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Self-drive Bora Bora Boat Rental

Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

From $169.19

per group (up to 2)

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 to 8 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Control your own adventure when you rent and drive your own boat in Bora Bora. Choose from a half or full-day rental and explore the idyllic coastline as you wish. Stop to snorkel at a coral garden, anchor at beautiful beaches, and relax in the shade as you admire the views from your boat. You’ll be given a detailed map and helpful itinerary suggestions.
  • You don’t need a boat license to rent a boat
  • Fuel for the boat is included
  • Ideal for travelers who prefer touring independently
  • On-board safety equipment is provided

What's Included

  • Gasoline
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Hotel Maitai Polynesia
    Vaitape, Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

    Bateaux sur la plage de l'Hotel Maitai Polynesia.

Pickup point

  • VAITAPE

Start time

Opening hours

  • 4/1/2020 - 12/25/2023

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

The boats for rent are located in Matira, on the beach of the HOTEL MAITAI. Upon request, we'll be pleased to offer free roundtrip car transfer from the main island. If staying in a Resort located on a motu (except Four Seasons & St Regis), you'll just need to take the shuttle boat of the hotel and we’ll meet you upon arrival at the pier.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
Operated by La Plage Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

about cancellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Self-drive Bora Bora Boat Rental?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Self-drive Bora Bora Boat Rental?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Self-drive Bora Bora Boat Rental?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Self-drive Bora Bora Boat Rental?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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5.0
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This was a great way to...
Christopher_E, Nov 2022
This was a great way to see the lagoons on our time line, the whole day rental is a must!! You will not be disappointed!!
Must do in Bora Bora
Charles_M, Oct 2022
Had a wonderful time. Picked up at pier and dropped off afterwards. Simple and easy. This was the best thing we did in Bora Bora. No stress and so peaceful.
So glad we did this!
Tamra_B, Oct 2022
My husband and I had the best time on this little boat. We loved the freedom it gave us to tootle around the island and see areas we couldn’t have seen. We went snorkeling at the coral garden and some beautiful fish. Anchoring was easy as it’s so shallow. We would definitely do it again. The owner was lovely and picked us up from our hotel. One of our highlights so far on our trip.
Amazing Experience!! (A detailed review)
Jessica_C, Sep 2022
This was an amazing experience! Since this was our first time boating solo and our first time to Bora Bora, here is a detailed, objective review - hopefully it helps. We ended up doing it 2 days in a row - the first day on the 6hp Quintrex boat (no license required) and the second day on the 30hp pontoon boat (license required). The people: The owner, Frank, and all of his staff were so friendly, warm, and helpful. They were very communicative when we had questions in advance through Viator. Once we got to Bora Bora, Frank was right on time to pick us up both days in a row and very kindly even accommodated a pit stop on the way so that we could stop at the grocery store. The office is located in the Maitai hotel and is very nice - also great that it is right across the road from the actual beach/boats. One of his staff, I think Jeff, who explained all the rules and recommendations to us, gave an excellent explanation and was also very funny. Frank and his wife have been on the island for well over a decade and were really great to chat with. 6hp Quintrex: We got a boat license ahead of time based on one of the other comments and emphatically recommend it so you can get the 30hp pontoon (course was very easy, costed $10 through our state of California and it did take 4 hours or so but you can multitask and break it up). However, the first day the 30hp was booked (perhaps we should have reserved it ahead of time but didn't think to do so) so we took the 6hp Quintrex, which is the little orange boats in the photos. It was just big enough to fit the both of us and definitely was not very fast, though we didn't think it was as slow as some other reviews seem to have felt. Since it was our first time operating a boat ourselves, and that day it was ~20mph and somewhat choppy, we didn't venture too far. The recommended route is counterclockwise, so the Maitai hotel is at 6 o clock and you work your way backwards around the island. There is an L-shaped motu that forms the right side of Bora Bora (Piti Aau), and we hung out on a very, very nice beach there and had it basically to ourselves, except some adorable and sweet stray dogs to whom we donated half our food. It only took about 20-30 minutes to get there. 30hp Pontoon: This was the true experience! It was a lot roomier, felt a lot more stable, and went way faster. It was definitely worth getting the license for! The wind was about the same that day, but things felt much safer and more manageable on this boat. We went all the way to the halfway point (Motu Tevairoa), but it was quite windy and choppy on that side even on the beach, despite it being shallower. We didn't feel too comfortable staying but there was also little appeal to. Given all that, and there aren't as many recommended stopping points on the second half of the island, we went back east to an amazing, very calm beach between the Four Seasons and the St Regis (our favorite beach on the island). It did take us longer to go backwards because we were working against the current, but it was still only about 30-40 minutes from the Conrad back to the Maitai. Safety: Overall we felt very safe on both boats, even despite the wind, but you do have to use your common sense and stay aware and we would say this experience is not for everyone (and probably not for children). With the smaller boat, we would have felt uncomfortable on the airport side with the waves/wind (they don't rent these boats on certain days because of this). FYI, the current/wind comes from the southeast, so it doesn't seem like it's possible to accidentally "drift out of the lagoon" on that side (maybe the airport side though). That said, definitely pick the places where you swim very carefully regardless of which boat - the current can be very, very strong, especially at the southeast (which is where people snorkel for rays/sharks) and northwest sides. It's a lagoon, but it's still open water! Because of this we opted not to stop at coral gardens, but lots of people stop there so maybe it isn't that bad. And the water is very deep in the middle of the lagoon. On the plus side, there are lots of boats out, so it would likely not be hard to spot you in the water if you need help provided you have a life jacket on. The company also provides a radio phone, life vests, and a map of the island with the route, recommended stops, and areas to avoid marked out very accurately. I think we had internet at all points, but just in case, we HIGHLY recommend downloading a Google map of the island so that you can track exactly where you are on the company map and make sure you are staying within the right areas and aren't getting near coral (there are some forbidden areas you have to stay out of to avoid damaging coral/getting stuck). With the current/wind and a small boat/engine, it's important to monitor your course. We had Google maps up continuously when on the move. We didn't have any issues with boat traffic - there were lots of other, larger and faster boats in the lagoon but they give you a wide berth. Tips: As others mentioned, the company provides a cooler and ice, but it saves time to go grocery shopping the day before if you can. Chin Lee has all the basics - we got sandwich ingredients, chips, and water. You can also rent snorkel gear at the office if you'd like. Time/Duration: We stayed out the entire day both days (~8:30-5). On the Quintrex more time is devoted to travelling, but by staying close we got to enjoy a lot of time in one spot (which was so good we didn't feel the need to move). On the 30hp, we stopped briefly at 3 spots and stayed for several hours at a fourth spot, and got back right at 5pm. If you don't want to stop much, you probably don't need the full day (they say it takes 1 hr to travel the diameter of the island in any direction, I believe only with the 30hp though). Overall, we had an amazing time and having the opportunity to go out on our own was very unique and special. If (or rather when) we come back to Bora Bora, we will most likely do this again. Thank you La Plage!
Not worth it
Amanda_R, Jul 2022
We saw some sting rays and many beautiful fish near the coral, but this boat is so small, tippy and not powerful at all. It took so long to get even a short distance and the semi-choppy water made it feel a little unsafe. It’s no surprise but our guided tours took us to much better viewing locations than the ones marked on a map for us to stop on our own. We also had to pay for a boat shuttle from our resort to the main island to start this tour so it really didn’t save us much money at all.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Sirs. We regret the experience you had was not as you had expected. Probably on the Quintrex boat (the smaller one, for 2 people)? In case of "semi-choppy water", our team is giving information beforehand in the real conditions so that our guest can decide if they want to go and we of course may decide to cancel if needed. As for the comparison to guided tours, the rental is effectively a different experience, and that's why our guests often enjoy to do both very often during their sojourn. We thank you however for underlying those specificities and get profit to invite our guests on getting informed about: - what you can do when renting the boat (all information is available on the web site); - if ever you may have fees for a transfer from the Resort where you'll be staying (this is independent of our Company and for any activity on the main island). Thank you!
Good experience
Rosen_S, Jul 2022
Good experience, worth renting the boat for 4 or 6 hours. 8 is a bit too much. Also, note that weather in Bora Bora is very inconsistent and changes rapidly. Look at the forecast and don't rent if it's windy, cloudy or it rains as it could ruin your experience. We got lucky and the weather was nice for most of the time.
Small boat in a big lagoon
Matthew_H, May 2022
Warning. It is a very small boat with a very slow engine. We are very familiar with boats and were nervous taking such a little boat into the ocean. Even though it’s a lagoon it can get a little windy and rough which is unnerving in a 13 foot boat with 6 HP engine. It would take 4 hours non stop to get around the island. The company also charged us 150 dollars just to get a ride from the four seasons which was almost as much as the four hour rental. We did however use the company the day before on a private boat tour with Captain upa and he was wonderful. I think these self rental little boats just left much to be desired. Perhaps a party barge would have been better?
1 traveler found this review helpful
Freedom from crowds
Tomas_H, Mar 2022
All was great except the anchor line was too short to safely anchor in rough weather like we had that day. Should of been at least 25 feet.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Boat rental
Michael_D, Nov 2020
Awesome experience, the boat was easy to handle and the map was easy to follow the coral garden was the best. Plus you have the boat to yourself and can stay in places at your own pace. I definitely recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Nov 2020
Ia Orana Michael, Thank you for your comments and your recommendation. We are delighted that you had an "awesome experience" with us. The opinions of our customers are very valuable and we attach a great importance. We hope to see you again in the future. Sunny regards, All the Team of La Plage
Great experience once we got in contact with the provider directly
Ryan_C, Sep 2020
The provider somehow got incorrect information on where to meet us. Make sure to confirm with feedback beforehand. Make sure you have a local phone number before you go, so last minute problems can be handled, as it might be difficult to communicate over email while traveling. Note that you will not be talking to Viator at that point.
Response from Host, Sep 2020
Dear Ryan, We thank you for your time with those useful recommendations. I presume your visit was early September when arriving on the cruise ship? We effectively can remember the email matter! Hopefully we could find each other & we're happy you had a "Great experience" with us. Thank you Ryan. All the best to you & Mrs.
Anyone can do it!
Omar_O, Feb 2020
Even though the weather was not optimal, we had a terrific time driving our own rented boat to go back to our favorite snorkeling place and have lunch in the boat. Excellent instructions by Jeff. Frank, the owner, picked us up and drove us back to the dock and was fabulous. Would do it again!
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Ia Orana oondoy, We appreciate the time you have taken to share a kind review on TripAdvisor about our services. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your Self-drive Boat Rental. Thank you for choosing our company and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Warmest Regards, All the Team of La Plage
1 traveler found this review helpful
Had fun boating around Bora Bora!
Albee_W, Oct 2019
We had lots of fun boating around Bora Bora! I mixed up my booking dates but they were very accommodating. We got a map that shows a specific route and places of attraction. We saw different parts of the beautiful lagoon, spotted a few rays and snorkeled in the coral garden "aquarium". But there were also many places we couldn't go on this boat. The boat is easy to operate but some general knowledge about boating is helpful.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Ia Orana aw2004, Thank you for your kind review on TripAdvisor. The comments of our customers are very important for us to serve you always better and progress. Your time sharing is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support and your confidence. Sunny Regards, All the team of La Plage

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