Diving Overview for Bermuda
Diving in Bermuda is vast with over 300 wrecks to explore and 200 square miles of reef. Most of these sites sit in clear shallow waters making for long bottom times to really discover the colourful marine life and historical past of these islands.
Bermuda has the world's most northerly coral reef which remains in excellent condition and offers gentle slopes with lots of tunnels and swim-throughs, large anemones and various hard and soft corals.
The world famous wreck of the Mary Celeste (225 ft) sunk in 1864 sits in only 17m of water and is a popular attraction on the island. The Mary Celeste was a paddlewheel steamer used to smuggle guns and other supplies to the South during America's Civil War.
Most Caribbean fish species can be found in Bermuda especially since the 1990s ban on indiscriminate pot fishing. The marine environment is all protected by the local government to encourage natural sustainability on the reef -there is no hand-feeding in Bermuda! The only 2 artificial reefs in these waters are the popular Hermes and Xing Da wrecks.
Local Bermuda laws prohibit recreational diving beyond 50m although just about all underwater attractions sit in much shallower water than this.
The summer months in Bermuda (June - September) offer the warmest weather, visibility in generally clearer in winter (May - October) but the water temperature can drop to 18 C so a 5-7mm wetsuit is generally required.
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