FAQ - Self-drive boat Rental

Is boating experience required ?
Not necessarily. LA PLAGE has been a specialist for bareboat rentals for more than 10 years. It was adapted to any public (provided the driver is an adult). Our 6hp boats (Quintrex 13’ or Pontoon 16’) are available with no license. Your beach boy provide you with a substantial briefing and a detailed map showing how to navigate and on the best places to go for snorkeling. The RENTAL POLICY is available in French, English, Spanish, Japanese & Chinese. However, a good comprehension of French or English language is needed. Please consider around 20mn for a complete briefing.

Where can we go? Is a half day enough for rent?
Bora Bora lagoon is a must see and you will be able to discover it at your own pace. Thanks to the anchor and the bath ladder, you can stop any time.
It takes about 4h circling the island, no stop, with the 6hp boat. When renting a half day, you ride the southern part of the island, where are located beautiful coral gardens, eagle & sting rays, sand banks…
Our team provide you with a detailed map and recommend you on the best itineraries.

Authorized number of passengers
Quintrex boat: maximum 2 adults + 2 children under 12.
Pontoon boat: maximum 4 adults per boat.
For safety & insurance reasons, no exception shall be granted. Please feel free to require a personalized offer for your party; our team will recommend to best possible rental or excursion options.

Is the boat license mandatory?
Due to the French law, a boat licence is compulsory when the boat is motorized more than 6hp. That’s why a boat license shall be required for rentals with the 30hp boats, whatever your experience. We can accept your license from your country when delivered from an approved organization.


Gas is included. You won’t need to refuel at the end. No extra charge.


What is a damage deposit?
This is concerning the SELF-DRIVE BOAT RENTALS only.
After booking, when you arrive to our boat base, we’ll proceed together with your rental contract, which is including a damage deposit. This is a CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM authorizing us to debit your card in case of any damage or loss on the boat.
You’ll need a Visa ou MasterCard.

Do you charge the credit card at signature? NO.
Similarly to car rentals, the boat is being checked together upon departure and arrival. In case of any damage, the fees will apply according to the spare part price list, available on the spot. 200,000 Cfp is the maximum amount.
Otherwise, your authorization form is cancelled and returned to you.


Where are located the boats? In Matira (south of the island).

Can I rent with a departure from my Hotel?
For logistics reasons, the self-drive boats need to depart from our boat base, in Matira. Rental service open from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Can we benefit from a transfer?
LA PLAGE is offering your free transportation by car (2 ways) on the main island. Please feel free to require on your reservation, with the name of your Hotel and your pick up time preferences (availability permitting).

If staying on a motu (an islet), you’ll need to take the shuttle boat of your Hotel. Please specify what time and we can meet you upon arrival on the main island.
If no shuttle is available at your convenience, we may organize a private boat transfer. This would include any charge & needs to be booked in advance. Your booking agent will be pleased to assist you for more information.

For our guests coming on a cruise ship, the transfer is organized by car directly from the pier where the tender will drop you off, in Vaitape village. The meeting point is in front of the VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER, where taxis park. Free of charge service, 2 ways.


All necessary safety equipment is on board, including adults and children life jackets.

If ever you need assistance:
Useful data is shown on the back side of your navigation map.
We also provide with a cell phone aboard, with our contact registered, so that you can join us any time.