In addition to a pronounced British flair, Bermuda has a distinct air of sophistication and order that set it aside from other island-vacation destinations. Where else can you dive Civil War wrecks and pristine reefs in the morning and take in a proper English tea in the afternoon? Bermuda has long been a haven for sun seekers, but over the centuries, hundreds of vessels have met tragic ends on its hazardous offshore reefs, which has made Bermuda a world-class wreck-diving destination. What makes Bermuda an easy escape? Its proximity to many East Coast gateways in the United States makes travel time brief, and the well-organized tourism infrastructure guarantees a professional and carefree vacation.
Blue Water Divers, on Bermuda's western end and in a prime location from which to visit the famous wrecks and most pristine reefs, is one of Bermuda's premier dive operations. A 5 Star Gold Palm IDC facility, Blue Water Divers operates out of Robinson's Marina in the Somerset area, with two-tank boat dives in the morning and one-tank dives in the afternoon. This dive operation works closely with several nearby accommodations including the Pompano Beach Club, Top Hat Guest House, Astwood Cove and Elbow Beach Resort, all between a five- and 30-minute drive from the marina. Shore diving is available from Blue Water Divers' sister facility at Elbow Beach Resort, where an extensive reef system and the wreck of the Pollockshields lay only 300 yards offshore. Even better, visit the sites on an underwater scooter dive. If you haven't already experienced diving with a diver-propulsion vehicle, you're in for a thrilling ride.
Topside attractions in Bermuda are more than abundant. It would take several trips to even put a dent in the long list of museums, gardens, aquariums, galleries and historical sites. Bermuda actually has more golf courses per square mile than any other country in the world. Dolphin encounters, horseback-riding tours on pink-sand beaches, sailing adventures, kayaking and mountain-bike tours also abound, so if active vacations are your thing, you'll find plenty to fill your days. Evenings offer an equally diverse choice of night life, from gourmet restaurants and chic bistros to casual English pubs. Music, art and film festivals occur on a regular basis, so check with the Department of Tourism if you want your trip to coincide with one of these special events.