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Hartley Helmet Diving in Bermuda

  • 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
Hartley Helmet Diving in Bermuda
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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 (196)
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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

Thank TrevorCanberra
Greg H, Owner at Hartley's Undersea Walk, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

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

Reviewed 5 days ago
A Quality Underwater Experience

My 10 year old daughter and I took the dive tour on Oct. 9, 2018 while in Bermuda during a Royal Caribbean cruise. As promised, Capt. Greg and his son met us and 8 others near the Calico Jack's boat next to the cruise pier....More

1  Thank Chad H
Greg H, Owner at Hartley's Undersea Walk, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks Chad. Not only for the top rating review, but also for the details of the trip. People announce it was great and expect you to take their word for it, without any explanation. Although much of that is on our web site, 'What to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Simply Amazing!!!

This was an amazing experience. Greg was so calming and very knowledgeable. I'm so glad I didn't back out. Felt really safe. You must experience this at least once in your lifetime!!!!More

Thank Aileen I
Greg H, Owner at Hartley's Undersea Walk, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks Aileen, for the 5* review. Your being glad over not having backed out is an indication you were quite scared.Thanks for pushing through the fear and having the confidence to feel safe. Please visit us more than once. A return customer is strong evidence...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
I am a C5 Quadriplegic...

Having broken my neck in 1984, I was taken underwater by Greg and he carried me around the reef and then set me up with a wooden stand so I could watch his performance with the angel fish swimming through a hoop and all the...More

Thank _Tom_Outerbridge
Greg H, Owner at Hartley's Undersea Walk, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks TDO, for the 5 star review and the reminder of helmet dives of the past. Recently, a passenger affirmed they were inspired to join us, because your review gave them confidence in our tour. The usual tag line of our tour is: Just walk,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A must try!!!

Last weekend I celebrated a friends birthday by going helmet diving with a group. At first I was a little apprehensive because of course you never know what is going to happen. Let me just say it is one of my best experiences ever. I...More

Thank CoCo174
Greg H, Owner at Hartley's Undersea Walk, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks CoCo, for celebrating your friend's birthday with us. Your wonderful 5 star review certainly proves my point that this is a subjective experience. Your apprehension and overcoming your fear is what created your enjoyment. Kudos to you. Thanks for the 5 star rating as...More

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