BEST CRUISE LINE SHORE EXCURSIONS

There’s a lot you can do independently, from beach hopping to shopping and walk­ing and tram-style tours; however, if you crave a guide to narrate the highlights, or want to do something active such as snorkel or bike ride, the ships’ organized tours are your best bet. The sampling of tours below are generally offered from King’s Wharf, Hamilton, and St. George’s.

Railway Trail Cruise & Bike Tour ($75, 3 hr.): Take a scenic coastal cruise to the rural West End, where you’ll hop on a 21-speed bike. Pedal along the path where the original Bermuda Railway once ran on narrow-gauge tracks. The tracks are gone, but a trail remains behind. This excursion is a great opportunity to get views of the ocean and the island’s lush gardens and bird life. The flat route covers 8km to 13km (5-8 miles).

Snorkeling Trip ($68, 3 hr.): Board a boat and motor out to a snorkeling spot near the West End as the captain talks to passengers about Bermuda history and customs. Then, after an hour or so of snorkeling, the fun begins: The music is turned on, the dancing starts, and the bar opens as the boat heads back to port.

Coral Reef Glass-Bottom Boat Cruise ($46, 2 hr.): See the coral reefs and colorful fish living in Bermuda’s waters; then view one of Bermuda’s famous shipwrecks and enjoy a rum swizzle from a fully stocked bar.

Golf Excursion ($75+, half-day): Excursions include tee times for 18 holes at chal­lenging courses such as Mid Ocean Golf Club, among the best in the world; Riddells Bay Golf & Country Club, a veritable golfing institution built in 1922; Port Royal Golf Course; and St. George’s Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. A taxi to and from the courses may be extra and club rental is about $30 extra, but carts are included. The golf excursions are often sold directly through an onboard golf pro who organizes lessons on the ship, too.