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Why Bermuda is back on the map for superyachts

20 April 2022• Written by Sophia Wilson for Bermuda Tourism Authority

Bermuda has welcomed seafarers for centuries, and with new charter permits now in place and a packed calendar, there is plenty to tempt superyachts back.

With pink sand beaches, turquoise waters and lashings of rum, Bermuda has the credentials to be the perfect superyacht destination. Prohibitive restrictions have put off some visitors in the past, but with a new agreement in place making it possible for yachts over 24 metres to receive charter and cruising permits, the island is primed to be rediscovered by the superyacht fleet.

Bermuda may only be just over 50 square kilometres in size, but there is plenty to keep visiting yachts entertained, both above and below the water. The island nation is famed for its shipwrecks and there are more than 300 to explore. Captain William Evans, of 46.7-metre Focus, believes it is one of the world’s best diving destinations. “You can’t do much better than playing around the shipwreck capital of the Atlantic with all its shallow water dives and crystal-clear waters,” he says.

In March and April there is a further spectacle on offer as humpback whales make their annual pilgrimage through Bermuda’s waters. Visiting by yacht provides the perfect opportunity to see these majestic creatures up close. The island has a strong emphasis on protecting its marine environment and Bermuda’s Living Reefs Foundation has now partnered with the Rosewood Bermuda to give visitors a hands-on experience planting coral.

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Bermuda may be better known by older visitors but there are adrenalin-fuelled activities to keep all ages entertained. The fast-paced Sail Grand Prix, which brings together the world’s leading sailors including Sir Ben Ainslie and Jimmy Spithill, will return to Bermuda’s shores on 14 and 15 May. Anyone looking for some action of their own can try their hand at deepwater rock climbing at the Admiralty House Park, kiteboarding in the consistent winds or hiking the 29-kilometre Bermuda Railway Trail National Park.

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Following the Covid-19 pandemic, Bermuda is now keen to welcome back the yachting community and show what it has to offer. “Our hotels and local businesses are open, with the Bermudian hospitality for which we are known,” says Charles H Jeffers II, CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “There’s never been a better time to visit.”

New COVID-19 protocols are now in place in Bermuda, streamlining the process for vaccinated travellers visiting the island by land or sea. The new guidelines will require all visitors to show proof of current vaccination status and a negative test result (either antigen or PCR) within two days of arriving on the island. No further tests will be required once in Bermuda.

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