Planning a snorkeling trip on the 3rd week of August (16th or 17th) for a week. I don't want to ask questions that many people already asked, so I'm more just asking for confirmations of what I've learned in my research.
1: Weather - I'm worried about the hurricane season, but read that it's no big deal, and the weather, while cannot be guaranteed, should be ok during that week. Is this right?
2: Beach Snorkeling - We love snorkeling, but we're looking for really the best. Best we've seen is St. John and Turks/Caicos. I know people recommend Church Bay, Sapphire Beach, and Tabacco Bay to name a few, I'm more curious as to the conditions in August, like the waves and wind that could really mess up the visibility and conditions. Any thoughts?
3: Place to stay - We planned to stay originally in Somerset, but then realized that it is anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hour from the airport. We want to be able to reach everywhere. So we ended up in a vacation rental in Pembroke. Is that a good safe place to stay and are there any good snorkeling there within walking distance? Place has a kitchen, any good grocery stores in Pembroke?
4: Scooter rental - I know people recommend oleandercycles. But less about the price, I'm more concerned about safety. I heard people get into accidents and roads can be slick and not paved. Is it that scary? I originally wanted to rent it for a week to travel all over the island and visit all the beaches to snorkel during the week, but is that even practical? Or should just rent it for a day or two since it looks like they deliver? Because the way I see it, there are a bunch of snorkeling beaches near the bottom middle to south bay...probably could take the bus?
5: Boat rentals - in addition to snorkeling from beach, I was really excited at the boat rental idea...to be able to rent a boat (just the two of us) and explore the seas. From this thread:
It looks like there are several rental places in different places. My question, does it matter where I rent it? If I rent for an afternoon or even a day, is that enough to go all around the island? Of if that's not possible, then I gotta choose where I take off...so where would be best to explore and snorkel (picking from the places listed in that link)? Is there a place in Pembroke?
Of course wife would get sick of snorkeling at some point. Any other "must see" places in Bermuda?
Thanks for all the help. I tried to do as much research as I can before I ask a question...let me know if I'm completely off on some of these.