King's Wharf has something for everyone. Sample typical island food and stroll through the shops and museums of the Royal Naval Dockyard, an impressive military fortress built in 1815. Sail the clear waters of Hamilton Sound. Find quaint gems at the Bermuda Arts Center and Craft Market. Or have a close encounter with dolphins at Dolphin Quest, where you can swim, dance and kiss these magnificent sea creatures.
Kings Wharf is where the most contracted cruise ships dock in Bermuda. This is the original pier or the berth in Royal Naval Dockyard, the largest cruise port in Bermuda. It is located at the western tip of Bermuda in Sandys Parish at Ireland Island (North). A second berth Heritage Wharf was added to the dockyard in May 2009 next to Kings Wharf. So two large cruise ships can now dock at the port at the same time.
Due to large influx of tourists arriving by regularly scheduled cruises, the area has developed into a modern tourist complex with shopping malls, many top tourist attractions including museums and historic buildings, beaches, art & craft center, restaurants & pubs, and a place from where a host of activities take place including local tours (both land and boat tours), shore excursions by cruise lines, water sports, festive celebrations and lot more.
WHAT TO DO HERE
Take a fascinating cruise on one of Bermuda's glass-bottom boats and view Bermuda's rainbow-colored undersea world of fish and coral formations.
Browse the shops and museums of the Royal Naval Dockyard.
Party Bermuda-style on an Island Calypso Cruise.
Troll for blue marlin and other big game fish on a deep-sea fishing adventure.
Catch a round of golf at one of the many courses on this beautiful island.
Bermudian products are available at great prices. These products, exclusive to Bermuda, include cedar-wood gifts, commemorative coins, miniature ceramic cottages, handbags with cedar and mahogany handles, hand-crafted gold jewelry, polished shark's teeth mounted in 14-karat gold and the famous Bermuda shorts. Local Currency
The Bermuda dollar (BMD) is the official currency. It is on par with the U.S. dollar. U.S. dollars, traveler's checks and credit cards are widely accepted.
There are several great beaches that are close to Kings wharf. While some are within easy walking distance, others including the famous pink south shore beaches can be reached easily by public bus, taxis or scooter. Beach shuttle minibuses are also available for Horseshoe Bay Beach.
When cruise ships are in port, a train trolley (that moves on wheels) goes around the dockyard starting near the cruise terminals and passing through the important places completing a full circuit. It makes frequent trips during the whole day. This is a free transport available in the dockyard and you can hop on and off at various points within the dockyard. Buses and ferries are very popular public transports in the island. Bus #7 and #8 operate between Hamilton City and the Dockyard. The bus stop is at the end of the cruise berths and next to the ferry dock. Bus #8 is more frequent and takes the Middle Road in Sandys, while bus#7 takes the more picturesque South Road that offers great views of the south shore beaches. Bus ride from dockyard up to Hamilton City takes about one hour and to south shore beaches like Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton takes about 35 minutes.