*Photos by Leah Furbert
Leaving Dockyard: You'll learn about the area's history on the
As the glass bottom boat floated away from the dock, I was kind
I was on the Bermuda Triangle Night Tour, after all. People
disappear in the Triangle all the time, right?
Then Captain Paul Fox announced they had free rum swizzles and I
forgot to be worried.
You might expect a night-time boat tour to be educational. You'd
expect it to be beautiful. But the absolute best surprise on
Fantasea's tour is that it's funny. Like belly-achingly funny.
Captain Paul Fox and Seabiscuit (yes, that's his name), had the
entire tour group rolling with laughter with their jokes about both
Bermuda and the tourists that come to visit us.
We left Dockyard at 8pm, just in time to watch the sun set over
the Clock Tower Mall. The water was calm, a sea breeze was blowing
and the promise of free swizzles hung in the air.
Captain Fox explained a bit about the history of Dockyard as we
headed out to Mangrove Bay. Dockyard was built by the British to
"keep an eye on the Americans" he explained, "before we turned it
into a shopping centre". He told us how Dockyard was one of the
most difficult naval bases to be on, because it was between America
But history wasn't the only thing the Captain schooled us on.
"Why is Bermuda so pricey?" he asked. One tourist had the right
answer: because everything's imported.
"You're right," Fox quipped. "Bermuda only makes two things, rum
and people - usually in that order!"
A word of advice if you're planning to take this tour,
especially early in the year. Bring a jacket, because it can get
cold out on the water. Oh, and when you get on the boat, never,
never ask where the glass bottom is. If the word 'bottom'
doesn't clue you in, you probably don't deserve to be on the
After a drive under Bermuda's biggest bridge, we arrived at our
viewing site. It didn't look like much from above - some old piece
of ship sticking up, lots of water. But then we traipsed downstairs
where the ocean floor was lit up like Christmas.
Seabiscuit took over as narrator while Captain Fox stayed
upstairs to steer us over the best parts of the sea floor.
He explained the names of a few of the corals we were seeing,
one shaped like a brain, another purple fan-shaped coral and
another which looked like "dreadlocks". I won't give away their
names in case you take the tour, but let's just say whoever's in
charge of naming coral has a bad case of stating the obvious.
They shone really bright
lights on the sea floor.
And did you know that the beautiful pink sand that covers our
beaches looks that way cause it has passed through the digestive
system of a parrotfish? Yeah. Think about that next time you run
your toes through the sand.
The fish under the glass seemed just as interested in us as we
were in them - I swear I had a little connection with a snapper as
we made eye contact through the glass. Then he swam away.
The fish watched us while we
Seabiscuit was full of information about all of Bermuda's ocean
life, but honestly I was too distracted by the beauty beneath us to
remember everything. You'll have to take the tour to get all the
The swizzles came out after we finished looking at the fish -
they didn't want any drunk people falling onto the glass - and we
took a slow cruise back into Dockyard.
The boat stops near the
So just in case I didn't already make it clear, this boat tour
has everything - education, comedy, amazing views and… free
swizzles. It's a great way to spend a summer evening.