Ten ways to Enjoy the Ocean Off-Season in Bermuda

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by Brigitta Wohlmuth

While we patiently wait for the return of summer there are still plenty ways to enjoy the water during these chilly months

1.Visit the Aquarium

Sure, it’s the obvious option but it’s far from the ordinary. The Aquarium is one of our most exiting attractions – even those who’ve visited countless times in their lifespan will agree that it never gets boring. As soon as you enter the building you feel like you’re in a giant submarine with friendly fish pressing their noses to the glass to say “hello.” The spectacular 140,000 gallon North Rock Exhibit holds live corals, housing more than 200 species of fish including sharks and delicate marine invertebrates. bamz.org

2. Go Scuba Diving

There’s much to see under the sea – and in a thermal wetsuit the temperature shouldn’t affect you one degree! If you hold a diving certificate then make the most of it this January! Explore our shipwrecks and beautiful coral reefs or even see the ocean come to life at night with any one of the five-star rated courses from Blue Water Divers. As Bermuda’s longest established dive center, they offer amazing underwater experiences, earning them raving reviews on TripAdvisor. (Don’t have your PADI certification? No worries,  start with their beginner’s program.) divebermuda.com

3. Book a Deep-Sea Fishing Charter

Get reeled into one of the greatest sports this island has to offer. Where the turquoise ends and the ocean turns indigo you can catch monster fish such as marlins, wahoos, tunas and mako sharks! Forget your fishing trips at the lake there is nothing comporable to the open Atlantic, so don’t pass on this unique opportunity! Contact Overproof Fishing for the experience of a lifetime, they will gladly take you aboard their 41 foot Custom Carolina boat to show you what enjoying the ocean is really all about. overprooffishing.com

4. Yoga On the Beach

Let the waves be your soundtrack, guiding you to tranquility and inner peace while you practice your asanas on our beautiful pink sand. If you’re an experienced yogi of course you can do this solo, but you might be interested in joining a guided class. At sunrise or sunset, join Kinetix Yoga on Chaplin Bay. gokinetix.com

5. Explore the Deep Blue at the BUEI

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is a great alternative to the beach in winter. There you can dive 12,000 feet below the surface in a simulated deep sea submersible and live to tell the tale of being attacked by a giant squid and hungry sharks!This modern building was designed to amaze, exite and inform visitor’s about the deep blue – and you don’t even have to get wet! Other highlights include the Jack Lightbourn Shell collection, and the shipwreck artifacts discovered by the Bermudian diver and explorer Teddy Tucker. buei.bm

6. Take a Sailing Lesson

This time of year the wind conditions are ideal for sailing, so take advantage while you’re here and check out H20 Sports.  They offer the largest variety of Sail Boats available for rent in Bermuda and their experienced staff will be happy to give you a brief tutorial on the basics of sailing or you can sign up for a private lesson. If you have ever had an interest in sailing before, here is your chance! You might be surprised by what a breeze it is. h2osportsbermuda.com

7. Take a Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

Scan the sea as you cruise over coral reefs and kelp forests in a boat with a see-through bottom. It’s a great way to watch fish swimming freely in their natural habitat and you don’t need a mask, flippers or snorkel! A glass bottom boat tour lets you explore the underwater-world while keeping you warm and dry. We recommend you visit Just Add Water, they have been rated 5 stars on Trip Advisor for their awesome tours. justaddwaterbda.com

8. Buy a Bottle

I know you can smell it.  The air is thick with the hypnotic, Bermuda Blue Fragrancesalty-sweet scent of the ocean – its aromatherapy at it’s best – one of the many perks of island life. Hence why visitors adore the smell of Bermuda Blue, a locally made eau-de-toilette that is inspired by our blue ocean and skies. It captures the natural citrus, and jasmine in the air with a hint of crisp sea spray. Buy a bottle at A.S. Cooper’s on Front Street and spritz yourself with this fresh fragrance to enjoy the ocean all year round, even when you’re miles away from the shore.

9. Be Captain for A Day

Why not rent a boat and explore the island at your own pace? Just imagine cruising along Bermuda’s crystal blue water in a 13ft Boston Waler,  the wheel in one hand your camera in the other, ready to capture all the beautiful sights and scenes. You might even see a passing sea turtle, or maybe a mermaid? You never know, but one thing is for certain, if it’s a nautical adventure you seek, you’re sure to find it at K.S. Watersports, Bermuda’s one-stop shop for fun on the water. kswatersports.com

10. Enjoy the View from Above

That magic moment before your flight lands and you see the island from the plane window can be re-lived and extended via BlueSkysFlights aerial tours.  See every shade of blue imaginable from their Cessna Skyhawk Aircraft, which lets you tour our beaches like the gulls in the sky! As you zip through the clouds the view will have you thinking that you died and went to heaven. blueskyflights.bm

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Ten ways to Enjoy the Ocean Off-Season in Bermuda