The Bermuda Deep Sea Fishing Excursion itinerary was developed with the assistance of a tourism student of the University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine campus, as part of the Endless Caribbean internship programme.
Bermuda is more than just the place where Bermuda shorts originated. The history of this iconic piece of fashion is very intriguing and fits right in with the rest of the island’s history and culture.
Travellers to the island take advantage of the short flying time from the east coast, specifically North Carolina and New York. These are only a few of the reasons why Bermuda is one of the best luxurious getaways for big-game fishing enthusiasts.
If you search a world map, it may be difficult to spot Bermuda. This is because the island rests hundreds of miles above the chain of Caribbean islands, in the north of the Atlantic Ocean. This location results in a moderate climate that does not get too hot or cold. Bermuda is small, but it’s size and land make-up are the reasons why it’s one of the Caribbean’s wonders. At just 21 square miles (54 square kilometres), the island is made up of 181 islands, islets and rocks. Of these, eight are linked by structures that make up the island of Bermuda.
Bermuda was discovered by the Spanish in 1505 but was later colonized and settled by the English in 1612. The English heritage can be clearly seen in the three hubs for history and culture. The town of St. George, one of the first settlements on the island and in the region; the Royal Naval Dockyard, which was established in 1809; and the City of Hamilton, which was named after former governor, Sir Henry Hamilton. The architecture (including churches, shops and other buildings) is a visual representation of some of the heritage and traditions in Bermuda.
Because Bermuda still has its elegant British influences, these are charming characteristics that attract visitors from all over the world. In addition to the usual adventure seekers and romantics, deep-sea fishing enthusiasts are enthralled by an unforgettable experience on the ocean. One of the biggest advantages of deep-sea fishing in Bermuda is that it can be enjoyed year-round. Bermuda’s waters are home to several species of large fish including tuna, marlin and wahoo.
Day 1: Rosewood Bermuda
All flights to Bermuda land at the L.F. Wade International Airport. From there you will take a 15-minute ride to Rosewood Bermuda, which is in Hamilton Parish. This impressive resort is an island retreat that is known for its pink-sand beaches; relaxing golf experiences; and a welcoming atmosphere that exudes classic Bermudan charm.
The Ocean-View King Room is recommended for the luxury traveller. It’s spacious quarters average 600 square feet and provides clear and breath-taking views of Castle Harbour. The room features a king bed and has enough space for either a crib or a rollaway bed. There is a generous seating area that opens up to a large balcony. The spa-like bathroom, which also has views of the harbour, is a luxurious space that has dual vanities, a separate walk-in shower and bathtub. The accommodation also includes complimentary wireless Internet; a flat-screen television; an iPod/MP3 docking station; luxurious Rivolta Carmignani Italian bed linens; 100% cotton oversized bath linens and Aerin Lauder bath amenities.
After checking into the hotel at 3:00 p.m., you will transition to Tucker’s Bar where you will enjoy delectable finger foods and rum-inspired Caribbean cocktails. Then, you will explore the Bermuda Beach Club and the amenities available for guests. The club is dedicated to pleasure and leisure and provides access to the largest private beach in Bermuda. Additionally, there are two freshwater swimming pools. At 7:30 p.m., you can have dinner at The Island Brasserie (reservations are required), which is one of seven dining experiences at Rosewood Bermuda. The Island Brasserie is a modern steakhouse that is managed by Executive Chef Gerry Adams. Guests can choose to dine either indoors or outdoors at this relaxed and inviting restaurant setting.
Day 2: Sailing the High Seas
The best start to an early day is a delicious breakfast at The Island Brasserie. Breakfast is served daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The menu includes hot beverages like coffee, tea and warm milk; fruit smoothies and juices; bread and grains; and a variety of dairy and breakfast meats. There is also a traditional American breakfast which provides a great variety of options. After breakfast, you will head back to your room to pack your bag for your fishing trip.
Atlantic Spray Charters is owned and operated by Captain Sloan, a Bermuda native. He is extremely knowledgeable about boating and fishing and is a familiar face at deep sea fishing tournaments in Bermuda. A full day 8-hour charter trip will allow you to enjoy more time on the ocean. The boat departs from St. Georges and you can schedule the start time. This particular Bermuda deep sea fishing excursion takes you to the best reefs and fishing spots where barracuda; marlin; mahi-mahi; and amberjack are plentiful.
If you’re not too tired on your return to the resort, you can get refreshed for a quiet dinner. Remember to make your reservations to dine at the Beach Club Restaurant. The restaurant features internationally inspired seafood, with a sophisticated dining experience with a dramatic ocean view. The dinner menu carries a tasty selection of appetizers; a raw bar with various kinds of shellfish; savoury soups and salads; vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian inspired signature dishes; seasonal market specials and sides.
Day 3: Atlantic Ocean Adventure
A hearty breakfast at The Island Brasserie is the first item on the itinerary before you hit the water to try your hand at some tuna and marlin. You will embark on a nine-hour charter with Mako Charters. Captain Allen DeSilva was born and raised in Bermuda and has been enjoying the sea for all his life. The day he caught a Blue Marlin that weighed 1,352 pounds, was one of his prized moments. This 1995 record still stands today, and has the distinction of being the second largest Atlantic Blue Marlin ever caught. In addition, the Captain is an IGFA certified captain and is the local representative for the Billfish Foundation.
After your long day on the water, you can either retire to your room, wind down in the Clubhouse or have dinner at Sul Verde, where you can feast on authentic Italian dishes. The dinner menu has a wide selection of Italian appetisers; soups and salads; pasta and risotto; main courses; pizzas and desserts. Fine Italian wines and classic beverages are available at the Bar at Sul Verde. However, if you just want to sip on a cocktail or enjoy the best drinks in Bermuda, Tucker’s Bar is the place to be.
Day 4: The Half Day Hoorah
It’s your last day to make the most of your Bermuda deep sea fishing excursion. After a quick, but filling breakfast at The Island Brasserie, you will connect with the Early Bird Charters crew. It’s a family run business that has passed from generation, with the same level of professionalism and fun that repeat visitors love. The Half Day Fishing Charter is a different fishing experience. In this five hour tour, you will be partaking in inshore and reed fishing at the best fishing spots in Bermuda.
Back at the Rosewood Bermuda, you have enough time to enjoy the hotel’s amenities. The hotel has a spa which offers golfing at some of the Caribbean’s best championship courses; tennis; calming freshwater pools; and spectacular beaches. For your last night on the island, you can choose to dine at your favourite restaurant on the resort.
Day 5: Relax and Reminisce
As you prepare to go home, a treatment at the spa after breakfast is necessary. The treatment menu includes a variety of bespoke wellness concepts. Skincare treatments consist of nourishing and organic facials; well-being treatments are relaxing massages that incorporate aromatherapy and expert touch; and finishing touches such as manicures and pedicures. At 12:00 p.m., you will check out of the hotel and head to the L.F. Wade International Airport via hotel shuttle service.
Image Credit: The Bermuda Tourism Authority