Scuba Diving in Bermuda

Bermuda is a secluded corner of the world, thousands of kilometres away from the mainland. And it has retained its primeval character. This British ovewseas terretory consists of 150 islands with a total area of 53 square kilometres. Formed by coral reefs under the influence of volcanic activity, the islands of Bermuda have earned a fierce reputation among seafarers. Bermuda is tempting divers from all over the world not only with its coral reefs but also with a large number of ships that have sank in deceptively calm local waters.

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Although very dangerous for sailing, the waters of Bermuda are quite calm, with weak currents along island shores. Surrounded by reef atolls, even a beginner diver has nothing to fear. There are no large sharks here as they prefer to stay in deep waters. The only danger is the Portuguese man o' war, a jellyfish-like venomous creature, which is, fortunately, easily discernible in the distance.
Bermuda is a happy hunting ground for experienced divers and wreck lovers. No one still knows the exact number of ships that sank here; however, according to some estimates, it ranges from 350 to 600! The history of Bermuda began in 1503 when it was discovered by a Spanish explorer. Since then, quite a lot of schooners, brigs and corvettes have sailed here. You might be lucky to find a golden ducat or a pearl necklace. Who knows?
Mysterious and hard-to-attain things are often extremely desirable. And nighttime diving in Bermuda is one of them. Experienced captains hardly manage to navigate through local reefs even in the daytime while at night such manoeuvres are nearly impossible. Nevertheless, there are several companies that are able to organize and safely conduct nighttime dives. At nightfall, lobsters, sea snakes, and large predators leave their shelters, while some species of corals glow in the dark.
Bermuda's coral reefs, which make up the northernmost coral reef system in the Atlantic Ocean, lie around three seamounts. Bermuda is the highest one. Its top is the only one to break the water's surface. Challenger's top lies 30 metres below sea level while Argus' top lies at a depth of 65 metres. Diving life is concentrated mainly around the island (or seamount) of Bermuda, although the shallow reef extends east, west and south for many kilometres.
Bermuda's coral reefs are not as colourful as those found in the adjacent areas, however, they house a couple of dozens of hard and soft coral species. Local waters are home to lobsters, moray eels, sea snakes, and snappers. Blue marlins, large yellowfin tuna, and wahoo are also found at great depths. Shallow waters are inhabited by marine angelfish, parrotfish, and butterflyfish. You will barely find any sharks here as they tend to be prefer to be in the deep waters as well as around cruise ships.
Memo Notes
Currency BMD - Bermudian dollar
Languages English
Timezone UTC -3
Phone code 1441
Emergency Help 911
Electricity

Type A - 120 V, 60 Hz

Type B - 120 V, 60 Hz

Dive Shops in Bermuda

Since Bermuda is a British overseas territory, local dive shops provide a high level of service. They offer well equipped dive boots, equipment rental, dive guides and instructor escort services, transfer, and insurance. Finding a Russian-speaking guide here is quite a challenge; therefore, you should have at least an intermediate level of spoken English, and AOWD certificate.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

Bermuda has a mild climate with little precipitation all year round. In the springtime, the air temperature ranges from 19 to 23 °С while the water temperature warms up to about 20-22 °С. The water visibility is quite good, between 20 and 30 meters, with moderate currents

Summer

Summer in Bermuda is hot, with fair skies and little rainfall. The average air and water temperatures are about 26-29 ˚С and 26-28 ˚С accordingly. July marks the start of the hurricane season. The water visibility can dramatically drop to 15–20 meters in August.

Autumn

In autumn the weather is mostly sunny with little precipitation. The air warms up to 28 ˚С while the water temperature ranges between 23-26 ˚С. Autumn months, especially November, offer good water visibility.

Winter

Locals consider Bermuda chilly in the wintertime; the average air temperature is about 19-22 ˚C, and the water warms up to 23 ˚С. At the same time, many dive sites offer great visibility ranging from 60 to 70 metres.

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The Best Dive Sites

Wrecks, without exaggeration, are considered to be the best dive sites. Some of them remain intact for centuries, others were deliberately sunk not so long ago. Top 10 shipwrecks include the Mary Celestia, an ancient steamboat, the Hermes, a coast guard vessel, the schooner Constellation, the Cristobal Colon, a Spanish cruise liner, the Caraquet, the Rita Zovetta, etc.

Health & Safety

Bermuda is a little British piece of paradise in the Atlantic Ocean. Although very small, it has a rather extensive but quite expensive medical care. Therefore, when planning a trip to Bermuda, the same as to numerous other countries, make sure you have an international travel insurance. No vaccinations are required for Bermuda. Bermuda is one of the safest places of the Western Hemisphere: crime-rate is low here.

Dangerous Marine Life

Since most dive sites around the island of Bermuda are shallow, it is highly unlikely that you come across potentially dangerous large predators here. Be aware of fire corals. You should never touch them. Moray eels and sea snakes are also found here while wrecks tend to attract reef stonefish.

Eat & Drinks

Bermudian cuisine is a mixture of European and American influences. It is based mainly on seafood, vegetables, and fruits.
If you visit Bermuda, you should try som of the popular Bermudian dishes. The Sunday Brunch alone is worth a try: the aroma of blended spices and fruit together with a faint elusive smoke encircle a large tray of golden-brown roast potatoes, beautifully served roasted cod, and eggs framed by bananas and avocado. All this splendor is dressed with tomato and onion sauce. And what about amber yellowshark chowder flavoured with pepper and rum! We recommend companying this dish with Rum and lemon juice cocktail which will complement this delightful treat without overpowering it. Since tap water in Bermuda may be unsafe to drink, it is advisable to consume only bottled water.