FRIDAY, MAY 18: Bermuda Day — May 24 — is traditionally the first day of the year when we swim in our aquamarine waters.
But if the beaches are too crowded for you and you prefer a bit more solitude, why not hire a boat to get out on the water.
From kicking back with a beer and a ‘noodle’ to snorkelling or fishing, or just enjoying the our beautiful scenery, a day on a boat is good for the soul.
There are plenty of companies which charter boats in Bermuda. And if you prefer a little more action you could try Jet Skiing or parasailing.
Here is a brief guide to hiring a boat:
The watersports company has 15 vessels to choose from and each charter comes with a captain and crew.
Fantasea also runs snorkelling trips, eco tours, glass-bottom boat excursions, parasailing, Jet Skis and kayaking. Go to www.fantasea.bm or call 236-1300.
Blue Hole Water Sports
Hire a Boston Whaler to explore Castle Island or St George’s Harbour.
These ‘unsinkable’ 13 ft boats are easy to maneouvre. They have bimini tops to protect you from the sun, plus safety gear, snorkelling equipment and coolers.
Alternatively, hire out a Sunfish to sail Grotto Bay or a kayak to explore Whalebone Bay or Walsingham Nature Reserve. Contact 293-2915 or 293-8333.
Dreamcatcher Boat Rentals
Dreamcatcher boats are easy to handle and comfortable, for an ideal excursion to Paradise Lakes for a picnic and swimming.
See www.dreamcatcherboatrentals.com or call 533-7326.
Why not go Jet Skiing, parasailing or take a WildCat adventure? Call 238-4155.
Somerset Bridge Bermuda Watersports
Explore the natural wonders of the western parishes on a Jet Ski, or hire a kayak or boat.
Highlights include Mangrove Bay, the HMS Vixen shipwreck, the Sea Gardens, and other secluded beaches and reefs.
Call 234-0914 / 3145.
From Boston Whalers to 23 ft ‘Beachcat’ pontoons, you can hire a self-drive boat to steer your own course for adventure.
Find a secluded beach for a picnic or spend an afternoon snorkelling.
Snorkelling guides and maps, emergency cellphones, oversized fuel tanks, dry storage bags, 3ft long swim ladders, coolers and ‘noodles’.
Instruction in the basics of boating is also available.