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For snorkelers around the world, Bermuda is one of the best, if not the best destination. For the locals, Church Bay Beach, in the parish of Southampton, is the best place in Bermuda according to many!
The main reason is that here, the reefs are very close to the shore, sometimes as close as 50 meters.
It is a rocky area as much on the beach than in the sea where stands a rock locally known as the Poodle Rock. Overall, there are amazing cup reefs and boiler reefs to be found in the waters of Church Bay Beach but it isn’t a place for the coral reefs of Bermuda. However, the numerous nooks and crannies of the bay make for a very interesting snorkelling indeed.
For most of the time, the water in the bay is very calm due to the protection offered by the reefs against the movement of the ocean. This can change during adverse weather and it is always a good idea to ask about it to the locals. The combination of the barrier formed by the reefs and the shallow areas results in some kind of natural aquariums rich in marine life and colourful fish.
Located in Church Bay Park and off South Road, Church Bay Beach is easily accessible by the number 7 bus (about 15 minutes from King’s Wharf) which stops at a car park at the top of the beach. A steep path takes you straight to the beach from there. Of course – you can’t beat a scooter rental hire from Elbow Beach Cycles to give you the full freedom to explore the beach and surrounding area!
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