Bermuda Reef Explorer
Bermuda Reef Explorer
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Bermuda's largest and most spacious custom built glass bottom boat offering 2 hour Glass Bottom and 3 hour Glass Bottom and Snorkel trips. Morning and Afternoon trips depart Hamilton Monday through Saturday.
Hamilton, Bermuda
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Travellers' Choice
2023

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MikeAndJosh
Cheshire, UK9 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We booked a glass bottom boat & snorkel adventure excursion through our cruise line (Disney). Captain Mike and his crew were fantastic - very friendly and helpful and put a smile on everyone’s faces.

We first stopped in some crystal clear, waist high water for snorkelling - snorkels were provided, and you could also use floats and paddle-boards which were provided - all free of charge! We loved exploring with the snorkels and seeing the fish and coral. We were also able to walk to some remote islands which were beautiful. The braver amongst us were also able to jump into the deeper water from the boat!

We then did the glass bottom tour where we saw some incredible coral reefs, fish, and a ship wreck! The commentary throughout the tour was fantastic - and we enjoyed some rum swizzles from the bar too!

Overall we had a fantastic time and would highly recommend this to anyone visiting.
Written 25 October 2023
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emmafaye2000
Crawley, UK3 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We booked a glass bottom boat and snorkelling trip on Saturday 19th August with Reef Explorer Bermuda. It was really easy as we were picked up in Hamilton, by the Ferry dock. The trip was for myself, my mum and 11 year old daughter.
Michael was the captain and his crew consisted of his brother and two younger crew members. They were all very friendly and helpful and made such an effort to tell us all about Bermuda and the sights we passed on the boat. It was really interesting!
We went over a wreck called the Vixen and stopped at a beautiful spot to snorkel! We had about an hour in the water and were given freshly sanitised masks/snorkels.. My daughter chose a life jacket and there were other floating aids. There were also paddle boards for those who wanted to use them. My mum is 74 and it was the first time she had snorkelled! The crew really helped to make her feel relaxed and she thoroughly enjoyed it! We all had the best time and I would highly recommend Reef Explorer!
They sold drinks and snacks on board and prices were very reasonable, not the usual Bermuda prices!
Would definitely re-book when we visit Bermuda again. Thank you Reef Explorer!
Written 7 September 2023
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NorthStar55859334287
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Excellent cruise. Michael, the captain, and his brother, the co-captain, were excellent hosts and provided a slew of information. The snorkeling was excellent and we could even use paddle boards. The boat (including the glass bottom) and all accoutrements were clean and in top top shape. I highly recommend for anyone visiting Bermuda.
Written 23 August 2023
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Navigator25451819519
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Family
We were passengers on the reef explorer with Captain Michael and his brother Ed. Captain Michael was thoroughly entertaining all the way out to the reef and he is a very skilled Captain. He is so engaging and has a wonderful way of imparting information. Ed serves as bartender and his real purpose and talent is describing and explaining the marine life on and around the reef as well as history of Bermuda. I highly recommend this particular glass bottom boat excursion. I believe it offers the best value and experience. Perfect trip for a family.
Written 30 June 2023
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Emily G
3 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
One of the true highlights of our trip! Captain Mike, his brother Eddie and niece Katlin are just fantastic. We learned so much about Bermuda and the reefs. The glass bottom boat provides a crystal clear view of what's below -- we saw a ship wreck, reefs and many fish. The snorkeling was a cherry on top! We'll definitely do this again when we return to Bermuda. Thank you! 5/5 stars!
Written 11 May 2023
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Paul R
South Hamilton, MA14 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This was the highlight of our trip . Captain Mike and his family were wonderful and made it a memorable experience. The island is beautiful and Captain Mike and his brother are a perfect team . Loved seeing the bountiful life in the ocean and the narration was really interesting and insightful . We became friends at the end which is how an experience like this should be . I will be back .
Written 6 May 2023
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Clausewitzhorse
New York City, NY184 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
This is a Bermuda MUST-DO! We had a top-notch trip with Captain Mike & crew. The boat is enormous, with ample glass bottom viewing area and two new 400+ hp engines- but it draws surprising little, so we got waaay into the shallows of the wreck & corals. I thought we’d scrape bottom but no, Captain Mike’s deep skill, professionalism & winning personality got us super close with no scrapes while Eddie narrated & explained all of the marine life & sights. Then, Richard & Richie outfitted all for snorkeling & gave excellent safety instruction, & we snorkeled a beautiful Bermuda reef in shallow water & explored a nearby deserted island. Topped off by Eddie’s mean rum Swizzle from the on-board bar! A great experience, highly recommended to all.
Written 18 April 2023
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CVH1963
Silver Spring, MD83 contributions
Sept 2022 • Couples
Captain Mike and his family provide a wonderful experience. As a native Bermudian, he is knowledgeable about the area and best places to snorkel. This was well worth it. Really wonderful experience. The entire crew is super friendly and helpful. We had a great time! Highly recommend.
Written 3 September 2022
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Traveling dad w kids
Boston, MA1 contribution
Aug 2022
Beware of attempting to book this activity over the phone via Island Tour Center. We booked over the phone via Island Tour Center (same day booking), and were told over the phone we were being booked on the August 18 Bermuda Reef Explorer which departed from Hamilton. We never received an email confirmation but proceeded based on that verbal guidance of the agent. Our credit card was charged and we showed up on time at the designated location (where there was no boat)... after emailing and calling Island Tour Center we learned that the Island Tour Center had actually booked us for Bermuda Shipwreck Snorkel which departed from a different location than they had cited over the phone (Royal Naval Dockyard). Because we didn't have the correct location we didn't make the tour, which they claim counts as a "no show" which makes us ineligible for refund.

To date they have refused to issue a refund, as they refuse to acknowledge they provided incorrect verbal information over the phone and never provided an email confirmation (resulting in us missing the tour which we were charged for).

I'm sure the tour itself is great but the Island Tour Center intermediaries led us to rate this terrible, as a warning to future vacationing families.
Written 22 August 2022
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Margaret S
2 contributions
Jul 2022
This was awesome!!! We saw beautiful reefs & the Vixen (a ship wreck) & Mike, the captain, was super entertaining and informative. He was easy going and fun and an expert driver. We were having a family reunion in Bermuda & he rented us the whole boat for a 2 hour tour. SO much fun having the boat to ourselves & considering how many of us there were, almost the same cost as going on a regular tour. This was particularly nice as it was a national holiday - so should have been his day off. Only tiny downside is that we fed the fish when we got to the reef & as a purist I might have skipped feeding them, then again, we saw *lots* of fish. I would say this is both a fantastic boat tour & a GREAT value. Thanks Capt. Mike!
Written 4 August 2022
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