home. For those looking to scuba dive, there are PADI diving lessons available at several locations on the island. Then you can set out on a scuba tour to explore Bermuda’s abundant historic shipwrecks. Need help deciding which activities are best for you? Check out Island Tour Centre’s website, chock-full of tours and other adventures; or visit them in Royal Naval Dockyard and let the experts help you make the most of your time in Bermuda. Visitors can also stop by one of the Visitor Services Centres located in the City of Hamilton, Royal Naval Dockyard or the Town of St. George. Check with the helpful staff, which provides insider knowledge about Bermuda and all it has to offer. You can also pick up the new Map Guide to help you navigate the island during your travels.
Summer 2022 will also feature: • ATV tours • Go karts • Paddle Boards
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Funworx Bermuda aims to provide affordable fun for locals and tourists alike. Our broad range of water and land activities will guarantee a day of endless fun and excitement. Glide through the Bermudaful waters on our pedal driven Hydrobikes (a local and tourist favorite) or enjoy a sunset tour on our clear bottom single or double seated kayaks. Want to stay on land? Try our URB-E Electric scooters- a new and innovative way to explore the island. These guided scooter tours are fun, informative and picturesque.
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With so many sporting adventures to fill your itinerary, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for in Bermuda. Here are our top picks for what to do. ANA LUNA CATAMARAN Grotto Bay Beach Resort 11 Blue Hole Hill, Bailey’s Bay Tel: 504-3780 Website: analunaadventures.com
“Adventures in Paradise” sums up the Ana Luna Catamaran experience. Built in France, Ana Luna is an ideal blend of stunning good looks along with strength and well-thought-out functionality. At 45 feet in length, she can accommodate up to 40 guests
for private functions and group cruises. By night, Ana Luna sleeps eight guests in private cabins with en-suite bathrooms. Ana Luna Catamaran has become very well known for signature groups cruises. Please surf analunaadventures.com for extensive info with click to book reservations. Cruises include Champagne Sunset Cruise, Sail, Snorkel and Swim & Glow-Worms Safari. Popular are several new sunset dinner cruises in both semiformal and casual settings. Ana Luna is a long-time fixture at the beautiful Grotto Bay Resort on the east end of the island. Weekend sailings are from Hamilton, with weekly sailings between the two locations. The Ana Luna team is very proud to feature two of Bermuda’s most likeable crewmembers, Neitra Dill and Terry Mahoney. They never stop helping guests find their bliss, and their smiles belong to their warm Bermudian personalities (and most of their stories are true)!
BERMUDA FUN GOLF WORLD’S NO. 1 MINIATURE GOLF COURSE Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 400-7888 Website: fungolf.bm
Situated on an acre of oceanfront property, Bermuda Fun Golf features 18 challenging holes whose design was inspired by famous holes in golf courses in the U.S., Scotland and Bermuda. With incredible ocean views and the Caddy Shack Bar & Grill, this mini golf course is a casual gathering place for golfers, non-golfers or those that simply appreciate great food. Enjoy the island’s best views of Bermuda’s spectacular sunsets from their elevated terrace. After dark, play a round of “glow in the dark” night golf. Putt a round of miniature golf with them today or stop by the best 19th Hole in Bermuda for a bite to eat and a locally brewed craft beer. This is the perfect outing for golf enthu-
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siasts and families. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from April to October. From November to March, it’s only open on weekends. Bermuda Fun Golf is located next to Snorkel Park Beach through the common archway. CAPTAIN KIRK’S CORAL REEF ADVENTURES Dockyard Watersports Centre Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 232-KIRK (5475) Website: kirksadventures.com
Captain Kirk’s Coral Reef Adventures offers a huge range of boat tours and private charters. Daily tour options in the summer include snorkelling, glass bottom and sightseeing, fishing, evening cruises, and even a brand-new water park onboard the M/V Longtail! These tours depart from Royal Naval Dockyard, and there’s an option for any budget or any type of traveller. The fleet is also available for charter; with nine different boats to choose from — including a brand-new 65-foot catamaran, Good Vibrations — 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. These boats are perfect for celebrating your special events like birthdays, weddings, themed parties and even whale watching. Get in contact to start arranging your dream tour or charter today. CASTAWAY CHARTERS Tel: 505-0855 Website: castawaybermuda.com
Join a tour or book a private charter. Castaway Charters offers regularly scheduled group snorkel tours and they are available every day for private charters. They operate in the East End of Bermuda and frequent the secluded beaches and sandbars of Castle Island, an area that may be considered the most beautiful place in Bermuda. Experience snorkelling on pristine reefs and shipwrecks inside the Nonsuch Island nature preserve or enjoy sunsets whilst hanging out with the turtles in Bailey’s Bay. Please call them for more information or to make a booking.
ELIZABETH Dockyard Watersports Centre Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 232-KIRK (5475) Website: elizabethbermuda.com
MV Elizabeth’s simple elegance sets it amongst the most luxurious destinations in Bermuda, and she is equipped to make your experience both magical and memorable. Enjoy anything from cocktail parties to corporate meetings whilst taking in the ocean breeze and incomparable views. A DJ, playlist or even a live band — along with a large dance floor — can be arranged to spice up any occasion. Full catering options and an open, transformable space allow you to customise the inside salon and outside deck into everything you’ve envisioned. Firstclass crew members take care of your every need so you can enjoy a stress-free event. With a huge variety of adjustable seating options, four bathrooms, an 80-inch flatscreen TV, a large bar and a swim platform with ladder, the Elizabeth is designed to accommodate any size group with comfort and style. Weddings, team building days or just a good old-fashioned party: the MV Elizabeth can host it all. Raise the standard
Simple elegance set amongst the most luxurious destinations in Bermuda, the Elizabeth is equipped to make your experience both magical and memorable. Enjoy anything from cocktail parties to corporate meetings while taking in the ocean breeze and incomparable views. Weddings, team building days, or just a good old-fashioned party: the Elizabeth can host it all. Raise the standard of any occasion on the Elizabeth, surrounded by the crystal blue waters of Bermuda. call: 441-232-KIRK email@example.com www.elizabethbermuda.com
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of any occasion on the MV Elizabeth, surrounded by the crystal-blue waters of Bermuda. FUNWORX BERMUDA 908 Coopers Island Rd., St. David’s Tel: 595-2925 Facebook: facebook.com/funworxbermuda Instagram: @funworkbermuda
Funworx Bermuda aims to provide affordable fun for locals and tourists alike. Their broad range of water and land activities will guarantee a day of endless fun and excitement. Glide through the Bermudaful waters on their pedal-driven Hydrobikes, which are a local and tourist favourite, or enjoy a sunset tour on their clear-bottom single- or double-seated kayaks. Want to stay on land? Try their URB-E electric scooters, a new and innovative way to explore the island. These guided scooter tours are fun, informative and picturesque. Funworx features ATV tours, go-karts, paddleboards, paddleboats and an inflatable sports arena, to name just a few.
experience ever. Choose from unbeatable snorkelling opportunities, award-winning eco- and adventure tours, leisurely sightseeing excursions, informative island explorations, 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 boat rentals and private charter options — from Boston Whalers to yachts, they have it all. Visit their website, call
or drop by their booking office, which is conveniently located within walking distance of the bus, ferry and Dockyard cruise ship terminals. KINEZUMI WATER SPORTS Rosewood Bermuda 60 Tucker’s Point Dr. Hamilton Parish Tel: 296-9595 Website: kinezumiwatersports.com
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hmcharters.com Tel: 505-1611 FISHING CHARTER HOURS Full Day: 6:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. 3/4 Day: 7:00a.m. - 2:30p.m.
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HAKUNA MATATA CHARTERS Tel: 505-1611 Website: hmcharters.com
Welcome to Hakuna Matata Charters, Bermuda’s top charter boat. A 51-foot custom Carolina, Hakuna Matata will get you out to the fishing grounds fast and in comfort. With over 55 years of experience between Captain Scott Barnes and his father Michael Barnes, their team knows how to get you on the fish! Hakuna Matata Charters also offers cruising charters; birthday, booze cruise with friends, office party or just a fun day out on the beautiful waters of Bermuda. Hakuna Matata will give you the best day on the water with the best crew and on the best charter boat in Bermuda. Hakuna Matata: it means no worries! ISLAND TOUR CENTRE Dockyard Watersports Centre Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 236-1300 Website: islandtourcentre.com
This is 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 a conveniently located booking office, Island Tour Centre is the first stop for your best Bermuda vacation
The right choice for experiencing Bermuda’s pristine waters. Book Traveler, experience the difference. 441 6326· •firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com· •travelerbermuda.com 441 705 705 6326 travelerbermuda.com
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BY ROBYN BARDGETT
NOT EVEN A PANDEMIC COULD KEEP THIS WORLD-FAMOUS RACE DOWN FOREVER.
fter a nearly two-year delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has resumed its 2019-20 edition. The sailing event, which trains people from all walks of life to become ocean racers, was suspended in March 2020 after sailing halfway around the world. It relaunched in March 2022 from Subic Bay, Philippines, and is set to finish in August. The race is one of the only events that trains everyday people to make six ocean crossings, testing their limits and giving nonprofessional sailors the opportunity to take part in one of the toughest challenges on the planet. Along with being one of the 15 host ports in the 40,000-nautical-mile race, Bermuda is also signed up as
a team partner with the 11-strong matched fleet’s debut entry, GoToBermuda. On board during two of the legs are two local Bermuda members of the ambassador crew — 22-year-old Chanara Smith-Rookes and 20-year-old Matthew Stephens. These young Bermudians prepared for the adventure of a lifetime with a gruelling training programme in cold weather conditions in the U.K. to learn the ropes of life on board one of the stripped-down ocean-racing yachts. Both Stephens and Smith-Rookes were invited to continue on GoToBermuda after the race resumed this year. Stephens races on Leg 7 from Seattle through the Panama Canal to New York City, and SmithRookes leaves New York for Leg 8 to Bermuda during the final leg of the race. Boats travelling from New York on the final leg of the race will arrive in Bermuda and will spend a week on the island, staying at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC). There will be events taking place throughout the fleet’s stay on the island before they head off to the U.K. for the race finish in London.
DID YOU KNOW? These young Bermudians prepared for the adventure of a lifetime with a gruelling training programme in cold weather conditions in the U.K.
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Experience fun in the sun with Kinezumi’s exhilarating floating water park surrounded by stunning views of Castle Harbour. The floating park offers climbing towers, a steep slide, human catapulting launch pads and a maze of floating pathways to challenge and delight family, friends or co-workers. Put your balance and coordination to the test whilst controlling your speed, strength and agility. The inflatable water park is a great idea if you are planning a birthday party, summer camp outing, team building or corporate event. Their water park can hold up to 40 people per session. Lifeguards are on duty during operation, and all guests are required to wear life jackets. Participants must be 48 inches tall. Little people sessions are available (as a special booking) for children 40 to 47 inches tall and must be accompanied by an adult; the accompanying adult is free. For your safety, operation of the water park is subject to weather and water conditions. TRAVELER CHARTERS BERMUDA Tel: 705-6326 Website: travelerbermuda.com
Whether it’s celebrating family and friends or corporate entertaining, Traveler is the perfect choice for cruising Bermuda’s waters in comfort and style. Formerly owned by a local Bermudian head of state, Traveler has a fascinating legacy. Beautifully crafted details and classic design set the stage for a magical escape that treats all the senses. Charters are fully customisable. Snorkel local shipwrecks and, if feeling brave enough, you can try cliff diving. Or maybe you can do some reef fishing in preparation for lunch! Romantics can enjoy heavenly sunset cruising with cocktails and canapés, followed by an amazing chef’s table dinner. Book a charter aboard Traveler and experience the difference!
THE SEAT OF A SMATT’S CYCLE IS THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLAND — GUARANTEED!
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club 74 Pitts Bay Rd., Pembroke 295-1180
Fairmont Southampton Resort South Shore Rd., Southampton 238-7800
We’ve gathered everything you need to plan your stay, but please note that closures and cancellations may occur. Business hours and tour departure times are also subject to change due to COVID-19 protocols, so be sure to confirm details directly with your tour operator. We encourage you to always follow the established protocols before, during and after travelling. For more information, visit gov.bm/coronavirus-travellers.
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pportunities for adventure on land are all part of Bermuda’s charm. Whether you’re looking to get active outdoors or you want to watch all the action, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Par for the Course With seven world-class courses, stunning views, challenging fairways and a temperate climate to work on your swing year-round, it’s no wonder Bermuda is known as a golfer’s paradise. Many of the courses have been designed by worldrenowned course designers and over the years have hosted golf celebrities such as Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson. Bermuda’s golf courses are regularly praised for their beauty and stimulating game by major outlets such as Golf Digest and Travel + Leisure. The former St. George’s Golf Course reopened in May 2021 at The St. Regis Bermuda Resort. The new 18-hole, ocean-view Five Forts Golf Course totals 4,436 yards and is par 62. With more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world, there’s no shortage of interesting play in Bermuda, whether you’re trying to challenge yourself with tough holes or looking to line up shots against jaw-dropping backdrops — or both. Along with courses ranked amongst some of the best in the world, there are opportunities to watch some exciting major tournaments on the island, including the official PGA TOUR Pro-Am Bermuda Championship event, which takes place at the Port Royal Golf Course October 20-23, 2022. Not only is the event compelling for spectators who can see some of the PGA professional players in action, but the course also features some of the most stunning backdrops of any golf course in the world, with dramatic cliffs and the variegated blues off the coast of the South Shore. There are also several annual tournaments open to amateur players that take place at a variety of the different clubs on the island, including the Dark ’n Stormy World Par 3 Championship, which has previously been held in March; and the Goslings Invitational Golf Tournament, usually held in December. The Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament, which also takes place in December, was established in 1953 and is one of the world’s longest-running proam golf tournaments that sees teams comprised of one club professional and three amateur club
members who travel to Bermuda to golf and enjoy all that Bermuda has to offer. From October 24-31, 2022, Bermuda is set to host its first-ever Black Golfers Week to promote diversity in sport. The weeklong celebration includes a full golf itinerary with a celebrity proam tournament, free golf play and golf lessons, along with panel discussions, awards dinners, island excursions and parties. There will also be a screening of Rafael Louis “Kid” Corbin: Breaking Golf's Colour Line in America, Canada and Bermuda, a documentary highlighting the littleknown story of this Black Bermudian golfer. And if you’re looking for a more a relaxing, family-friendly round of match play, Bermuda Fun Golf at Royal Naval Dockyard is an 18-hole mini golf course designed as replicas of some world-famous courses from the U.S., Bermuda and Scotland. Test your skills on Pebble Beach, California’s iconic par-3 Hole 7 or Scotland’s Gleneagle’s par-4 Hole 13. And just like on the 19th Hole of a traditional golf course, after your hole-in-one you can celebrate with a locally brewed craft beer at the Caddy Shack Bar & Grill and enjoy panoramic sunset views.
Along with courses ranked amongst some of the best in the world, there are opportunities to watch some exciting major tournaments on the island.
THE SPORTING LIFE ISLAND GOLF COURSES
PORT ROYAL GOLF Southampton
34 Coot Pond Rd., St. George’s
Highlights: The longest and most picturesque course in all of Bermuda, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and ranked amongst the world’s best public courses. 6,842 yards / Par 71 / 18 holes
The former St. George’s Golf Course reopened in 2021 at The St. Regis Bermuda Resort. The new ocean-view Five Forts Golf Course is named for the five forts that surround it, including the largest and most celebrated in Bermuda, Fort St. Catherine. 4,436 yards / Par 62 / 18 holes THE MID OCEAN CLUB Tucker’s Town, St. George’s Tel: 293-0330 themidoceanclubbermuda.com
Highlights: Designed by Charles Blair Macdonald in 1921 and modified to its current design by Robert Trent Jones. 6,520 yards / Par 71 / 18 holes
TUCKER’S POINT GOLF COURSE 60 Tucker’s Point Dr., Hamilton Parish Tel: 298-6970 tuckerspoint.com/club/golf/
Highlights: Originally designed by Charles H. Banks in 1932, enhanced by Roger Rulewich in 2002. 6,491 yards / Par 70 / 18 holes TURTLE HILL GOLF CLUB SOUTHAMPTON 101 South Rd., Southampton Tel: 238-8000
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Highlights: Winner of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play Golf,” designed to take your short game to new heights. 2,873 yards / Par 54 / 18 holes
27 Harbour Rd., Paget Tel: 236-6060 newsteadbelmonthills.com
Highlights: Bermuda’s only double green at 14,000 square feet. Entirely renovated in 2002. 6,100 yards / Par 70 / 18 holes
MINI GOLF COURSES BERMUDA
Royal Naval Dockyard,
2 Barkers Hill Rd., Devonshire
Highlights: Features 18 d ifferent tee positions that are set for a tricky par 70 so you can better your front nine on your second round. 2,940 yards / Par 35 / 9 holes
Highlights: Features 18 challenging holes designed after famous golf courses in the U.S., Scotland and Bermuda. “Glow in the dark” night golf is also offered.
More Moves to Make Bermuda is also an ideal place to run. Between September and June, there are races almost every weekend, some as short as a 5K and others more challenging, like the Bermuda Triple Challenge, which was cancelled for 2022 but will hopefully be back in 2023. It includes 1 mile, 10K and a half- or full marathon. For those just looking to squeeze in a few miles between beach days, take in some of the beautiful views, especially along the South Shore, or challenge yourself to running along the sandy beach paths that connect Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay. Another great way to enjoy the beach is by horseback. Trail rides with experienced riding instructors are perfect for a fun family adventure that takes you along some breathtaking coastlines. For fans of tennis, the island is the perfect spot to knock out a couple of sets. Along with courts at many hotels, the W.E.R. Joell Tennis Stadium, just on the outskirts of the City of Hamilton, is open to visitors to book the court throughout the week. Enjoy the Spectacle Bermuda is also well known for hosting its fair share of spectator sports, so if you’re looking to check out the action — whether it’s cricket, soccer, rugby or athletics — there’s plenty to choose from. The most popular yearly spectator sport falls during the two-day holiday in the summer. The Cup Match Classic, which will take place July 28-29, 2022, sees the East and West End rivalries battle it out on the cricket pitch. Whilst cricket is certainly taken seriously in Bermuda, the party during the game adds to the event’s lively atmosphere. Another yearly fixture sees classic rugby players from several nations, including Canada, New Zealand, France and the U.K., back on the pitch during the World Rugby Classic, which will take place October 8-15, 2022, at the National Sports Centre North Field. Throughout the year the Bermuda National Football team also hosts home games against their CONCACAF rivals.
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BY SARAH SEKULA
FLORA DUFFY MAKES HISTORY BERMUDA’S IRON LADY BECOMES THE FIRST TRIATHLETE TO BE NAMED WORLD AND OLYMPIC CHAMPION IN THE SAME YEAR.
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World Triathlon Series to focus on the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. After the setback from the pandemic and a back injury during the months leading up to the summer of 2021, Duffy finally found herself on the Olympic world stage again. Through her tenacity and grit, she swept through the finish line in the women’s triathlon a full minute ahead of her competition, taking home the gold — a first for the small island of Bermuda and a lifelong dream of hers. This monumental moment in her career has forever left a mark on her island home. She hopes to inspire young women from the island to strive for their biggest, loftiest goals. After all, she, too, had once been a young girl on the island with a big dream. “What really makes me smile is to see the impact that it has had on the young people of Bermuda. The impact of winning this gold medal, it is special to me; but I think it is even more special to a young person to see that medal in Bermuda and be influenced,” says Duffy.
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hen Flora Duffy crossed the finish line in the XTERRA World Championship held on Maui in October 2019, she became the first elite athlete to win the ultra-challenging race five times. In a matter of 2 hours, 49 minutes, 24 seconds, she conquered the 1-mile rough-water swim, the 19.2-mile bike trail (which involves a lot of uphill climbing) and the 6.5-mile run (which also includes a heavy dose of uphill action). “It’s something I never thought I would achieve in my career,” she says. “My background is primarily racing triathlon on the road. I really enjoyed mixing it up on the trails and being exposed to a completely different community within the triathlon space.” The race begins with a difficult ocean swim. Then the course zigzags up and down the West Maui Mountains, and, for the grand finale, athletes must run a forest trail that involves a lot of uneven terrain and ends with a tough slog through deep sand. “There was a tough swell that morning, but that added to the excitement of the race,” says Duffy. “The toughest part for me was probably the run because I was coming back off of my foot injury. So, I was just a little cautious and nervous.” Despite the nerves, she came in first. Born and raised in Bermuda, Duffy was part of the local swim club, ran every road race she could and became really involved in the cycling scene. She says that pretty much sums up her childhood. “Bermuda is a great place to train,” she says. “It’s small, but there is a great cycling scene. There’s a 50-metre pool next to the track. There are trails to run on [and] a really great cycling community.” After winning the Ironman 70.3 South Africa, the three-time Olympian decided to skip the ITU
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