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Bermuda boat rental

Toronto, Canada
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Bermuda boat rental

Does anyone know if you need a boating license and how difficult it is to drive a small boat in bermuda? im just looking for a boat to fit 3 people, ive never driven one but ive heard the smaller boats like boston whalers anyone can drive. Just wondering if there are any special requirements. Thanks

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1. Re: Bermuda boat rental

NO...there's no special licensing requirements for small boat rentals in Bermuda. (No '..International Boating License..' required)

Small (15'-17') outboard powered (30-40 hp) open, 'Boston Whaler-type' skiffs are fairly easy to operate and maneuver within protected/sheltered inshore waters. Where you need to be careful is '..in close..' to docks and the shore. There's a reverse gear to the motor but there are no '..brakes..'...and in close to shore, in shallow water, the motor shaft is significantly deeper than the hull.

Most rental operations will take you through an operational check-out and some may even go out with you for a brief 'check-ride' to show you how things operate and handle before sending you out on your own. If in doubt ASK.

Which boat rental operator you rent from depends largely on the area of the waters you want to explore. Simple geography, rental operators restrictions and the most efficient applitaion of S/T/D will determine this. As example, you cant rent a boat from the western shore to explore Castle Harbour/Castles Islands and a boat from a rental operation to explore the western shore isn't the best choice to explore the western shore. For the '..Paradise Lake..' area in the Great Sound, a boat from Hamilton Harbour would probably be the best choice...though a boat from a western shore operation would do.

We've always been partial to the area of the western shore, from Mangrove Bay to Somerset Bridge. This area is well protected by the broad, barrier reef offshore and has lots of likely spots to nose in to swim, snorkel and picnic. There's also the 'VIXEN' wreck located approx. 400 yards off of the Daniel's Head promontory....But the Castle Harbour/Castle Islands area in the east is quite nice as well with a couple of small islands (one with an old military fortification) that you can land at, swim, snorkel, picnic, explore.

For the area of the western shore/western Great Sound--

H20 WATERSPORTS BERMUDA (located next to the public wharf at the seaward-end of Cambridge Road) which rents 17'-ers that will carry 4-6 passengers--


SOMERSET BRIDGE WATERSPORTS--(located just west of Somerset Bridge) which rents 15'-ers that will carry 3-4 passengers--


For the area of Castle Harbour/Castle Islands, check--

BLUE HOLE WATERSPORTS--(located down at the beach at Grotto Bay Beach Resort)--


TUCKER'S POINT DIVE & WATERSPORTS CENTRE--(at the Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa)--


For the Hamilton Harbour / '..Paradise Lake..' / Great Sound areas--

AQUATIC BERMUDA--(located downtown Hamilton-Harbour)--


DREAMCATCHER BOAT RENTALS--(located downtown Hamilton Harbour)-


They're all good rental operations, with good equipment...so area to explore matters more than the rental shop.

Bear in mind a couple of '..rules..'---keep an eye out for changing weather......and if you land anywhere, leave nothing behind but footprints in the sand.

Edited: 12:38 am, May 09, 2012
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2. Re: Bermuda boat rental

Great info as usual.

We are going in july and going to rent a boat. Do have have any idea approx how much fuel would be burned during four hours of cruising realizing that some of this time would be spent getting off the boat to swim or chill on a small beach. I notice they have jet ski tours which last one hour but do not see any body who rents them for more than one hour to go on our own

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3. Re: Bermuda boat rental

>>>Do have have any idea approx how much fuel would be burned during four hours of cruising<<<

As you might expect, fuel useage will depend on where you go and how long you run...but 4-6 gallons is probably average. Gas prices in Bermuda will run in the $8/gal. range.

>>> jet ski tours which last one hour but do not see any body who rents them for more than one hour to go on our own<<<

To the best of my knowledge, all jet-ski rentals are part of an 'escorted tour' excursion. None of the jet-ski rental operation rent 'em on an hourly, unescorted, '..free ride..' basis. Jet-skis are too expensive...Bermuda has too many rocks...There are too many boneheaded tourists...and the broken, battered and drowned bodies of boneheaded tourists, who've wrecked expensive jet-skis on the rocks and had the bad taste to wash ashore on her beaches is bad for Bermuda's tourism image....more importantly, hard on the expensive equipment.

Cape May, New Jersey
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H2o water sports staff was outstanding. We rented one of their 17 twin Vee and the boat was in excellent running condition and was perfect for the water conditions. We contacted them via e-mail and when we arrived everything was ready for us. Being a licensed captain and on the waters of New Jersey all my life I know what is the best type of boat to use and a H20 has what I believe to be the best type to enjoy both the protected and open waters. The other companies have flat bottom boats and if you want to get wet and bounced around go for it, but if you want comfort and safety go for the catamarans at h20. Water sports rental, and that goes for a great, helpful staff. I highly recommend H2O and I plan to rent from them again.

Richmond Hill...
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5. Re: Bermuda boat rental

A couple of years ago I took a couple of teenagers around Castle Harbour, in a 14 ft Blue Hole Watersports boat - what a great afternoon adventure. We dropped anchor in 2 ft of water, off one island, and snorkelled/waded 500 yards to the island with the wrecked fortifications.

We didn't go looking for HMS Cerebus, but did see another wreck on the shore. We stayed inside Castle Harbour, and spotted several turtles on the surface.

Weather permitting, my wife and I will make the same trip next week, and I was looking for Blue Hole Watersports' name, so I could make a reservation. So thanks, KDKSAIL.

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6. Re: Bermuda boat rental

Your welcome....but all I did was provide some basic information. You put it to use, packaged your own customized, family excursion...and Bermuda did what Bermuda does best...it provided the idylic location...and the turtle.

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