Bermuda is a tiny island famous for its namesake shorts, colorful houses and legendary pink sand beaches. And while you might be tempted to spend your entire time in Bermuda lounging on those pastel-hued sands while sipping a Dark ‘n Stormy, the island’s signature rum drink, you’d end up missing some very unique and interesting attractions.
If you’re ready to check out some of the lesser known, but fascinating aspects of this tiny nation, these ideas will get you started when your Norwegian Cruise docks.
You’ve probably heard of the Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle. Numerous planes and ships have reportedly vanished in this mysterious region that is located roughly between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Miami, Florida.
If you’ve always wanted to know more about this legendary area, check out the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI), which features an intriguing exhibit about the Bermuda Triangle. BUEI also has many other exhibits, including ones on underwater exploration, shipwrecks and seashells. And because BUEI has numerous interactive and hands-on exhibits, this is a fun stop for your little ones, as well.
Trash can be surprisingly beautiful. Take Sea Glass and Black Bay Beach, both of which are located just a few minutes by bus from the Royal Naval Dockyard. These two beaches are strewn with pieces of sea glass, which are actually just pieces of manmade glass that have been tumbled and polished by the ocean into small jewel-like creations.
The most common colors of sea glass are green, clear, white and brown. The rarest colors are orange and bright red. Sea Glass and Black Bay Beach are located in Ireland Island South in Sandy’s Parish, which is just about a 20-minute walk from the Royal Naval Dockyard.
But since there are no sidewalks and the streets are narrow, walking to these beaches is not recommended. Instead, take a bus from Dockyard 7 or 8 and get off at the Royal Naval Cemetery. From there, it’s just a short walk to the beaches.
Do you enjoy hiking and exploring nature? Head to Walsingham Nature Reserve and Blue Hole Park for a day outdoors.
Known locally as Tom Moore’s Jungle, this beautiful area is located just about an hour from the Royal Naval Dockyard. A network of trails in this densely wooded reserve will take you to several interesting features, including a clear blue mangrove pond, which gives the park one of its names.
There are two points over the Blue Hole — as this pond is known — where adrenaline seekers can attempt cliff diving. For a lower key option, explore caves in the area and on hot days find some little holes for swimming. This park is a great escape from some of the more touristy spots in Bermuda and also a lovely way to enjoy the island’s natural side. To get the most out of this reserve, make sure to pack your swimsuits, bring water and — if you have them — wear shoes that are good for both wet and dry conditions.
If you want to get a better look at Bermuda’s beautiful fish without snorkeling, consider Daniel’s Head Park & Beach, which is located just a short taxi, scooter or bus ride away from the Royal Naval Dockyard. If you’d prefer to go on foot, it’s about a 20-minute walk.
The beach here is less touristy than Horseshoe Beach, and the water is clear and calm, making it perfect for swimming or kayaking. At least two operators — SurfSup Bermuda and Crystal Clear Kayaks — rent various water toys, including glass-bottomed kayaks and sea sleds to enjoy viewing the fish and sea turtles without having to snorkel.
You could also try something a different by renting windsurfers and stand-up paddleboards.
If you’re searching for unique souvenirs, head to the Bermuda Craft Market, which is located in the Royal Naval Dockyard. This small craft market features handicrafts from approximately 60 local artisans as well as culinary treats, including island fudge and Bermuda ginger beer.
As you stroll through this craft market, you’ll also be able to watch some of the artisans at work, which makes your tokens even more memorable as you know they support the local market.