Tuk tuks turn heads and take you back to a different time
When people see the three-wheeled black and yellow tuk tuks for the first time, they often take a second look because nothing like them has been seen on the island before. The Royal Gazette’s Stefano Ausenda took a tour in one to find out more.
Countless heads turned as soon as we rode off in our tuk tuk from Town Square in St George. Islanders’ expressions ranged from amusement to confusion as we whizzed past on our journey. Some even looked disappointed that they had not booked a tour.
The first thing that stood out for me when hopping on the tuk tuk, was the surprising amount of space. Four people could easily fit in one with plenty of room to spare.
It did not take me long to notice the fantastic breeze coming from almost every direction, which was a very nice change from the typical August heat – but if passengers find the breeze too uncomfortable or cold or if it starts to rain, both the left and right sides of the tuk tuks can zip shut.
My driver Shaun Franks, who has spent decades working in the service and hospitality industry, said that the original idea was to make it like a horse and buggy ride, without the horse.
And honestly, if I could describe how the tour felt, it would be just like that. From the steady pace of the ride to the Bermuda trivia and jokes from the driver, to the cushioned seating, the only thing on the tour that snapped me back to the 21st century was the occasional “buzz” when it speeded up.
But even that will not be a problem in a few weeks as there are plans to install Bluetooth speakers for the tuk tuks so that people can focus more on the drivers’ fascinating and fun facts instead of nearby pedestrians or traffic.
Whether you are a couple looking for a fun date, a family looking for an activity that everyone will love, a 100-year-old resident or visiting the island for the very first time, I cannot recommend the tuk tuk tours enough.
They are truly one of the most unique adventures that you will ever experience in Bermuda!
Tours are $75 an hour. People can get them from anywhere around the island; they can even pick guests up from their hotel or drop them off.
When it is ready, people can book an appointment on their website, tuktukbermuda.com, which is under construction. Typically, 24-hours notice is required.