The manager of Rainbow Rentals composed
these comments in reply to an email from a person planning to
visit Abaco. We think they are of interest to many potential boat
renters .- ed.
are the basic Requirements for renting a boat?
Renters needs to be at least 21-years of age, be holding a valid
driver's license from their home country, and have either a Visa
or MasterCard credit card. Sorry, but no American Express and
other cards are not accepted.
I am a novice boater, can I
safely operate a Rainbow Rentals' Boat?
Rentals are made available to novices. When renting a
boat we explain and go through the boats with you. We also give
you charts with compass headings to show you the way throughout
the hub of the Abaco's.
We then take you out in the boat and explain the different
colors of the water and how color indicates depth so that you
can recognize and avoid shallow areas. We then turn the boat
over to you and let you bring it back into our dock.
I want to Water Ski or do some
Deep Sea Fishing.
I'm sorry but we do not permit water skiing with our boats. Deep
sea fishing and boating in the open ocean is also prohibited
unless prior approval for for such activities is obtained in
writing from the office of Rainbow Rentals.
What about Places to Snorkel?
Mermaid's Reef and Sandy Cay, are two sites
preserved for snorkeling and easily reached in one of our boats.
Fowl Cay and Johnny's Cay are also two snorkeling sites for the
more experienced boaters. We ask that nothing be removed
from Mermaid's Reef and the Sandy Cay sites as both are protected
Land & Sea parks, and it is illegal to take anything from
them. Thanks for your consideration in helping to preserve our
What if we develop Engine
If you develop any engine problems you are covered in the
north by Abaco Yacht Services, to the south by Light House
Marina and anywhere in between by Abaco Outboards along with
yours truly. We have our own Chase Boat.
What do you suggest for day
A good day
trip would be to leave Marsh Harbour and travel south to Little
Harbour which is the home of Johnston's studio. Mr. Johnston,
who passed away several years ago, was a well known
sculptor, and his studio and foundry are neat places to visit -
his son Pete continues there now. Between the work at the
Foundry and Pete's Pub, he stays very busy during the season. On
your way back you can stop off at Sandy Cay for some great
snorkeling. For lunch, stop at Hopetown and visit the famous
candy striped lighthouse. You can stroll along the beautiful
beach and snorkel the reef off the Eastern side of the Island.
Green Turtle Cay.
good day trip would be to travel north to Green Turtle Cay which
is another beautiful and very picturesque settlement (as is
Halfway there is Guana Cay. Go in and say HI to Johnny
at Nippers. He's a man that works 7 days a week, especially on Sundays
basting the tastiest wild boar in the northern Bahamas and
hosting the weekly "pigroast" with is probably the
biggest weekly party around. It's many of our customers
Once you arrive in Green Turtle Cay, 26 miles north of Marsh
Harbour, you would have the opportunity of visiting the Alton
Lowe Art Gallery, Green Turtle Historical Museum and Sculpture
Garden. On this trip there are excellent shelling beaches as
well as snorkeling sites.
And we haven't even mentioned Man O' War Cay, Treasure
Cay, Baker's Bay ...
You can day trip to a
different spot for a month and return to every one for a