Log In

Reset Password

Up, up, and away - coming to Bermuda soon?

A Bermuda tour operator is hoping to show visitors a different view of Dockyard from hundreds of feet in the air.

Michael Heslop, owner of Fantasea Bermuda, has sought planning permission to install an AeroBalloon attraction in Dockyard near the Clocktower Mall.

Using a helium balloon tethered to the ground, as many as five customers and a tour operator could be lifted hundreds of feet into the air in a wicker gondola. There, customers have the opportunity to take in spectacular views of the entire Island.

It's not yet known exactly how the operation would work in Bermuda but the AeroBalloon is designed to reach an altitude of 350ft and operate in winds as high as 25mph.

The balloon could remain tethered in place in the event of higher winds, but would have to be deflated and repackaged should the winds exceed 60mph.

Visitors would be brought slowly back to Earth after spending a few minutes in the air using an electric wench. A non-electric system is also in place should there be a power outage.

In his application to the Development Applications Board, Mr Heslop hopes to have the attraction up and running on a temporary basis next month.

He wrote: “We are of the view that it will be well received by visiting tourists and locals alike as a relatively affordable form of entertainment.

“At this height, passengers are able to enjoy a magnificent panorama of the Bermuda islands as well as the cruise ships and other sites in spectacular Dockyard.”

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published March 19, 2012 at 10:00 am (Updated March 19, 2012 at 10:12 am)

Up, up, and away - coming to Bermuda soon?

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon