Ask any local which is the best place for snorkelling in Bermuda and they’ll inevitably say Church Bay. The reef is relatively close to the shore and provides shelter from the waves. Parrotfish and other colourful fish gather here meaning that snorkelling feels like swimming in a natural aquarium.
The beach itself is small and a little rocky. It’s not the best place for sunbathing but most people come here to snorkel. In the summer months there’s a concession stand that rents masks and snorkels, fins, lifejackets, chairs, umbrellas etc. If it’s not manned you should leave the money in the honesty box.
Church Bay Park lies above the beach and is a great place to stop and relax. As well as breath-taking views of the ocean it also boasts picnic tables and restrooms. A steep path leads down to the beach.
Church Bay is located in Southampton Parish, just off South Road and to the west of The Reefs hotel. Bus number 7 runs between Hamilton and Dockyard (Heritage Wharf and Kings Wharf) and stops near the entrance to the beach. There’s a free parking lot for scooters and cars.