West Whale Bay is a quiet, idyllic bay in the southwest of the Caribbean island of Bermuda. It's the ideal place for whale watching in the spring, picnicking in the rolling green hills while enjoying a spectacular sunset.
West Whale Bay is a quiet, idyllic bay in the southwest of the Caribbean island of Bermuda, directly accessible via Whale Bay Road. Its name already indicates that Bermuda's whalers used to launch their ships from here.
Humpback whales in West Whale Bay
Especially in spring, in March or April, with a little luck you have the chance to observe humpback whales in the wild. At this time, the gigantic marine mammals migrate north from the Caribbean to their summer feeding grounds. Often they even come so close to Bermuda that they can be seen from the pristine beach with the naked eye - better, of course, with binoculars. The small beach then quickly becomes populated by whale-watchers and loses a little of its peace and seclusion. Tours to the open sea for a meet-and-greet with the humpback whales can be booked locally.
Snorkelling and swimming in West Whale Bay
But even outside this time, West Whale Bay is worth a detour for anyone not looking for great entertainment. On the shore, which is pink with shell particles and coral dust against the azure waters of the Atlantic, there are a few picnic benches that invite you to linger in this breathtaking setting.
At low tide, the water in the bay is extremely calm and shallow, making it ideal for families to swim in the pleasant sea or snorkel the coral reefs. A picnic at sunset is highly recommended - an unforgettable experience with the chance of spectacular souvenir photos.
West Whale Bay is also one of the top addresses on Bermuda for deep-sea fishermen. Especially large snapper fish and barracudas are landed here as prey.
If you come to West Whale Bay at high tide, you will be surprised - the beach has disappeared and the water reaches right up to the rocky cliffs. But no problem, as an alternative programme there is the possibility to visit the nearby Fort Whale Bay Battery.