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Hartley Helmet Diving in Bermuda

Highlights
  • Explore Bermuda's underwater world wearing a Hartley diving helmet
  • Walk around the soft, sandy ocean floor
  • Specialized helmet allows you to talk and breathe regularly while underwater
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Hartley Helmet Diving in Bermuda
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Overview
Explore the underwater world off the coast of Bermuda while wearing a Hartley diving helmet. During this 3.5-hour eco-tour, don the specialized helmet and climb down the ladder of the fully-equipped glass bottom boat, then simply walk around on the ocean floor. Delight in this unusual underwater activity, which is easier than snorkeling or scuba diving and more interactive. Spend 30-40 minutes traipsing around the sea's sandy bottom, getting a close look at the vividly colored coral reefs. Use of all equipment, including wet suits, is included. Hotel pickup and drop-off not included.
What to Expect
Hartley's helmet diving is unique and original to Bermuda. Bronson Hartley, the original 'Fish Whisperer', started the first helmet diving experience in 1947. This undersea walk is unique because you will make friends with the fish, and other marine creatures. The fish know the staff and expect the staff to feed them so they are willing to allow us to touch and hold them, even for photo ops!

Since the helmet is heavy on land, it is able to hold all the air inside of it and you on the bottom. Your confidence and ability to walk is a result of being gently pressed on the sandy sea bed, only 11 feet down. The helmet has shoulder pads and three windows, one big one at the front, and two side windows. With the assistance of a message baton and print on the food jar, marine life is identified and explained. A briefing is held on the 30 minute ride to the reef so your experience ends up being a fun and entertaining biology lesson as well!

Wet suits will be available if the water is below 80 degrees. Depending on the size of the group three may be up to 4 separate dives so that you can receive a personalized experience underwater. Your head will remain totally dry, so you can wear glasses, contacts or make-up. Fresh air is constantly pumped in and you can reach in to clear your ears or scratch your nose.

What inspires and liberates divers the most and creates value in their experience is the open philosophy of the staff. You will enjoy a sensory experience where you will use all your senses to explore, with respect for Bermuda's marine eco-system. You will be awakened to the joy and mystery of life, both under the sea, and all around you.
Reviews (200)
1 - 5 of 185 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Wonderful experience for the novice swimmer

The crew were very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great way to see the bottom of the ocean for those who don't like snorkeling or cannot swim. got to see all type of fish and coral and were able to find out all the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing

This was my first to Bermuda and I wanted to do something special and this adventure/experience was definitely it. I am "non-practiced" (dont know how to) at swimming so at first I was a little nervous. However, this was by far the best thing I...More

Thank melissias2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
The 'Beyond Snorkelling' Experience

Greg claims unemotional people don't give reviews, but here's mine anyway! There are cookie-cutter activities done like amusement park rides where you're just another dollar in their pocket, and then there are intimate, learning experiences with families like the Hartley's. They try to get to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Troy_Jollimore
Reviewed November 1, 2018
Great for non-swimmers! (and swimmers too :))

Greg made everyone very feel comfortable and safe. That was very important to me as I snorkel but my husband is very afraid of water. Through this adventure, he was able to see what I love about snorkeling. During the ride to the dive location...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Julia B
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile
Incredible experience

If in Bermuda, you must do this and spend the extra to get the photos. Normally we steer away from the upsell but this is unique and good value. It was an incredible experience and we had an absolute blast. A definite for anyone in...More

1  Thank TrevorCanberra
Greg H, Owner at Hartley's Undersea Walk, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Trevor! Perhaps you were swayed by the short, yet convincing 6 word sales pitch on the photos: Pictures air, no pictures, no air. You did notice you paid for photos, yet received videos for free! It is part of our under-promise/over-deliver policy. You can now...More

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Pamela V
October 2, 2018|
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Response from David B | Reviewed this property |
Yes. When we were there they run 2 trips each day - one in the morning which gets back around 1pm (from memory). Worth double checking directly in case the times change out of season but as departs from Dockyard (where the... More
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