West Whale Bay beach is one of the many best beach in Bermuda. It’s smaller than those that are located in South Shore where bulk of tourists flocks. Its turquoise water sets a pleasant landscape, perfect for a fun summer dip.
West Whale Bay Park
Secluded at the western end of Southampton Parish, at the end of Whale Bay Road, there sits the West Whale Bay Park. The park serves as the entrance to the beach. It is a large grassy area where you can enjoy your picnics. It is also one of the best spot to view the stunning sunset because it faces right in the west. You can also pitch a tent on the wide open ground. However, tent camping in Bermuda is only allowed on Sunday leading to and until the Sunday after the annual Cup Match. This requires getting a permit from the government. Otherwise, if you are caught without permit, your tent will be confiscated.
Best Beach In Bermuda?
West Whale Bay is one of the best smaller beaches the island has to offer. Tourist will be greeted by a calm, scenic environment in the bay. Lined by rocky cliffs and pine trees, it is perfect for some dipping. If you are lucky enough, you might even find yourself alone.
The water in the beach is shallow and it is one of the best place for shore fishing. In the waters, just observe and you will see fry and fingerlings playing along the waves. Sometimes, you can also see barracuda’s and other big fishes swimming along.
High Tide or Low Tide
Before you go, it is best check on Bermuda Weather Service. The small patch of pinkish to dirty white sand tend to disappear during high tide. The beach is best enjoyed when the tide is low.
The beach was near Bermuda’s whaling grounds in the 18th Century, thus the name Whale Bay Beach. The practice of whaling is no longer done today, but during March and April, visitors can still revel on the wonders of migrating humpback whales. Bring your binoculars early in the morning or early in the evening to enjoy. You might be in for a spectacular show where the whales breach out of the water. If you would like a closer encounter with the whales, the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) offers whale watch tours during those amazing mammals’ migration season. Check on their website for tour schedules, fees and other details.
Whale Bay Fort and Battery
When the tide is high and you can’t access the beach, you can also do a short hike up on the trail from the park going to a century old fort and battery. Whale Bay is also a home of one of Bermuda’s historic military stations.
The battery was completed in 1876 as part of the ring of defenses protecting the Royal Naval Dockyard. It controls the entrance to Hog Fish Cut, a channel for small boats leading to the Dockyard.
The battery was first installed with three 9-inch RML canon. They were later replaced in 1897 by three 4.7-inch quick firing guns. After the first World War, the guns were dismantled and the battery or fort continued to be a lookout post until the 1940s.
Inside the battery are troop barracks and storage protected under an earthen parapet. The land side is protected by gun loops. You can still see the remnants today.
With sweeping panoramic views of the Atlantic and the nearby Port Royal Golf Course, the fort and battery is a perfect addition to your Whale Bay adventure.
How to get there?
Take #7 or #8 bus route from either Hamilton City or Dockyard. Let the driver know you are getting off the nearest bus stop at the Whale Bay Road. Once there, you need to walk approximately 10 minutes following Whale Bay Road, it is the one opposite the church.
Once you reach the fork, take the left road all the way down the parking lot. Another option is to take a taxi or just hire a scooter or a mini electric car.
Just bring enough food and drinks. You will not find any nearby store to buy from.
Admission is FREE!