Bermudian whalers used to launch their boats from this bay. If you are here in the spring you may be lucky enough to see humpback whales, migrating from the Caribbean to their summer feeding grounds.
The beach at West Whale Bay is set below a rocky cliff. It’s one of the smallest beaches in Bermuda, but its calm and shallow waters make it an ideal place to bring children. The beach tends to disappear during high tides, so pick up a copy of the Royal Gazette newspaper to check the times. Even if the tide is in, you can still explore the nearby fortifications or relax in the park.
West Whale Bay Fort dates back to the 18th century but little remains today. West Whale Bay Battery was built at the end of the 19th century and is more substantial. Visitors can explore the gun emplacements, ammunition stores, barracks, and defences. There are great views of the turquoise waters and the adjoining golf course.
The park is set behind the beach and is a large grassy area with a few picnic tables. The view of the water from here is simply stunning. It faces west and is the perfect location to enjoy fantastic ocean sunsets.
West Whale Bay is located in Southampton Parish at the end of Whale Bay Road, off Middle Road. There’s a parking lot next to the park with public restrooms. Buses 7 and 8 travel along Middle Road between Hamilton and Dockyard, but bear in mind its over half a mile walk from the bus stop to the park and beach.
There are no concessions or vendors here. If you need to buy provisions for a picnic the closest supermarkets are the MarketPlace stores at Somerset (on the way from Dockyard) and Heron Bay (on the way from Hamilton).
Locals rate West Whale Bay as one of the best places in Bermuda for shore fishing. Potential catches include bonefish, pompano, grey snapper and great barracuda.