There’s something unique about diving wrecks. Sure, navigating coral reefs and swimming amongst colourful schools of fish is fine for a while but the novelty soon wears off. Wrecks on the other hand are a visual reminder of the fragile relationship between man and nature and the battles that have raged between them. Welcome to Bermuda; the undisputed world heavyweight champion of wreck diving.
It’s somewhat ironic that many visit to dive Bermuda’s wrecks. The island was first colonised as a result of Sir George Somers’ ill-fated Sea Venture floundering on the reefs in 1609. Since then more than 400 vessels have made Bermuda their final port of call. Many serve as physical reminders of the island’s history; the Montana and the Marie Celeste were Confederate blockade runners during the US Civil War. The island owes much of its early prosperity to its trade in munitions with the desperate South. Others have inspired; the Constellation was the basis of Peter Benchley’s novel The Deep. Most are in shallow waters and easily accessible.
Bermuda’s reefs are the northernmost in the Atlantic. Warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream the ocean life is surprisingly similar to that in the Caribbean. The water also boasts excellent visibility; up to 200 ft in winter and around 100 ft in summer. Water temperatures in winter average around 68 F and 81 F in summer. However, those who can stand the cooler winter temperatures will benefit from substantial discounts on hotels.
Visitors who want an underwater experience but can’t dive (or even swim) may wish to try helmet diving.
Dive operations in Bermuda include:
Concession at the Elbow Beach hotel. Offers shore dives, kayak rentals and more.
Bermuda's oldest diving centre. Offers wreck dives, tuition and more.
Diving centre at the Fairmont Southampton resort.
Company offering a wide range of activities including diving, snorkelling tours, kayak tours, bike tours, whale watching, private boat charters and more.
Dive centre at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort.
PADI dive centre at the Rosewood Tucker’s Point hotel. Offers scuba diving, boat rentals, kayaks, and snorkel gear.