During a recent trip to Bermuda, I looked at a number of snorkelling excursions, but they didn't seem to offer enough time in the water for me. So I checked out a number of boat rental places, and selected SB based on location and price. Relatively easy to get to by bus, but if you don't get off before the bridge (coming from Hamilton), you will have a scary walk going down a narrow road to get back to the harbour. There is a side-walk going from the earlier stop, so ask the drive to stop south of the bridge. From the harbour, we also made a side-trip by foot to Fort Scaur (15 minute walk along the railway trail), and bought some Wahoo from a seller at the road-side.
I just called up the same day, and they had lots of availability, so I didn't need to make a reservation ahead of time (in September, may be different in the summer). However, it was pretty windy that day, and a group coming in earlier was talking about how choppy it was, and how much water they took on. It was a group of six adults in the larger 17' boat, so they were riding pretty low in the water, and I found out later that SB had offered them a second boat at no charge (except for gas), which they declined. SB did offer me a larger boat, as well, but after some discussion, we took the smaller one, as it sat higher in the water than the larger one.
The advantage of the SB location is that we could head to the either side side of the island to avoid (most) of the wind, whereas H20 boat rentals had to close that day, as they were on the windy side of the island.
After pulling into the closed 9 Beaches resort, we were happily picnicing and snorkelling, when I noticed some guy on a jet-ski doing something to our boat. Luckily, it was Matt from SB who had noticed that our boat was starting to become beached, as I hadn't anchored it out far enough from shore to adjust for the tide going out! So if he hadn't come by looking for his lost phone, and thought to check out the boat, we would have been making a distress call on the (provided) cell phone pretty soon, so I was very pleased that he took the time to make sure we were OK.
At that time, he also suggested we check out the beach area near Pompano, which is normally out of bounds, but OK that day based on the wind direction. We didn't spend that much time there as our rental time was almost up, but had fun splashing around on a giant sand bar for a while. No fuss that we ended up about 10 minutes late, even though we were the last boat they were waiting for before they closed up for the day.
So for basically the same cost of a 2 hour snorkelling excursion, three of us had four hours to go where we wanted (subject to time and water conditions), and snorkel as long as we wanted wherever it looked good, with no-one else there.
The boats are a little beat up on the outside (due to poor rental drivers, not the ownership), but the motor is the key item and was new enough, started first pull, and went fast enough for what we would expect from a 30 hp. A bigger one would have been faster, but use more gas, so it was fine.
Overall, a great way to see more of the island on a private basis at a reasonable price. But if it's windy, and you're not too experienced in small boats, perhaps try another day.
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