Hidden Gems of Bermuda Tour: Discovering the Best of Bermuda in 1 Day

Hidden Gems Bermuda

The Hidden Gems of Bermuda tour was our favorite thing to do on the island. The concept of the Hidden Gems of Bermuda tour is just our style: an all-inclusive, fully interactive, island eco-tour where we’d explore many off the beaten path destinations. It was one of the best things we did throughout our four days in Bermuda. We went hiking in Bermuda through Tom Moore’s Jungle, explored caves (even went swimming in one!), snorkeled on a deserted beach, challenged ourselves to cliff jumping, and more. Here’s what you can expect on a Bermuda Hidden Gems tour.

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Our tour guide, Ashley, picked us up at our hotel for our full-day tour. We spent seven hours in total with Ashley. It was one glorious day discovering Bermuda’s beautiful natural spots, including jungles, caves, and nature preserves. We lucked out because we were the only couple taking the tour that day, so it was a private excursion for the two of us. Typically, a small group will travel around the island with Ashley, so it’s still an intimate experience. Our first stop on our Hidden Gems of Bermuda tour was Tom Moore’s Jungle.

Hidden Gems of Bermuda: Tom Moore’s Jungle

Tom Moore's Jungle - Blue Lagoon

Tom Moore’s Jungle, also known as the Walsingham Nature Reserve is located in Hamilton Parish. The jungle is named after the Irish poet, Tom Moore, who wrote many of his famous works in Bermuda. Here you will discover a forest, trails, caves, grottoes, mangroves, and many varieties of flora and fauna.

The Blue Lagoon

Tom Moore's Jungle - Bermuda Blue Lagoon

The first place that Ashley showed us a crystal clear pool in Tom Moore’s Jungle called the Blue Lagoon. Much of the water that flows into the caverns and ponds of the jungle comes from the nearby Castle Harbour. To our surprise, this pond was home to many kinds of fish. The largest resident of Bermuda’s Blue Lagoon is the Rainbow Parrotfish, although we kept seeing this gorgeous beauty called the Princess Parrotfish.

Tom Moore's Jungle - Bermuda Blue Lagoon

We continued our walk along the nature trails of Tom Moore’s Jungle. It’s a great place to go hiking in Bermuda. Unfortunately, when we visited Bermuda, a hurricane passed through only days earlier. The hurricane damaged many trees and paths in the jungle. Thankfully, the hurricane didn’t damage too much of the island. Unfortunately, we couldn’t visit the Blue Hole because the path was temporarily blocked from the hurricane damage. Instead, we explored some other amazing natural spaces. Our next stop was the Subway Cave.

Subway Cave

Subway Cave in Tom Moore's Jungle, Bermuda

Ashley provided each of us with a backpack filled with the appropriate gear for this caving experience. Hidden Gems of Bermuda has thought of everything! Justin and I put on helmets equipped with head lamps. These are very handy while exploring the caves as it gets very dark in there. Ashley also brought a higher powered flashlight that could even be used underwater.

These are public caves in Tom Moore’s Jungle that are very natural and untouched. Therefore, there aren’t any signs, paths, or lights in Subway Cave. It’s handy to travel with a local guide who knows exactly where to find the best spots. These caves can be very concealed and you might not even know that they exist otherwise. I wouldn’t have even known there was such an impressive cave buried beneath the greenery and sprawling tree roots.

Hidden Gems of Bermuda - Caves in Tom Moore's Jungle

Subway Cave is a fascinating dry cave beneath the forest floor. Many stalactites hang down from the ceiling. On the outside, they look like regular rock formations, though the inside of the rocks shimmer and sparkle like crystals. Unfortunately, some of the stalactites are covered with a black soot as early cave explorers, lacking the technology of flashlights, brought torches and open flames into the caves. Thankfully, the stalactites are growing back (though at a very slow rate) and are recovering from being burned.

We really had to watch our heads as we crawled through some of the narrow passageways in the cave. Some of the thicker stalactites of various lengths could actually be “played” as a natural pipe organ. When striking the sides of the stalactite with your hand, various tones would sound. Don’t worry, this doesn’t harm the rocks in any way. They are incredibly sturdy and aren’t going anywhere.

Walsingham Cave

Walsingham Cave in Bermuda

Our next stop was Walsingham Cave, a partially drowned cavern where you can go swimming to view interesting rock formations all around. Justin and I packed our water shoes for the occasion because the rocks can be a little bit sharp as you enter or leave the pool.

The cave is fairly dark, but there’s enough natural light to see clearly. Ashley also gave us her underwater flashlight so we could shine light to the farthest rock walls and beneath the water. As we swam inside the cave, we saw one huge rock that looked exactly like a bear! The cave water was a little bit chilly, but we got used to the temperature once we started swimming around.

Swimming in caves in Bermuda - Walsingham Cave in Tom Moore's Jungle
Swimming in caves in Bermuda - Walsingham Cave in Tom Moore's Jungle
Swimming in caves in Bermuda - Walsingham Cave in Tom Moore's Jungle
Swimming in caves in Bermuda - Walsingham Cave in Tom Moore's Jungle
Swimming in caves in Bermuda - Walsingham Cave in Tom Moore's Jungle

Learning About Native Plants

As we went hiking in Bermuda at Tom Moore’s Jungle, Ashley shows us some natural plants and how Bermudians use them for natural remedies. For instance, you shouldn’t use bug spray in the jungle due to all of the chemicals (if you’re going to use it, please spray it on well in advance before you enter!). While you won’t encounter many mosquitoes in the jungle, you could always use the leaves of the Surinam Cherry to keep them away. It also treats bug bites if you take a few of the leaves and rub them vigorously on your skin.

The Warwick Spice Tree also grows in the jungle, which smells strongly of cloves if you scrunch up its leaves and rub them in your hands. We also scrunched up the leaves of the Shell Ginger plant, which smelled like a calming eucalyptus scent from the spa. Bermudians use the root of this plant to make the island’s famous Ginger Beer!

Lunch Break on This Bermuda Tour

After our cave and jungle explorations, it was time for lunch. Ashley drove us over to the Black Horse Tavern, a restaurant on St. David’s Island where you will find the most authentic Bermudian cuisine. Unfortunately, this restaurant has since closed.

Nowadays, lunch on the tour is prepared by Eliana’s Fine Dining. There’s always a vegetarian or vegan option on the tour, and every meal comes with a Bermuda ginger beer soda. At the Black Horse Tavern, we enjoyed chickpea burgers with a beautiful view. If you’re looking for more vegan options in Bermuda, check out our Bermuda vegan dining guide.

Hidden Gems of Bermuda tour
Black Horse Tavern - Chickpea burger

St. David’s Lighthouse

After lunch, we visited St. David’s Lighthouse for a panoramic view of the island. St. David’s Lighthouse was originally built in 1879. It is the most authentic lighthouse on the island. Its walls were constructed using Bermuda Limestone, and an interior staircase was made from the island’s endemic Bermuda Cedar.

St. David's Lighthouse - Best views of Bermuda - Hidden Gems of Bermuda tour
St. David's Lighthouse - Best views of Bermuda - Hidden Gems of Bermuda tour
St. David's Lighthouse - Best views of Bermuda - Hidden Gems of Bermuda tour
St. David's Lighthouse - Best views of Bermuda - Hidden Gems of Bermuda tour

You must walk up the 85 steps to the top of the lighthouse for the brilliant 360 degree views. From here, you will be at one of the highest points in Bermuda, and can view many brightly painted homes and the sparkling blue ocean all around.

Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve

Cooper's Island Nature Reserve

From St. David’s Lighthouse, we traveled to Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, near the site of the NASA station in Bermuda. Until 1995, the site of Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve was occupied fully by the United States Military. Nowadays, members of the public can enjoy its twelve acres of unspoiled beauty. We visited a beautiful sandy beach called Long Beach, one of the best beaches in Bermuda.

Cooper's Island Nature Reserve, Long Beach, Bermuda
Cooper's Island Nature Reserve, Long Beach, Bermuda
Cooper's Island Nature Reserve, Long Beach, Bermuda

This beach was quite secluded, and we may have seen maybe one other person there. We had this pretty beach entirely to ourselves. It proved to be quite the amazing snorkeling site, as we saw several species of fish including large schools of parrotfish. Ashley provided us with all of the snorkel gear, as well as pool noodles if we wanted to float around on them. We had plenty of free time to swim around with the fish on our own.

Admiralty House Park

For our final adventure, we went to Admiralty House Park to go cliff jumping in Bermuda. Admiralty House Park is just outside of the city of Hamilton, at Spanish Point off the North Shore. We walked down the park’s main path towards an underground passageway to the Admiral’s Cave.

Admiralty House Park - Admiral's Cave in Bermuda
Admiralty House Park - Admiral's Cave in Bermuda
Admiralty House Park - Admiral's Cave in Bermuda
Admiralty House Park - Admiral's Cave in Bermuda

There are tunnels and passageways to navigate through in order to reach the edge of the cliff. This is a popular spot with the locals for cliff jumping, especially the island’s daring teenagers.  We jumped several times from the rocky ledges and felt pretty courageous for having attempted something that we’d never done before. After each jump, we swam towards the cove and back inside the cave. From there, we walked through the cave and back up to the top for another jump.

Cliff jumping in Bermuda with Hidden Gems of Bermuda
Cliff jumping in Bermuda with Hidden Gems of Bermuda
Cliff jumping in Bermuda with Hidden Gems of Bermuda

A HUGE thank you to Ashley for showing us all of the amazing places that Bermuda has to offer! We had the experience of a lifetime. We highly recommend that you take a Hidden Gems of Bermuda tour when you travel to Bermuda. It was great to spend the day with a local who taught us about the island and showed us so many wonderful, eco-friendly places.

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Would you ever go cliff jumping or swim inside a cave?

37 Responses

  1. Candace Glenney
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    This looks like a great day tour to do some of everything! I loved Bermuda and was amazed at the caves, beaches, and so many other things to do!

  2. Wayne ''Whisky Sour '' Ebbin
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    Glad you enjoyed your trip to my beautiful island home. If your readers intend on coming for a visit please do enjoy the pristine cleanliness of the beaches and the charm and goodness of the people. Bermuda us another world . Do come back some day justin and lauren until then safe travels . Peace

  3. Melissa
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    I love scuba diving not only for the adventure, but also for the wonderful and unique things you get to see below the water surface. In the past years I’ve taken a lot of interesting and amazing pictures.

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  5. Sarah
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    Lauren this looks like a fantastic tour. How streneous was the hiking or climbing in and out of the caves? We’d love to take our children with us on this tour when we go to Bermuda this summer so I’m just wondering if it would be to intense/streneous for them. Thanks again so much for this detailed review

    • Lauren
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      Hi Sarah! The hiking was not very strenuous at all anywhere. I feel like this would be a really fun tour for kids to go on! If you have any doubts, please feel free to email Ashley of Hidden Gems – her contact info should be on the website. She might be able to even cater the tour for kids! Hope you have a great time and please let me know how it went!

      • Sarah
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        Thanks Lauren! I emailed her and hopefully we can get something set up :) I’ll let you know when we get back!

  6. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
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    All of these hidden gems are amazing guys! Looking forward to visiting Bermuda this spring! :D

    • Lauren
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      It looks like we are following each other around – you’re headed to Bermuda, and I’ll be headed to Italy! :) Have fun!

  7. Raymond @ Man On The Lam
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    I really need to get myself to Bermuda it seems. :)

    • Lauren
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      Yes you do!!! :)

  8. Dana
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    Swimming in a cave… AWESOME. Super cool. Would love to do that one day. Finally got to swim in a waterfall for the first time this past October (and it was all I’d hoped and dreamed it would be!); would love to tackle cave next ;) Also really like that photo from the window of the light house. Great shot!

    • Lauren
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      Swimming in a waterfall would be lots of fun, too! Swimming in a cave…I highly recommend it!! :)

  9. Karyn @ Not Done Travelling
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    This does look like a really good tour! And those caves look awesome – especially the one you could swim in. It looked pretty deep too from those photos!

    • Lauren
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      It was pretty deep in the cave we swam in – I think Justin could touch the bottom in some spots, but I couldn’t!

  10. Esther
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    This looks like an amazing place.I especially love the blue, blue waters! If you don’t go swimming and snorkling there, where would you??

    • Lauren
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      Yes, it is a must to go swimming and snorkeling I think! The schools of parrot fish were definitely worth it! There are plenty of spots to snorkel and swim here, too.

  11. Erin | No Ordinary Nomad
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    Loving your posts on Bermuda – it’s making me really want to go! The tour looks heaps of fun, although I’m not too sure how I’d go in some of those caves, they look a little cramped!

    • Lauren
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      They weren’t that cramped, you just had to watch your head in some places…which wasn’t a problem for me (I’m 5’2) but Justin who is over 6 feet tall had to watch it sometimes :) This tour was tons of fun!

  12. Paula Through the Looking Glass
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    Great photos Lauren! Going to add this to my bucket list

    • Lauren
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      Thank you! :) And yes, definitely do!

  13. Sandra @ Tripper
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    Wow this is a great tour. Usually I’m skeptical too with tours and I understand what you mean: all the tourists cramped inside a bus, being rushed around. But this one truly sounds like a full experience and all in one day? It’s also nice that they take the tour anyway even if it was just you guys. Great pictures by the way. Really really nice post ;)

    • Lauren
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      It definitely was not your typical tour! Everything you could possibly want in a tour! Highly recommended :)

  14. Tiny Traveller
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    Wow! Cliff jumping always reminds me of growing up on the coast in the south of England :)

    • Lauren
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      Did you do lots of cliff jumping there? Sweet!

  15. Richelle
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    You have me convinced! The beaches look incredible and the town is so cute! It looks like you had an amazing time.

    • Lauren
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      We love it in Bermuda! We did have an amazing time :)

  16. kami
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    I must say I didn’t know much about Bermuda (ok, I knew nothing at all!) but after reading this I’m so adding the place to my bucket list! It sounds and looks so interesting!!

    • Lauren
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      You definitely should add it to your list, it’s a really cool place. I admit not knowing much about it either before I visited, but it’s different than any other island I’ve been to before! Would love to return someday.

  17. Evanne @ Poplar Travels
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    I can’t believe you got to swim in a cave, how cool is that? I feel like I missed everything awesome when I visited Bermuda, haha. I’ll have to go back!

    • Lauren
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      It was such a cool experience! You will have to go back and take this tour! It was awesome.

  18. Laura
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    Great photos showcasing a beautiful island. I love all the colour, the perfect turquoise water, and gorgeous beaches. Good for you guys for enjoying the caves. I went deep down into Cuba’s Bellamar Caves where the humidity was 100%. I felt like I couldn’t breathe and ended up having a major panic attack :-)

    • Lauren
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      Wow, that sounds intense. I hope you’re okay! It didn’t seem too humid in these caves so you might have a better experience!

  19. Alli
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    Your water shots are gorgeous. I love the shot from inside the cave so it is dark around the edges but the centre is that bright blue stunning water! The tour group seems like a great one, too! I’m really nervous myself when it comes to jumping off jagged rocks like that, good job! It does take a lot of courage :)

    • Lauren
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      Thank you so much! It did take some courage to jump off those rocks. I stood there for a few moments before doing it for the first time. But then…it was like….okay now or never…just go! :) And I jumped! And then I did it a few more times. Lots of fun!

  20. Hannah
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    I’m pretty wary with tours, as you said they tend to be very hit or miss. This one looks great though! Those caves in the jungle look very Indiana Jones (which is totally awesome in my books!) and I love all the fish in the Blue Lagoon and at Clearwater Beach. Sounds like you guys had a fabulous day!

    • Lauren
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      This is a fantastic tour and I highly recommend it to everyone! What a day we had!