On the east end of the south shore of Bermuda, the snorkeling at John Smiths Bay is one of the more popular dive sites on Bermuda. It’s considered to be the best snorkeling on the West End. The usually calm John Smiths Bay has a shallow reef about 150 feet offshore which is home to grunts, goatfish, squirrelfish, parrotfish and sturgeon. There is little boat traffic and the water depth is about 20 feet deep.
The John Smiths Bay is located 2.1 miles south of Henrys Hill, and to the northeast of Watch Hill Park and Spittal Pond Nature Reserve.
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, John Smiths Bay is the 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 10 snorkeling dives in Bermuda.