Bermuda Boat Rentals
If you are looking for great boat rental companies in Bermuda who offer motorized and sail boats on rent for recreational boating, you are at the right place These boats are non-crewed and you need to drive or steer the boat yourself. Such boats are ideal to privately explore various parts of Bermuda's inland and offshore water areas, coastline, snorkel and dive sites, caves and even many tiny islands and beaches that are otherwise inaccessible by larger sail boats.
Photo: Blue Hole Water Sports
However, if you are looking for a private chartered boat or yacht with crew and experienced captain, then go through Bermuda Charter Boats
for the best options.
The self-driven boats are usually rented out on hourly rates, or you can rent for half or a full day. Depending on the type of boat, a half-day (4 hours) rental charge may vary from $275 to $400. Additionally you pay for the consumed fuel. The operators give you all the instructions about what to do in different situations and provide you with all safety gears.
So even if you are a novice, you should be able to navigate the boat along the waters. Usually no radio device is provided. So carry your own cell phone for emergency contacts if necessary. Some operators of course do provide cell phones for emergencies. Also due to long sun exposures, use sun block lotions adequately and carry enough drinking water.
By law, the following safety equipment should be provided by all boat rental companies in Bermuda:
Flares (red, rocket, smoke)
Anchor with rope
Fantasea Diving and Water Sports
They offer 23-ft Pontoon Beach Catamaran which has a capacity of 10 persons. Key features includes - full tank fuel, cooler with ice, safety equipment, map of the island, snorkel gears, floating noodles, radio/CD player, marine head toilet etc. They are located at the Royal Naval Dockyard
where most cruise ships dock. You can optionally hire a captain if you don't want to drive the boat.
They also offer another 23-ft Premium Pontoon Rental which additionally has a power flush on the marine head, A full bimini (canopy) cover. This boat is 1 foot wider.
23-ft Pontoon Boat
Fantasea also has a 13-ft self driven Boston Whaler which you can rent for half or full day.
They operate out of several locations including Royal Naval Dockyard (i.e. the Kings Wharf port area), Hamilton (from the marina of Hamilton Princess hotel), Southampton (from the Waterlot Dock of Fairmont Southampton hotel X Temporarily Closed) and St. George (from waterfront of White Horse Tavern).
Boat Fleet of KS Watersports
They offer 23ft Premium Pontoon Boats (with a capacity of up to 10 persons), 16ft Boston Whaler (up to 4 persons) and 13ft Boston Whaler (up to 3 persons). Fuel has to be paid in actual. All boats have built-in cooler with complimentary ice, all safety gears, boarding ladder, shaded canopy, anchor with rope and chain etc. Snorkel gears, noodles, music system, food & drinks are offered at extra cost.
They are located at Kings Point in Sandys and very convenient for exploring the three islands (Inner, Middle and Outer) that are located off Bermuda's western coastline. Their locations is close to Royal Naval Dockyard (i.e. Kings Wharf Port area).
They offer a 17ft 40hp stable and spacious motorized catamaran that can accommodate up to 4 persons. The boat comes with a sun shade and features such as ice cooler (free), noodles (free), snorkel and fishing gears, baits etc. The boat is ideal for romantic cruising, island hopping or even fishing.
You can also rent the Hobie Wave Catamarans which is a high performance sailboat. You can sail solo or with another person (it can accommodate up to two persons). One needs basic knowledge of sailing.
H2O also offers Dinghies that can accommodate 2 persons.
For details including rates, go through H2O Sports
Blue Hole Water Sports
They are located at Grotto Bay Beach Hotel at the eastern part of Bermuda and great for exploring the islands at Castle Harbor including the Castel Island and Castle Point Nature Reserve. They offer Boston Whalers fitted with Yamaha Engines which can accommodate up to 4 persons. The boats have canopy shades, map and all safety gears including cell phones. Snorkel gears and cooler are complimentary.
Photo: Blue Hole Water Sports
They also offer small battery operated boats, sail boats (experience required), paddle boats, etc.
They operate from the Robinsons Marina next to the Somerset Bridge in Sandy's parish. The location is close to the Royal Naval Dockyard (Kings Wharf). They are convenient for exploring the islands at the Ely's Harbor and beyond.
They offer 13ft/30hp (for up to 4 persons) as well as 15ft/50hp (for up to 6 persons) Boston Whalers that can move at a max speed of 30 miles per hour. The boats have retractable sunshades.
Photo: BDA Watersports
All safety equipment are provided on the boats. Boats have extra back up fuel tank and boarding ladder. Snorkel and fishing gears are provided at extra cost.
They also have 23ft Pontoon boats that can accommodate up to 12 persons. The boats have 50hp turn key engines, bimini shades, bluetooth stereo systems etc.
Complimentary offers (for all boats) include a cooler packed with ice and 4 bottles of water, bread to feed the fish and noodles (on request).
Bermuda Electric Boat Company
They have a fleet of electrically (battery) operated boats with canopy shades each of which can accommodate up to 10 persons. The boats are 18ft long and comfortable, and can cruise at 4-6mph. The boats have built-in bluetooth stereos. You can easily self-drive these boats.
Photo: Bermuda Electric Boat Company
Rental Rates: $125/hour, $400 for 4 Hours, $700 for 8 Hours
They are located on Hamilton Harbor.
Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton, Bermuda
Island Tour Center
They are a tour booking company but also have a tie up with Fantasea Diving and Watersports. So, you can rent the same boats through them that Fantasea offers, i.e., 23ft premium or standard pontoon boats, 13ft Boston Whaler etc at the same rate.
Island Tour Center operates from Dockyard (near the cruise piers where they have a kiosk) and Hamilton (near the ferry dock).
Phone: +1 (441) 236-1300
Summer: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, (Monday to Sunday)
Winter: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, (Monday to Friday)
So what can you explore with a rental boat?
Before you select a boat and a rental operator for yourself, won't you like to decide which water area, islands and coastline you want to explore? Because that will essentially determine which operator should you go for. Depending on the coastline you choose (western, northern, eastern etc), the water areas in Bermuda can offer you different surprises and treasures.
By Raj Bhattacharya
Raj, a seasoned travel writer and Bermuda destination expert, has extensive global travel experience. This website reflects his profound insights, garnered over nearly two decades of dedicated findings and research on the island. Raj has assisted countless Bermuda-bound visitors by providing direct, personalized responses to their queries and imparting his wealth of knowledge through this platform. This site serves as an indispensable guide for those seeking informed and reliable insights into Bermuda's treasures.
Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Laura Allen (October 2015)
Hi, Raj. I have a couple of questions about renting a boat. We will be arriving by Ship. I read that if you rent a Boston Whaler or twin Vee around Somerset Village, you cannot go very far out from the shore. So my question (besides which is more stable, a whaler or twin Vee?) is if this is going to be your only time to Bermuda, would you rent a 17Ft. Twin Vee at Sandy Parrish at H2O for 4 hours, or go to Blue Hole Watersports and rent a Boston Whaler for 4 hours? It sounds like the scenery (St. George Harbor, St. David's island) is more beautiful and more to see than if you are down at Somerset Village. Which would be your recommendation? We'd like to snorkel, have a picnic and enjoy the views of Bermuda. Would it be difficult or confusing to try to get to the Blue Hole Watersports since it seems farther from the ship than H2O? What do you suggest? Thanks so much for your help in making a brief time a great experience.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) October 2015
Hi Laura, I personally like Boston Whaler over Twin Vee, and find it more stable. In western waters, you can boat to the Middle Kings Point Island (from H2O Sports location) which has a small lovely beach and great for picnic. The Castle Harbor at the eastern end is overall more scenic and has numerous tiny islands many of which are unnamed, have tiny beaches with shallows (great for snorkeling). To get to Blue Hole Watersports, take a ferry to Hamilton, then bus #10 or 11.... it's a bit cumbersome, but well worth it.
Jim Cragen (June 2014)
Raj, great website. From your experience, which is the best boat rental (non-charter) near Kings Wharf, full day 1st week in July, fishing and bait and boats in good condition?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2014
Hi, You can try Somerset Bridge Watersports or H2O Sports.