Bermuda Crewed Charter Boats
Yacht or boat charters in Bermuda offer great sailing experience in a private group. Boat charters in Bermuda are not exactly cheap. But if you want exclusive experience of exploring water areas & islands, glass bottom views of corals & marine life, sunset views, BBQ on board, cocktail party etc, Bermuda boat chartering is the way to go.
You can even combine activities like swimming, snorkeling or kayaking with the private boating trip. If you are planning to be in Bermuda in a private group of 20 or so, a boat charter may turn out to be an easily affordable option. If you are on a honeymoon, you are liberal anyway on spending ;-)
During our many vacations in Bermuda, we had gone around to find out the best charter boat operators, offering best of yachts, catamarans and motorized boats at an affordable prices. We figured out that in Bermuda there are more than 20 power cruisers and sailing boats piloted by experienced local captains which are available for charters.
Primarily 30 to 60-foot boats, most charter yachts or boats can carry up to 30 persons, and some even offer overnight sailing. There are of course small self driven motorboats
too available on rental which are good for 2 to 6 persons (depending on size).
There are few charter boats that have much larger capacity of about 200 or even more. These are usually chartered for corporate excursion or wedding parties, and are quite expensive. In a charter cruise, where you go and what you do is usually up to you and the captain of the boat. Usually the captains prefer travelling to and around the small islands of the Great Sound
water area. This is a relatively calm and protected water area.
Several captains advertise year-round operations, but the off-season schedules can be quite irregular. Captains usually use this off-season period for maintenance and repairs. Sometimes they close the operation altogether if bookings are low.
During the high season (May to October), there is usually a large demand for Bermuda boat charter. Incase you are looking to charter a boat in Bermuda, it’s advisable to book well in advance and before you reach the island.
Out of the many boat charters that we have explored, following are at the top of our list.
Captain Zuill operates "Shekynah", a 51ft Morgan charter sail boat since 1997. The boat is large enough to accommodate 25 passengers and can take you to some great places where some of the other boats will struggle.
They have a 78-ft air-conditioned luxury motor boat available on charter. It can accommodate up to 100 persons, but for proper comfort you group size should be within 85. It has a fully stocked bar, adequate space for DJs, upper deck accessible with stairs and having partial biminy top, couple of toilets etc. The boat is well maintained and captained by Steven 'Cooky' Brown who has lots of experience in Bermuda's water.
Ocean Breeze Sail Charters
Skippered by very experienced captains like Mike and Jerry, they offer several boats of different types including Morgan Out Island 41' with capacity of up to 20, Morgan Schooner 60' with capacity of up to 30, Morgan Ketch 51' with capacity of up to 25 persons (the last two being 3-masted sail boats).
They offer different set sailing tours like Sail & Swim (3 hours), Sunset Sail (2 hours), Round The Island (up to 12 hours) etc. However you can combine more than one tours or customize.
Tours depart from several convenient locations across the island including Dockyard, Hamilton and St. George. Minimum group size is 6 for the set tours. The company is located in St. George off Water Street. Phone: (441) 334-9846; Email: [email protected]
This 45-foor sloop has a bimini shaded cockpit at the center allowing easy access all around the deck. It also has air-conditioned sleeping provisions for six at the lower deck.
Here again you have option of chartering large or small boats. Tam Marina, by the way, also organizes great cocktail cruises in private charter boats. So if you are keen to watch the sunset on Atlantic while sipping your favorite drink, Tam marina can be a great option out of all the Bermuda charter boats. Know more about this Bermuda boat charter.
If you are looking to charter a yacht, this outfitter can offer excellent options with three different kinds of Morgan yachts (41, 51 and 60-foot in size).
Fantasea gives you several options for boat charter. You can take the motor yacht The Looking Glass for glass bottom view and sightseeing tours or take an Eco tour by Fatasea's powered catamaran Eco Xpress. Find out more about these charter boats.
You have an option of chartering Rising Son-II, an excellent catamaran having 80 person capacity, or the Son Splash with 30 person capacity. Both can be used for water activities. However, Son Splash is particularly designed in such a way so that you can spend lot of your time in water sports.
Their 27-ft motorized boat is a Sea Ray Express Bridge which has an air-conditioned cabin and can accommodate up to 20 persons. You can charter the boat for private cruises like on-boat function or party (a bar can be set up), sunset cruise, cocktail cruise etc. Snorkeling gears included in the rates. Indicative rates: $275 per hour with minimum 3 hours, additional hours after 8 hours is $150.
Exclusive Charters Boat
This is a 65-ft sailing boat operating out of the eastern water areas of Bermuda. You can charter the boat for half day, full day or even several days of sailing. You can experience sailing in both in-shore water areas of Castle Harbor as well as open ocean sailing.
Moby Dick Charters
If you are planning a sunset or sightseeing cruise in St. Georges, then this can be a great option. Captain Peter Rodday (known as Pete) will be happy to show you the wonderful secluded islands of the eastern water, historic forts, traditional Bermuda cottages on the shoreline, a shipwreck (Typhoon) and more. You might be able to even spot a green turtle or a long tail bird along the way.
Moby Dick Charters
This is a 40-ft boat made in St. George's in 1960s with its hull made of Bermuda Cedar. It can accommodate up to 16 persons. He also offers private whale watching tours (in season). You can charter the boat for half day or full day and even customize your tour. Half day charter rate is $650 (4 hours), full day $1,200 (8 hours). You can bring your own food and beverages.
Sanctuary Marine Charters
This is a 53-ft Rivera sport fishing boat which can be privately chartered. It has a cypacity of 10 (however for offshore fishing up to 6 persons can board).
The boat was built in 2008. A 13-foot rigid inflatable tender is offered on request at no additional cost. This can carry 4 persons and can be used to explore the shallow inlets and bays. Tours include lunch or dinner cruise, day tour, evening tours, whale watching tour (during season) etc. The boat comes equipped with air-conditioning, satellite radio, fridges, freezers, two heads with showers, snorkel gear etc. Complimentary soft drinks are served while you can purchase beer and other alcoholic beverages.
Sanctuary Charters Boat
Indicative Rates: Day cruising first hour $300, additional hour $275, minimum 2 hours. Evening cruise first hour $400, additional hour $275, minimum 2 hours.
They also have a classic sailboat for charter - 1972 Pearson 35 sailing yacht built by Grumman. Snorkel gear, rum swizzle, wine/cocktails, and food can be arranged.
Although Captain Tony had to sell of his 22-ft glass bottom boat Coral Reefer which could accommodate 14 persons, he also has 23-ft Beachcat Pontoon boat which can carry up to 10 persons, and also a 17-ft Boston Whaler with 40hp engine which can carry up to 6 persons. Both these boats are available for charters from their Hamilton location.
True Bermuda Charters
This is a relatively new company offering charter sail on their Lagoon 400 Catamaran known as Azalea. Beautiful from outside as well as inside, Azalea has enough space both on the deck and below the deck and can accommodate up to 25 persons. Operated by Nicole and Josh, all their charter sailing include two Crystal Clear Kayaks (bottom transparent), Standup Paddle Boards, snorkel gear, and tubes/noodles for swimming.
Catamaran of True Bermuda
The Private Sailing Charters for groups are customized as per requirement. They can take you to lovely shipwreck area, or reef area where you can snorkel/swim and watch wonderful marine life, sail around the Great Sound, do some cliff jumping at Admiralty House Park etc. Charter rate starts from $350 per hour (minimum 3 hours). They also offer Liveaboard Charter with adventure and entertainment.
True Bermuda Charters operate all year. The pick up point is flexible and can be mutually agreed upon (it could be Hamilton, dockyard or St. George).
Barefoot Cruises X No longer in operation
The small boats of capacity 20 or 10 are available only on private charter.
Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Jim and Lori Sylvia (May 2014) - Overnight Crewed Charter Boat
Hi, My wife and I arrive Bermuda on June 19th depart June 22nd. Looking for 1 to potentially 2 days on a charter with an experienced captain. Power or sail ok. want to snorkel, swim and relax with good food and drink. Any recommendations? Thanks very much.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2014
Hi, You can consider Venetian (Email: [email protected]
). They have a 100-ft luxury motor boat and offer customized & overnight charter cruises. You can take it to secluded bays or water areas, swim, snorkel etc. It has four luxury cabins, fly bridge, marble top bar, deck area with lounge chairs to relax, swimming platform at the stern (they offer snorkel gears), exclusive dining room etc. They have extensive food menu and good selection of wine & cocktails. Although the boat can accommodate more than 25 persons, they also have packages and rates for a couple. It's operated by experienced captain and crew.