How and where to rent a boat in Reunion Island

Louer un bateau à La Réunion

Best times, best places and best prices? Follow the guide! Renting a boat in La Réunion has never been easier.

It’s easy to forget that this is a little piece of France, so much so that this intense island has a taste of elsewhere. While the sun shines most of the time, it’s above all the smiles and warmth of the Reunionese people that warm you up. A warm population, living in harmony with nature, which shows its strength here.

From the reddening bowels of La Fournaise to the picture-postcard beaches, from the chlorophyll-filled cirques to the vertiginous waterfalls: the show is endless. And so are the ways to discover the island!

Have you thought about boating? By the day or longer, for beginners or not, with or without a license, follow our guide to boat hire in La Réunion.

What type of boat to rent in Reunion Island?

Cap Méchant, Île de La Réunion

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Whether you’ve got a boating license or not, whether you’re looking for a skipper or a solo trip, whether you’re renting from a private individual or a professional, we’ve got a wide range of boats for you to choose from. Most rentals are of motorboats, RIBs and jet skis. But you’ll also find sailboats and catamarans: ideal for long group cruises.

For even more fun, why not rent a boat in La Réunion and add a wakeboard, buoys or even a water ski? As for fishing equipment rental, fins, masks and snorkels, it’s a great little extra that will change your whole experience at sea.

How much does it cost to rent a boat in Reunion Island?

Location de bateau à La Réunion

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A boat rental in La Réunion can be adapted to a wide range of budgets. Of course, it all depends on the type of boat, the length of the cruise and the season.

The average price in high season ranges from €200 to €500 per day for a motorboat or RIB. The range can rise to around €1,000 per day for the biggest boats. At the start of the tourist season, prices drop considerably.

Don’t neglect the cost of fuel and additional leisure equipment. In fact, only mandatory safety equipment is included in the initial price.

Rent a boat to explore Reunion Island

How to rent a boat in Reunion Island

Plage de Boucan Canot, La Réunion

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There are a number of specialized companies offering this service, either on site or in advance via the Internet. These professional service providers are a guarantee of quality and safety.

Alternatively, why not rent your boat in Réunion Island through a private charter company? For example, the leading platform Samboat offers a wide range of boats. In general, prices are up to 30% lower than with a professional rental company.

Do I need a license to sail on Reunion Island?

Interested in renting a boat in Reunion Island, but don’t have a license? Don’t worry, some boats are specially designed for novice sailors. For the others, all you need to do is hire the services of a skipper.

Our advice for sailing in Reunion Island

St Gilles les Bains, La Réunion

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Although renting a boat on Reunion Island with the services of a skipper is a little more expensive, we highly recommend this option. If you’re an amateur or moderately experienced sailor, the risks are many. What’s more, these professionals can teach you the rudiments of life as a sailor and give you access to more secret anchorages.

In terms of equipment, you don’t need to bring much, but don’t forget weatherproof clothing, a headlamp, gloves for maneuvering and sun protection. And don’t forget a good supply of water and snacks in case you get the munchies.

Finally, always keep an eye on the weather. Even if the weather turns out to be very mild in the right season, always plan a window for your departures to avoid the pitfalls of bad weather.

When is the best time to sail on Reunion Island?

Note that, generally speaking, the east and west coasts have different climates: the former is more precipitous, the latter drier.

Remember, the seasons are reversed in the Indian Ocean! The mildest, driest season is from May to November. The hot season, with its share of precipitation, runs from November to April. If you’re looking to charter a boat on Reunion Island, you’ll want to aim for the summer season from April to November.

As you’ll be out at sea, you’ll be pleased to know that the best time to see whales is between June and September. The cetaceans, which have left the cold waters of Antarctica, come to the shores of Reunion Island to mate and give birth to calves.

As for the dolphins, they’re likely to be your travelling companions whatever the season.

Rent a boat to explore Reunion Island

Ideas for itineraries by boat from Reunion Island

Tamarin Bay, Île Maurice

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With a boat rental in La Réunion, you can easily circumnavigate the island. This enchanting loop takes you from port to port, each with its own charms: Saint-Denis in the north, Saint-Gilles-les-Bains and Saint-Pierre in the south. Of course, you don’t have to set off on a long journey. You can sail between just two ports, or even spend a day encountering whales and dolphins…

In Saint-Denis de La Réunion, the little town nicknamed the « Paris of the Indian Ocean », don’t hesitate to head back to terra firma and enjoy the warm, friendly local atmosphere. Particularly in the many colorful little bistros.

Renting a boat in La Réunion, such as a sailboat or catamaran (often more spacious and stable), will enable you to sail as far asMauritius orRodrigues, a wilder and more confidential island. For the more adventurous, we can even take you as far as the coast of Madagascar. These itineraries can be completed in two weeks.

In fact, these pearls of the Indian Ocean all have one thing in common: they have fought against massive industrialization to preserve their wild character, lush vegetation, magnificent seabeds and heavenly beaches.