Southwest of Camden on the south shore of Bermuda, the snorkeling at Elbow Beach offers a nice reef close to shore. The main reef starts about 10 yards offshore and runs out to sea about a mile. The best snorkeling is offshore of the restaurant where you may encounter parrotfish, grunts, squirrelfish and damelfish above the rocky bottom encrusted with coral and sponges.
The Elbow Beach snorkeling dive site is located 1.5 miles south of Hamilton. There is a public beach parking area to the west of the resort. Start snorkeling from the public beach heading east. At the restaurant, there is good snorkeling just offshore for beginners.
For advanced snorkelers and strong swimmers, the wreck of the Pollockshields is located about 900 feet offshore. Start offshore of the Surf Club Restaurant and follow the gap in the coral reef heading out to sea. In light of the surge in this gap, make sure to head out only in calm water with low wind.
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, Elbow Beach is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 10 snorkeling dives in Bermuda.