At the western end of Southampton parish and next to the parish of Sandy, the West Whale Bay Beach takes is name from the time when the whaling industry was strong in Bermuda.
The shallow waters of the nearby south shores was the ideal site for whalers to cut the mammals they caught. They also used to launch their boats from the bay.
Whaling isn’t in practice any more on the Island and the beach is also named after the humpbacks whales passing about during their migration from the Caribbean, in March, April and May. The beach is one of the best places in Bermuda to spot whales.
You also get an excellent view from the cliffs and hills that surround the shore. The grassy area of the West Whale Bay Park gives a good vantage point as well as providing a comfortable space for picnics especially since it has some facilities. The bay is accessible by taxi or scooter and is located off Middle Road at the end of Whale Bay Road.
West Whale Bay Beach is also considered by locals as one of the best fishing shores. You can catch many types of fish including bonefish, grey snapper, pompano and even great barracuda.
The beach has pink sand as well as quiet and shallow waters, so it is a great place for children. When you plan to visit the beach, make sure that you check the tidal times, because at high tide West Whale is completely covered by the ocean. You can get all necessary information from the Bermuda Weather Service.
If the tide is in, don’t leave straight away, because there is always something to do in the area, whether admiring the amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean from the grassy hill or exploring the remains of a small fort nearby, the Whale Bay Fort and Battery. It was built in the mid 1700’s at the time when Bermuda was protecting its coastline and just before the American Revolutionary War.
The original semi circular fort no longer stands but you can explore the massive walls and barracks, as well as the underground magazine rooms. 4.5 inch calibre guns were defending the Hogfish Cut, a channel that was providing access to land close from the Royal Naval Dockyard.
The beach and the park face west and are, therefore, perfect locations for sunsets views. The grassy hills also are popular with campers, especially during the summer. Snorkelling is great here too because of the close coral reefs and the shallow water at low tide.
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