Tucked away on a tiny road in the center of Bermuda lies a massive 12-acre tree-covered area, known as Tom Moore’s Jungle (also called Blue Hole Park or The Walsingham Nature Reserve).
The ‘jungle’, which is somewhat unbeknownst to many tourists and locals, is a beautiful area full of hundreds of species of plants, reflective blue water, and caverns that retreat deep into the earth.
Tom Moore’s jungle is privately owned property that is accessible to the public. It was named after Thomas Moore, an Irish poet who is said to have written some of his greatest works here under a Bermudian calabash tree.
Walking through the property is quite an adventure as you bob and weave your way along several paths that poke out between the trees. One great point of interest is The Blue Grotto (pictured above and below) with a viewing deck that protrudes out into the water.
Some other great points of interest around the jungle are the numerous caves (both hidden and easily visible) throughout the jungle.
There are hundreds of beautiful moss covered stalagmites and stalactites jutting out from rocks in the caves. One particularly beautiful area to explore and swim in is Causeway Cave, an area whose water is sourced by the nearby Castle Harbour.
One thing that I really loved about visiting the jungle was how untouched it all felt, and how few people were exploring the area. This somewhat off-the-beaten-path experience is something that I highly recommend to all people who come to visit Bermuda; it is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature.
Know Before You Go – Things To Bring with You:
- Flashlight to explore the dark caves
- Sneakers (clearly I should have planned this out better myself)
- Swimsuit/Snorkel Gear if you want to dive into the water at the caves
Location: Surrounding Tom Moore’s Tavern, Bermuda’s oldest eating house – 7 Walsingham Lane, Bailey’s Bay, Hamilton