These are very common questions for our Boat Rental. Feel free to email us or call us with any additional questions.
Q: Why Should We Hire a Captain?
A: If you’re not familiar with the Tahitian Islands, you run the risk of missing the best places and sights. Nothing is a substitute for a tour guide who knows where to go and exactly how to get there. Our captain know where you can and cannot anchor and how to schedule the itinerary you want in the time you have. They are also aware of all the unmarked reefs and weather patterns to keep you and your family safe. You’ll end up wasting a lot of valuable time-and money-trying to navigate the islands yourself. It’s your vacation, remember? Leave the work to someone else!
Q: Will we see Dolphins?
A: We recommend the Pointe des Pecheurs’s reef as one of your destinations if you want to see dolphins. Sometimes we do see them in the open ocean or in the lagoon, but the only place that they are almost always there is in the morning at Pointe des pecheurs.
Q: Will we see Whales?
A: Whales comes to Tahiti from august to November. We can take you in search of whales in season.
Q: Can you pick us up at our hotel?
A: In our experience, we have found that for the best day you should start as early as possible at our marina which is Marina Taina in Punaauia. We recommend either grabbing a taxi or we can arrange for someone to be there waiting on you. Depending on your hotel some offers sea access and we could come to pick you up by boat, we can also pick you up on Moorea. When you make your reservation please let us know which island you are on and your hotel.
Q: How old do you have to be to go on the Charter?
A: All ages are welcome. We do have child and infant life vest on board. We have had many families bring children of all ages and they have an amazing time. We have a nice and fresh cabin ideal for small children.
Q: Where do your Charters go?
A: Most of our trips are in the lagoon around Punaauia, Faa’a, Papeete, Pirae, Arue and Mahina. Because of the distance and rough waters on the way back, going to Moorea is not always possible.
Q: What are your Guests Favorite Destinations?
A: We recommend visiting our Destinations link on this site for ideas on how best to spend your day. We have some pre-set trips for you to look at, to see what is possible in a day. Feel free to customize them in the way you like. The kind of experience you want will determine the locations we recommend. Our captain know the Tahitian island waters and snorkel sites like the back of their hands, so we’re always happy to make suggestions, however, it’s your day, so you decide your own itinerary.
Q: Additional Costs, When Chartering a Cruzing Boat Rental?
A: Day Charter: The day fee payable directly to the captain, in cash, on the day of the trip (fuel cost is included whatever is your day program). We offer to have lunch in one of the “over the water”restaurant, so be sure to plan for that.
Q: Can we tip the Captain and what is customary?
A: Tips is optional in Tahiti but YES!!! Of course, you are welcome to tip whatever amount you like.
Q: How long is a Day Charter?
A: Day Charter: We can be flexible depending on your schedule, but our normal pick up time is 8:30 am, and you’ll be back around 4:30pm. The boats are in the marina Taina on the west coast just after Carrefour Supermarket.
Q: What is the cancelation policy?
A: We understand that things come up and plans change. Please notify us at least 7 Days in advance of change or cancellation.
Q: What If it is raining the Day of the Charter?
A: Cruzing Boat Rental will only charter when it’s safe to do so. If the Captain feels it’s not safe to take the boat out due to bad weather, we’ll refund you 100% and do our best to reschedule you for another day. If, during your charter, the weather changes and it’s not safe to continue your journey, the Captain will return you to your disembarkation point and your cost will be pro-rated based on the number of hours you were actually using the boat (for example, if you were out for 4 hours, or 50% of the time, you would be charged 50% of the charter fee).
Q: What Should I Bring On The Boat?
A: Bring a towel, sunglasses, sunscreen and a bathing suit cover-up. We also recommend a long sleeve tee shirt, if you have one. The Tahitian sun is very strong and its easy to get burned, so be careful! We also have shaded seating, so you will be able to get out of the sun if you would like to. If you’d like to bring something to eat or drink, we will have a large cooler with some ice to keep things cold! Our stereo systems have an earphone connection. Bring your iPod or other music device and DJ your own party!