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.)
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