The island is surrounded by coral reef which helps to keep
the beaches really clean as the reef blocks all the junk coming from the sea
reaching the island. In the past the reefs also protected the island from enemy
ships getting too close. If you see the sea shore from an elevated place you
can find at least 4 shades on the sea water, starting from light blue, to dark
blue, to light green and beyond again blue water. Its a small quiet island
inhabited by multi-billionaires. The longest distance is 22 Kms from one end of
the island to the other in length and 4 kms in breadth. This is the ultimate
place for work and leisure with some really nice people, close to zero crime
rate and its a tax free island. Its a classic mix of modern culture and the
My company had arranged my travel details and i flew from
Bangalore-Bombay-Heathrow airport in London,
transfer to Gatwick airport in London
and then to Bermuda.
At Heathrow airport the immigration officer asked me for a Visa to enter London
and it took some time for me to convince her that i am in transit and can get a
24hrs transit visa to get to the Gatwick airport. She gave me a stare and said
that issuing a transit visa depends on the the immigration authority. I spent
close to 20 minutes trying to explain her that I had no intention of entering
just wanted to transit to proceed to Bermuda
She checked all my documents, asked me some references and finally stamped my
passport with a 24 hrs transit visa. She warned me of the consequences of
wandering around somewhere else in UK
and directed me to board the airport shuttle which would take me to Gatwick.
thanked her and went to the shuttle ticket counter who announced that the next
shuttle will leave after 2 hrs, luckily i had a 6 hours transit time between
the flights. Outside temperature was below zero deg C and I was only in shirt
and pant. Immediately rushed in and bought a head cap for 15 pounds (phew.. ).
The shuttle was well organized, and the driver turned out to be a an Indian. He
greeted me in the local Indian language and after the pleasantries exchanged
invited me to sit near the driving seat.
The flight to Bermuda
took around 7 hours and the view of the island from the flight was amazing. The
flight landed on a small airstrip and we were lining at the immigration
counter. I greeted the immigration lady who looked at me any my passport giving
a curious look. Told me i was one of the very few Indians visiting the island
(i kept getting that comment quite a lot during my future travels).
i was on a business trip and came there for business meeting with the bank. She
knew the owner of the bank, a multi billionaire and again gave me that curious
smile. I was smiling all the time and she said, 'you smile a lot', I replied,
'just returning your smile maam'. Smilingly she stamped my passport, wished me
a pleasant stay and was in Bermuda
Took the taxi to my guest house (again booked by my company :-) ), which had
all the bare necessities, but the location was excellent. Not very close to the
market area or main road but very clam and quiet. I called up my Bermuda
the room informing of my arrival. My boss had arranged me his driver to guide
me after my arrival, he was in my guesthouse within the next 30 min and
explained me all that I needed to know about going around the Island
He said will be coming to pick me up the next day morning and went to
sleep after a long and tiring flight from Bangalore
Woke up early morning, got ready and was sitting at the breakfast table when
the owner of the guesthouse came to talk to me. She seemed intrigued by
an Indian and started asking me all questions about India
We had a nice chat till it was time for me to go to the office, my first day at
work. The driver was right on time, took me to the bank office and checked the
time to pick me up in the evening. The day went on with introductions with my
colleagues and setting up my work place and a few meetings.
The official work
dress of Bermuda is formal shirts and formal Bermuda
pants as its quiet hot and sultry in this small island.
Evening the driver picked me up from the office and asked if i knew how to ride
a two wheeler. He said the best way to move around the island is hire a two
wheeler, we rented one and he gave me a map. I headed back to my guesthouse to
check the map and later went out to the market to get dinner. Lots of
options with various cuisines and pubs, I choose one which had chairs on the
outside facing the main road. The place comes alive at night with dinners
extending to late hours.
My days started with a quick jog for around 5 kms in the morning along the
roads and leading to a beach. Then to office around 9:am and in the evening on
my two wheeler for a trip over the island. The island has land divisions with
names as Hamilton-the capital city, Saint George, Devonshire, Paget, Pembroke,
Sandy's, Smith's, Southamptom, Warwick with most of the best beaches along the
southern side of the island.
Had a great time for 2 weeks in one of the most beautiful islands of the world.