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Scuba Diving in Pelinaion, St. David’s Head, Bermuda

Skill Level:
All Divers
Maximum Depth:
21 m/70 ft
Bermuda, also known as the Bermudas, is situated off the east coast of the United States. It might seem as a long distance destination, but in fact it is less than 2 hours away from most eastern US airports. Bermuda enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with mild and windy winters and hot summers.The island is divided into nine parishes and two incorporated municipalities. Hamilton is the capital city of Bermuda. It is a wonderful, harbor city full of sights of historical interest, beautiful gardens and incredible restaurants.

Bermuda is regarded as the wreck capital of the Atlantic, as it is surrounded by hundreds of shipwrecks. Many ships lie in shallow waters, providing shelter to a vast number of fish. The majority of these shipwrecks are now very popular dive sites. The Pelinaion is a favorite location for divers, because of its large size and massive parts, including its huge steam boilers, deck winches and a spare propeller that is strapped to the deck.

The Pelinaion was a cargo steamer that sank off St. David’s Head in 1940. Nowadays, it lies scattered in 6 m/20 ft – 21 m/70 ft of water. The bow sits on the reef at a depth of 9.1 m/30 ft and the stern lies in 21 m/70 ft of water. The visibility of the site is good, ranging from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft and the water temperature varies between 19 °C/66 °F and 26 °C/78 °F.

In addition, divers are able to witness a spectacular marine life, such as barracuda, blue angel fish and large schools of snappers and grunts. Note that the ideal period to visit the spot is during spring and fall months. Last but not least, the site is suitable for both the beginner and more experienced diver.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Hamilton
11.5km/7.1mi, 17mins
Head north to the Dismont Dr Victoria St. Turn right into Victoria St. Take the 2nd turn left onto Cedar Ave. Turn right at Marsh Folly Rd. Proceed to Palmetto Rd. At the roundabout , take the 2nd exit to N Shore Rd. Turn right to stay on N Shore Rd. Turn right to stay on N Shore Rd. Take the first turn left into Harrington Sound Rd. Turn right at Paynters Rd. Slight left at Tuckers Point Drive. Your destination will be on your right.
BY CAR FROM Hamilton
16.4km/10.2mi, 25mins
Head north to the Dismont Dr Victoria St. Turn right into Victoria St. Take the 3rd right turn into Parliament St. Turn left at Front St. Continue to E BroadWay. Slight right to Harbour Rd. Continue to Crow Ln. Continue to Crow Lane. Slight left to Trimingham Rd. Turn right onto Berry Hill Rd. Turn left at Trimingham Rd. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit to S Rd. Slight left onto Middle Rd. Τurn left.
BY CAR FROM Hamilton
13.2km/8.2mi, 20 mins
Head north in Dismont Dr to Victoria St. Turn right in Victoria St. Take the 2nd turn left in Cedar Ave. Turn right in Marsh Folly Rd. Continue to Palmetto Rd. In the circular node, you take the 2nd exit to N Shore Rd. Turn right in order to remain in the N Shore Rd. Turn right in order to remain in the N Shore Rd. Take the 1st turn left in Harrington Sound Rd. Turn right in Wilkinson Ave. Turn right in Blue Hole Hill. Turn left in order to remain in Blue Hole Hill. Turn right in order to remain in Blue Hole Hill.
BY AIR
Bermuda International Airport,
8.5km/5.3mi 15mins drive
BY TRAIN

The island is not accessible by train. The Bermuda Train Company provides narrative trolley tours of Hamilton and Dockyard from April until November.

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