Once in Bermuda, whether it be for work or vacations, one of the must-do activities is to explore the amazing reefs that surround the island.
One of the best ways to do so is without doubts to take a tour on the BERMUDA Reef Explorer, Hamilton. It is Bermuda’s largest glass-bottom boat with a length of 70 feet and and a beam of 20 feet.
Owned by Captain Michael Gladwin who bought it from Bermuda Island Cruises and has over 25 years of marine experience, the boat can hold up to 150 passengers in two large open deck and a lower deck where you will find the glass-bottom. Since she was given a major refit in 2007, the Reef Explorer has a new dive platform at the rear.
There are different cruises available, from a glass-bottom tour to a snorkel adventure, a fun tour of Bermuda and a pirate party adventure.
If you ever wanted to discover what lays beneath the ocean surface without getting wet, then the glass-bottom adventure is definitely for you. The two-hour tour takes you Turtle Cove to see Atlantic Green Turtles living on the sand flats. As the boat dwells above them, you can observe them by the glass-bottom as well as seeing them really close when they surface next to it.
On the way, you will stop by the Vixen, a nearly-submerged shipwreck where you can feed hundreds of fish. One arrived to destination, the lower floor hatches are removed to reveal the glass-bottom and the wonderful and coloured coral reefs and many species of fish.
During the whole trip, Captain Michael Gladwin will share with you his knowledge and provide you with commentaries and many interesting facts about Bermuda. The Captain is for many passengers the plus of the Reef Explorer tours.
On Trip Advisor, reviewers say of the tour that it is
“A must-do in Bermuda for all ages- great crew”, The captain was very pleasant, informative and well suited to the job, Captain Mike was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining (I doubt this man could be stumped!), and his staff were really friendly and helpful.
The Snorkel Adventure follows the same itinerary as the glass-bottom tour but gives you an extra hour to explore the ocean by yourself with the snorkelling equipment from the Reef Explorer or to go for a wander on one of their kayaks.
On the Aquarium Snorkel and Fun Tour (3.5 hours) you will discover the north shore of the island, stop at Flatts Village for a visit of the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo, and to a shallow bay for a swim.
For something different, try the Pirate Party adventure, a night time cruise of 90 minutes to the Pirates Point where ships were lured and looted. Sub-sea lights under the boat will allow you to see what the marine life is up to at night through the glass-bottom.
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