Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Got kids? Traveling to Bermuda? Then look no further than the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, otherwise known as BUEI. As this eight-minute Voyage.TV video attests, the 40,000-square-foot discovery center is chock full of family-friendly exhibits designed to acquaint visitors with the mysteries of the ocean. You’ll learn about Bermuda’s more than 300 shipwrecks and tour collections of artifacts pulled from sunken ships; discover why the island’s sand is pink; and tour special exhibits, like its recent collection of memorabilia and relics recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic. Shell collectors will love the Jack Lightbourne shell collection, with more than 1,000 species of mollusks on display and young explorers will get a kick out of the underwater simulator, which recreates a submarine dive in Bermuda’s waters (that's a picture of it above; the "Nautilus 2 Experimental Sub." Paintjob anyone?). Of course you don’t have to be a Hannah Montana or Zac Efron fan to enjoy BUEI, but if it rains anywhere near as much as it did last weekend, it’s a great stop on a cloudy day.