Northeast of Camden on the north shore of Bermuda, the snorkeling at Shelly Bay is good for beginners and families especially on calm days. Since Shelly Bay becomes crowded on the weekends, it is recommended for snorkelers early on the weekdays.
For experienced snorkelers, you'll want to head out about 150 feet offshore to the reef where there is diverse marine life.
While snorkeling Shelly Bay, you may encounter parrotfish, peacock flounder and octopi. Keep in mind that the snorkeling is not good here on windy days.
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, Shelly Bay is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 10 snorkeling dives in Bermuda.