Coral reefs teeming with marine life, labyrinthine underwater caves and inshore grottos, plus hundreds of shipwrecks – Bermuda conjures up a diver’s dreamscape.
Bermuda is renowned as the Shipwreck Capital of the Atlantic.
Sea captains of yore either missed or underestimated the danger posed by jagged coral reefs lurking just below the water’s surface, and many vessels – some tossed about by tremendous storms – met their doom close to Bermuda. But their bad luck is now a jackpot for today's divers who can explore a wide range of wrecks spanning three centuries.
Fewer than 40 of the 300-plus shipwrecks are named. Of these, there are at least a dozen standouts renowned for their interesting provenance, ease of access and visual appeal.
Although you can easily dive year-round, the best months for diving in Bermuda are May through October. The sea is the most tranquil at this time, and the water temperature is moderate. It averages 83°F (28°C) during this time and dips to about 62°F (17°C) between November to April.
Diving between November and April may be cooler but the pay off is often 200 feet of visibility.
Fly to Bermuda for the ultimate island experience. Many first-time visitors are surprised to learn that Bermuda is a 90-minute non-stop flight from NYC, less than a 3-hour flight from most U.S. East Coast travel hubs and a 7-hour flight from London.
Returning home is a breeze for U.S. visitors, as Bermuda has Global Entry and travelers clear U.S. Customs in Bermuda.
Several cruise lines travel to Bermuda from April-November If you're fortunate enough to chart your own course to Bermuda, you'll join a long tradition of sailors from around the world who have made the voyage and fallen in love with the island.