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Interesting BAMZ Tours Available To The Public

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Interesting BAMZ Tours Available To The Public

For any who may not be aware of them....the BERMUDA AQUARIUM & ZOO (BAMZ)-- https://bamz.org/ --offers several interesting escorted '..seasonal..' (April-thru-October) tours and excursions (that might be considered '..off-the-beaten-track..') to the public, which provide very knowledgeable information and insights that may not be found through other agencies:

--HARRINGTON SOUND COASTAL CRUISE

Cost: NON Members: $40 Per Person

Cost: BZS Members: $35 Per Person

Duration: 1.25 Hours

Operates: March - October

Harrington sound is unique in all the world and rich in beauty, history and culture; Join expert local guides for an evening cocktail cruise aboard 'Callista'

--BZS (Bermuda Zoological Society) GLOW WORM CRUISE

Cost: NON Members: $50 Per Person

Cost: BZS Members: $40 Per Person

Duration: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Operates: May 31st | June 30th | July 1st | July 29th | July 30th | August 28th | August 29th

Be mezmorized by the natural phenomenon of GLOW WORMS! These amazing creatures engage in a truly spectacular courtship ritual that must be seen to be believed!

--BZS WHALE WATCHING CRUISE

Cost: $95 Per Adult, $75 Per Child

Duration: 6 Hours

Operates: March 10th - April 30th

Departs From: Flatt's

Vessel Used: 'Endurance' - 45Ft Custom Motor Boat

BZS Members eligible for discounted prices. $70 Adult, $50 Child

Observe the incredible Humpback Whales on their migration past Bermuda!

--NORTH ROCK SNORKELING ADVENTURE

Cost: Non-Members: $60 Per Person

Cost: BZS-Members: $50 Per Person

Duration: 3 Hours 30 Minutes

Operates: June - September; Select Saturdays

Don't miss out on this unforgettable snorkeling experience to one of the Northern-most rim-reef in the world - North Rock. Get an up-close look at ancient coral formations that cover the ocean floor!

See the BAMZ web site for more details and specifics on these interesting tour/excursion offerings...when... how much...and how to BOOK them directly--

https://bamz.resqwest.com/web/

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1. Re: Interesting BAMZ Tours Available To The Public

Thanks KDKSAIL. I wish I had known about those before I reserved with other operators. Oh well, Maybe next time😄

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2. Re: Interesting BAMZ Tours Available To The Public

The snorkeling excursion out to to North Rock looks interesting. I don't think that there are any commercial snorkeling tour operations that go out to this section of reef (??) and might be an interesting alternative (??).

The inland Harrington Sound is also an interesting area to explore.

Edited: 01 August 2018, 22:29
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During decades past, the Harrington Sound area figured larger in Bermuda's tourism portfolio. At sometime, there were two hotels facing onto or overlooking the Sound--Palmetto Bay Hotel and Deepdeen Manor (now both condo redevelopments). There was a marina near the Flatts inlet that rented boats as well as offering water skiing and sight seeing tours on the Sound.

Over the past couple of decades, the '..neighborhood..' has undergone a major 'boom' with older, stately homes bought up and extensively and expensively renovated.

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Thanks for the info KDKSAIL! Even after many, many visits to beautiful Bermuda, I did not know about these adventures! We're thinking about North Rock snorkeling for our visit next week!

Edited: 02 August 2018, 23:39
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Many years ago, a Bermudian acquaintance took us out to the North Rock area in his boat to snorkel...but sadly, memory is porous and all I recall of it with any clarity is a very pleasant afternoon's outing. I'm not sure whether it was due to the state of the tide when we visited the area or the location itself...but my recollection is of very shallow water 'round the beacon with extensive coral formations and portions of wrecks only a few feet deep...teeming with fish and marine life. We hardly needed masks or snorkels for a close-up view.

These might give you a better sense of the area--

bermudaaerialography.com/north-rock-1/4px4pu…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx_ZzCnMQV8

Philadephia
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KDKSAIL, thank you again. I booked the trip! I also watched the video and looked at the picture links - thanks for those too! This reef looks amazing! So much live coral to see! We've snorkled some really great places, but never BDA. We've always scheduled our trips in May (Longtails and Bermudianas) and October for tooling around to the Forts and generalized revisiting of all of our favourite places. This will be the first time that we are coming in the Summer. Been coming since '96 and see/discover/learn something new everytime!

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>>>...see/discover/learn something new everytime...<<<

In addition to so many wonderful '..old friends..' to revisit and reexperience...Bermuda usually has something new to try for each visit. I knew about the Whale Watching and Glow Worm excursions and I'm pretty sure that last year the Harrington Sound excursion was a new addition...but I'd never heard of the North Rock snorkeling excursion.

Something else you might want to try if you're in downtown Hamilton is the AFTERNOON-TEA-FOR-TWO ($25) service (from approx. noon-til-3 PM) that they do at the SOMERS EXPRESS CAFÉ-- https://www.facebook.com/SomersCafeExpress/ --up on the 2nd floor/front of the main A.S. Cooper's store, along Front Street...with wonderful Hamilton Harbour views from the outdoor balcony. We saw it last year but didn't get 'round to trying it. We enjoyed it so much during our last visit that we went back twice. http://tinyurl.com/y8tyecep .... http://tinyurl.com/ydehu5ow

Philadephia
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KDKSAIL, I didn't know about the glow worms either. I saw that in another post. Unfortunately, we won't be there to partake in that phenomenon. We have done the bio-bay in Puerto Rico. I assume that it may be something similar, sans the mosquito ridden paddling through the mangrove swamps in total darkness. I have taken tea in London and in Amersham outside of London. I have read your advice about the best prepared foods. We're staying in and around Harrington Hundreds area this time (as we did last) and there's 2 fairly decent grocery stores nearby, so a picnic is a definite possibility.

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