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“An atypical destination off the tourist path.”
Review of Hog Bay Park

Ranked #128 of 244 things to do in Bermuda
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

My friend and I went to Hog Bay Park to snorkel the bay, not to hike, so I can't offer many details about the surrounding park (a mix of wooded areas and rare Bermuda farmland)–others have described it better.

Visiting Hog Bay was a nice experience. I liked that it took some effort to find it, that it was obscure and quiet, that we had to use a tide table to figure out when to go, that for fun I actually used my compass to find the beach because none of the trails (at least where we were) were marked. The beach (when visible) is small and borders a sort of rock shelf. There are flat, mostly smooth slabs of rock dotting the beach. You may find little creatures in small pools in the rocks once the tide is out. There are no facilities at the beach.

Entry was easy, and we found the water calm, which made for a pleasant swim. The bottom of the bay is a mix of sand and beds of sea grass, without much coral or rocks–which is great for turtles, though we didn't see any on our trip. We saw schools of porgies and "clouds" of tiny silvery-blue fish, and a group of barracuda. We only found one substantial cluster of coral–if you're standing on the beach, looking toward the water, it's to the left along the rock wall, not very far out. Though small, this area was healthy, intensely colorful and packed with fish, including various grunts, squirrelfish, hogfish, balloonfish (spiny puffers), and ocean triggerfish.

After we left the park, we took the bus to the nearby Rockaway Ferry Dock and caught the last ferry back to Hamilton, which was a nice way to end the day.

The interesting thing is, I can't say Hog Bay was the best snorkeling spot I've been to, and I thought Blue Hole was a much more interesting park (based on the trail we walked), but when I combine all of the things that went into the trip as a whole, it was very worthwhile. I'd recommend a visit to people looking for a nice walk and swim in a quiet setting.

(Note: We actually visited in June 2011, but I'm pretty late getting to this and Tripadvisor wouldn't let me select that date.)

Thank flevine
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed the nature trail that leads from the car park through farm land (there isn't much of it visible in Bermuda) and up to the fabulous view of the coastline, and then the descent to the "beach" which I couldn't see as it was high tide, but that didn't spoil the walk at all. The climb wasn't that strenuous and I used a book called Hiking Bermuda to find the trail etc. but I doubt you'll need it - it's quite straight forward if you stick to the main trail.
Definitely worth a visit if like me you find yourself on a trip with weather that does not permit lounging on a beach all day! or even if you just fancy a day away from the beach.

Thank jlr1962
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

The beach is very cool, especially since it's only available during low tide. Judging by the water marks on the rocks, it looks like everything gets submerged to a height of about two feet, so the whole thing dissapears at high tide.

In february (when we went) the low tide was around 12:30PM, which was a perfect time of day.

The only thing to note about this park is that the west bound bus stops about a ten minute walk before the park entrance (which is a small parking lot), so you need to continue walking west when you get off. Once in the parking lot, there are no indications as to how to get to the beach, other than a little opening in the fence that is marked as the park entrance. You'll be walking through about six plantations, and just need to keep your bearings about you and constantly head out in the direction of the sea. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the beach from the parking lot.

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Reviewed February 21, 2012

I've been here several times and realize that it's not so very big that you can get too terribly lost in it, yet it gives one a good sense of how the land can be used for farming. Once you get to the sea overlook there are picture pretty views back toward Somerset and sea coast that gets you far away from feeling Bermuda's congestion.

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Reviewed May 11, 2014
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