Charter this boat and captain and you will be taken to snorkel over shipwrecks on your own private charter. The snorkeling trips are dependent on good weather, and if the weather is too rough on your charter day, an alternative snorkeling trip on the coral reef can be planned.
All snorkel gear and clear instructions are included in the price of the tour. An underwater camera can be borrowed for free, but you will need to use your memory card in it. Memory cards can be purchased on the boat.
– Shipwrecks Snorkeling –
– Snorkel the Famous North Rock Reef –
– Day Cruise Touring the Island –
The shipwrecks and coral reef you have the opportunity of snorkeling are:
North Rock: North Rock has to be one of the most beautiful areas to snorkel in Bermuda. It is so beautiful that the Bermuda Aquarium has dedicated their largest exhibit to this amazing local habitat. The reef rises close to a few feet from the surface from the pink, sandy bottom 30 feet at the bottom. There will be a variety of reef fish and coral species to admire on your snorkel trip.
The Darlington – This English ship measured 285′ in length and was traveling from New Orleans to Germany. Without a lookout while sailing through Bermuda waters, they hit the reef on February 22, 1886. It lies in 15-20′ of water of crystal clear water with her steam boilers, propeller shaft, and deck winches still visible on the ocean floor.
The Pelanion – This steam powered freighter wrecked into Bermuda’s reefs on January 16, 1939. It was entering Bermuda’s narrow cut to refuel, but the captain miscalculated his position and hit the reef. The bow and midsection of the wreck lays in 10-30 feet with the stern sitting 60 feet on the bottom. Parts of the wreck are great for snorkelers and the intact boilers and steam engine lay dormant on the floor, visible to snorkelers.
Montana – The shipwreck the Montana lies in the area of Western Blue Cut. This area is one of the most beautiful areas to snorkel and the wrecks lie in about 30 feet of water. The shipwreck’s boiler nearly reaches the surface about 5 feet below at low tide, and its paddle wheels are still visible to snorkelers. It was December 30, 1863 when she hit Bermuda’s reef and sank off our shores. It was built in Glasgow, Scotland and made frequent journeys between England, Bermuda, and North Carolina. The captain made a poor judgment call to attempt to enter Bermuda through the west, and ended up tearing a 10 foot hole in the side though. Now it remains a great habitat for coral reef and reef fish.
Constellation – This beautiful sailboat was once a 4 masted wooden schooner 192′ in length. It is right near to the wreck of the Montana above and was a cargo ship heading to Venezuela from New York in July 1943. As it was taking on water during it’s journey, it decided to stop in Bermuda for repairs. It was while the schooner was waiting for a local pilot to arrive to guide it through the treacherous coral reef that it actually ran itself aground around. It is now in 15-25′ of water and while much of the ship has been claimed by the sea and dispersed, what remains are its cargo of cement bags, stacked and hardened on the sea floor, along with panels of glass, slate, and the various iron fittings.