Tom Moore's Jungle Caves and Adventures with Lunch
King's Wharf, Bermuda
- Tom Moore's Jungle: Also known as Walsingham Nature Reserve, a 12-acre spread of rugged hiking trails, natural cave systems, and subterranean grottoes.
- St. David's Lighthouse: Scale a landmark standing 208 feet above sea level – the highest point of the island's eastern tip – and boasting spectacular panoramas.
- Cooper's Island Nature Reserve: Coral reefs and covert beaches provide premier places to snorkel and swim with tropical fish – or lounge – on this remote island.
- Fish fry: A lunch of locals' favorites, including Bermuda Fish Chowder, sweet Johnny Bread, fried wahoo, Hoppin' John, homemade coleslaw, and ginger beer.
- Bailey's Bay Ice Cream Parlour: We'll treat you to this local shop, famed for its delectable, homemade goodies in flavors both traditional and with a little flair.
About this King's Wharf tour
Revealing Bermuda's bewitching beauty hardly requires the lilting words of a young, Irish poet. But it doesn't hurt either. In 1804, Tom Moore wrote, "These little islands of Bermuda form certainly one of the prettiest and most romantic spots that I could ever have imagined, and the descriptions which represent it as like a place of fairy enchantment are very little beyond the truth."
Though he only stayed three months, the charmer is the unofficial namesake of this particular lush wonderland he roved. With "T'was thus, by the shade of a calabash-tree," he captured the locale in beguiling rhyme and verse. Follow his footsteps, deep into Tom Moore's Jungle, past mangroves and sinkholes, among melodic birds and frogs and forest creatures. Burrow into labyrinthine tunnels with stalagmites and stalactites. Leap into sparkling Blue Hole – a sunken cavern – plus a seawater pool seldom kissed by the sun.
"Oh! could you view the scenery dear," high atop St. David's Lighthouse. From such great heights to the depths off Cooper's Island – a premier dive spot where "In glassy calm the waters sleep, and to the sun-beam proudly show the coral rocks they love to steep." Swim or snorkel amid brilliant marine life, around a preserved reef. Rather lounge? Whip out a journal, and wax poetic on the secluded beach.
You'll stop for a local fish-fry lunch along the way, savoring your meal and a ginger beer, picnic-style, along with the mesmerizing vistas. Also on the menu is family-owned Bailey's Bay Ice Cream Parlour, where you might be inspired to compose an ode of your own. Give it 30 verses: one for each flavor.
Tom of the jungle
Thomas Moore came to Bermuda as an appointed registrar to the Admiralty. For all his rhapsodies about life on the island (which, in his case, apparently included a scandalous obsession with a colleague's wife), Moore found his job uninspiring and society limited. He soon departed for the U.S. and met President Jefferson, developing an intense dislike for both.
Please proceed to the Dockyard Watersports Centre - next to the Dockyard ferry stop to meet our GoBe Rep.
Bermuda's environment is heavily protected; removing coral, shells, animals, plants etc. is strictly prohibited and subject to fines. Do not touch the coral - you will harm it, and it may harm you.
Due to the nature of this activity, this experience is not wheelchair accessible.
Full Day, Adventure, Beach, Bus Tour, Wilderness/Wildlife
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for travelers 12 years of age and older.
Suitable for travelers weighing up to 250 lbs.
Special Medical Restriction
There is considerable walking involved in the tour. Some sites visited (caves, grottoes etc.) may be slippery - those with ankle or feet problems should consider before booking. Participants are also subject to complete a liability waiver.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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