Scuba Diving in Bermuda Reefs
Duration: Half Day
The small mid-ocean island of Bermuda is a paradise for water sports lovers. In particular, it is an extremely popular scuba diving destination, boasting clear turquoise waters, over 200 square miles of coral reefs, hidden caves, hundreds of historic wrecks and an abundance of sea life. Stretching 21 miles, Bermuda is in fact an archipelago comprising 138 coral islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. When you tire of relaxing on pristine pink-sand beaches, there are numerous diving sites to explore, and this tour will take you to one of the best.
This one-tank dive will reveal a host of underwater treasures, taking you to depths averaging 45-50ft depending on your experience. Marvel at the vivid colours as you explore beautiful coral reefs, where you will find hundreds of hard and soft coral species such as rose coral, star corals, brain coral, leaf coral and numerous sea fans. You will also see many fascinating plants living on the reefs, including turtle grass and mermaid’s wineglass.
Get up close to sea turtles and schools of tropical fishes as they swim casually past you. Blue angel fish, butterfly fish, blue and princess parrotfish, honeycomb cowfish and trumpet fish are just some of the species you will see in Bermuda’s clear warm waters. A single reef can host up to 3,000 different animal species, so you will find many other sea creatures besides fish during your trip. Bermuda’s diverse ocean life is similar to the Caribbean’s, as a result of the sea being warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, which flows up from the Caribbean. However, not all species can survive in the cooler Atlantic waters, so tropical marine life is not quite as abundant here.
Regarded as the wreck diving capital of the Atlantic Ocean − if not the World − Bermuda’s waters host over 300 wrecks, some of which date back to the 15th century. They vary from historic wrecks to artificial wrecks sunk specifically for divers, so you can explore everything from mysterious, old Spanish galleons to modern Ocean Liners. Many of these ships have sunk under violent circumstances, having met their fate after getting too close to the treacherous reefs surrounding the hook-shaped islands. For this reason, early seamen named Bermuda “Isle of Devils”. Today, Bermuda’s waters are an underwater playground, offering adventure and discovery for all who dive here.
If exploring this majestic undersea world appeals to you during your holiday in Bermuda, you won’t be disappointed. Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime because this world-class diving destination will both delight and enthral you.
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