Behind the Royal Navel Dockyard on Bermuda, the Snorkel Park Beach has protected lagoons ideal for snorkeling families. There are marked snorkeling trails in the Snorkel Park along the coral reef and by the sunk sloop, Seahorse.
During a snorkeling dive at the Snorkel Park, you will most likely hear the parrotfish chomping away while feeding on the coral reef, and may see angelfish, grunts, parrotfish, doctorfish, blue tangs, gray snappers and a myriad of wrasse. If you are lucky, you might even spot a stingray. There are also several historic cannons on the seafloor dating from the 1500's.
The Snorkel Park is located 3.5 miles northwest of Hamilton at the Royal Navy dockyard near the cruise ship docks. In light of it's proximity, the Snorkel Park can be very crowded, so make sure to check the cruise schedule and arrive very early.
The snorkeling on Bermuda is best from May through October when the water is calmest and at its warmest, which is not saying much since its always alittle cold. In other months, the water can be in the mid-60F which means you will need a wet suit, and it can be rough. Some of the best snorkeling dive sites are only accessible by boat. While you can rent a boat, if you are not familiar with the waters around Bermuda, you may want to stay in the sounds, bays and harbors, such as Castle Harbour and Harrington Sound. By the way, there is a quicker way to get around the hook-shaped island of Bermuda -- try checking out the Sea Express ferry service with its hub at the Hamilton Ferry Terminal (schedule at 295-4506).
To reach the snorkeling on Bermuda by air, you'll have to use the non-centrally located international aiport, LF Wade International Airport (BDA), on St Davids Island which is located on the far northeast side of Bermuda. The most popular way to get around the island is by renting a scooter.
After a long day of snorkeling, make sure to check out either Mickey's Beach Bar or Ocean Grill at Pompano Beach Club.
Overall, Snorkel Park Beach is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 10 snorkeling dives in Bermuda.