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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
From US$100.00
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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.
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Reviewed yesterday
Unique. Worth it!

My husband and I enjoyed our dive last week. We got a kick out of meeting Captain Greg and his son, Ben, too. Do some reading first, know there's some downtime while Greg takes other parties down. Savor the time to relax. Know that your...More

Thank 704Lori
Reviewed 3 days ago
Amazing and unique experience

Really enjoyed this and our captain, Greg, is a free-thinker and almost Willy Wonka-like in his ways which added to the experience. He doesn't force you into anything and was great with the kids in the other family during our dive (he certainly had more...More

Thank ScottyA123
Reviewed 1 week ago
Best experience in Bermuda

My wife and I recommend this experiance to all . This was our third dive and it was just as exciting as the first. You get to experience the sea life of a reef and interact with the fish in a way snorkeling can not...More

Thank scmarsh123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Awesome experience

Whether your a swimmer or not, THIS DIVE IS FOR YOU! Mr. Hartley explains how everything works, and takes all your fears away as you are able to walk across the bottom of the sea without getting your head wet. Your able to hold, pet...More

1  Thank bleforce
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Truly hands-on incredible & unique experience - safe & fun & you will learn a lot!

I first found out about Hartley's by someone who did this in Bermuda in the 1970's! (it's actually been a family business since 1936!). I still debated signing up, we were on a family cruise and my whole family was doing a snorkeling and scuba...More

Thank cks111
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Angela J
28 May 2018|
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Response from Angela J |
thank you
Ellie C
14 May 2018|
Response from Fred G |
Riders are allowed for half price. The boat has an enclosed cabin to sit in. I'm not aware that it has a glass bottom so you would not see what is going on in the water.
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