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Snorkeling in Bermuda: Church Bay, Snorkel Park, Admiralty

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Snorkeling in Bermuda: Church Bay, Snorkel Park, Admiralty

We tried Church Bay but it was windy and the surf was rough and dangerous.

We also tried the Snorkel Park at the dockyards. It was protected and a great, safe place for kids to learn. The coral is not thriving there but we did see enough fish to keep it interesting, including a parrot fish, zebras, etc. At $5/adult and free for kids to get in you also have a live steel drum band, a nice beach with bathrooms, and a snack bar so it was worth it.

Another day we went to Admiralty House Park, a very short bus or taxi ride from Hamilton (or even walk it). What a lovely park and a great place to swim. While the snorkeling wasn't superb, there was quite a lot to see in a nice protected environment. Highlights: we followed an octopus, saw a family of squid, saw a puffer all swelled up, an eel, Spanish hog fish, and crabs. The caves at the park are fun to explore - gorgeous views.

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1. Re: Snorkeling in Bermuda: Church Bay, Snorkel Park, Admiralty

awesome! good spot on the octopus, those guys aren't rare but are very difficult to spot. did you get any pictures?

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2. Re: Snorkeling in Bermuda: Church Bay, Snorkel Park, Admiralty

Thanks for your report, sounds as though your time in Bermuda and on the cruise was a great success.

If you think that you would enjoy a longer stay perhaps consider renting, much cheaper than hotels. www.bermudarentals.com and www.bermudagetaway.com There is a houseboat for rent in the Dockyard through bermudarentals which looks interesting.

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3. Re: Snorkeling in Bermuda: Church Bay, Snorkel Park, Admiralty

Admiralty House Park is a great north shore spot...a natural '..pool..' that's great for small children. Did you happen to wander down into the '..caves..' (excavated power magazine & gun emplacement) along the north shore ??...and did you resist the urge to climb the cliff and jump off into the ocean with the neighborhood kids ??

I suppose what keeps this lovely little spot pretty much a '..neighborhood park..' is that it can be a little inconvenient to get to/from via #4 bus route. During the week, the little beach there will usually have groups of young children from neighborhood day care centers. In the late-afternoon/ early-evenings, it comes alive with neighborhood families stopping down for a swim after work. Unfortunately, later at night, it ain't nearly as '..nice..'. On warm, summer Sundays, the park fills up with neighborhood families & friends, burning up more charcoal on their grills in an afternoon than takes to heat an Inuit village for a month. It's a great little spot.

Edited: 04 July 2012, 22:16
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4. Re: Snorkeling in Bermuda: Church Bay, Snorkel Park, Admiralty

Yes, but not yet developed (an underwater film camera, how quaint).

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5. Re: Snorkeling in Bermuda: Church Bay, Snorkel Park, Admiralty

Admiralty House Park , is this down at the bottom of a hill? I think I snorkeled, here on advice.

I also like Spanish Bay, which has good snorkeling, and not crowded. It the above is where I think it is, you get to both on the same bus.

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