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5 Great Ways to Tour Bermuda

Bermuda boating
Boating is a great way to get around Bermuda; © Bermuda Depart. of Tourism

Visitors who want to tour Bermuda will find five easy ways to explore this western Atlantic island.

Although Bermuda is a small island, shore excursions are quite popular in part because of how easily visitors can get around.

Bermuda has one the most organized public transportation systems in the entire Caribbean and west Atlantic region.

While this is good news for travelers, it also is a challenge for them in deciding which way to get around the island. Still, depending on preference and the lack of precious time on the island, travelers will need to carefully choose tours.

The following list is a comprehensive overview of the top tour-types in Bermuda. The choices have the aim of presenting what is best for each person.

1. Bermuda Boating and Sailing Tours

For the ocean lovers, boating and sailing tours are definitely the best option. Not only will such persons get to see corals, various species of fish and other marine life, but shipwrecks and other spectacular scenes through glass bottom views.

Some even combine offshore snorkeling and other water sports along with such boat tours. Other than scheduled boat trips, travelers can also charter a private boat. Sail and snorkel tours cost about $75 per person or more depending on length and amenities.

2. Bermuda Tours by Bus, Ferry, Vans and Train

Bermuda bus
Pink Bermuda buses are easy to spot. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license

Bermuda has an extensive public bus system. Buses are easy to spot because they are painted pink.

Bus fares are inexpensive and depend on the zone. One-way tickets are available as well as day passes.

Fares are the same for ferries that travel back and forth along the island coast, such as between Hamilton and the Royal Navy Dockyard. We took that ferry and found it was quick, convenient and inexpensive.

Operators also conduct private tours on minibuses and vans. Normally, they provide guides on board or the driver himself may be the guide.

There is also a unusual vehicle, the Trolley, that moves on the roads that are unique to Bermuda. It is a train-like vehicle that runs on wheels. It takes visitors around the Dockyard, Hamilton City and St. George with a running audio commentary.

Another strange and amphibious vehicle moves on both land and sea and therefore serves as a bus and also a boat (also known as Duck Tour).

Travelling by these varied means of transportation, however, allows travelers to see a wider cross-section of Bermuda than they would have seen if their travels were limited to one route.

These tours vary widely in price depending on the length.

3. Bermuda Tours by Taxi

Tours by taxi are less common and of course, private. Such tours are suitable for small groups as taxis can accommodate 4 to 6 persons depending on their size.

Some of the taxi drivers are certified tour guides and specialize in island tours. It’s important to note however that they usually operate on hourly rates. However, with such tours, there is great time flexibility and it works out cheaper on a per-person basis.

There are no car rentals in Bermuda, so private tours in a rented car are not possible.

4. Horse Carriage Tours

Though it may seem a bit 18th century, horse carriage tours are one of the most traditional ways to tour Bermuda. Stables offer tours around the Dockyard area (Kings wharf), Hamilton City and the historic town of St George.

5. Bermuda Walking and Hiking Tours

For those who like to walk, this is probably the best way to enjoy Bermuda. Travelers get to enjoy every nooks and cranny on a particular route. This is a popular choice for those who wish to explore the island’s natural sceneries, culture and history.

It’s important to keep in mind that during the summer, the weather in Bermuda can become warm and very humid, so long walks in such conditions can be exhausting.

Touring an island like Bermuda is a unique experience. From natural attractions to mysterious historical sites, Bermuda offers great excursions experiences that will amaze the experienced as well as novice traveler.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
July 01, 2024

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