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Yes, you can sleep overnight on the water with a houseboat rental. Houseboats are great options for people who love being on the water - because you can combine your love for boating with your accommodation on a vacation. Houseboat sizes and amenities range drastically, but you can find many modest houseboats with one or two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen onboard.
If you can drive a car safely, you can definitely learn how to drive a houseboat. If you are renting a houseboat for the first time, make sure you get an orientation from the owner or rental company before you cruise out from the docks. The main difference is that there are no brakes on a houseboat, so the only way to slow the boat is to release the throttle slowly and always be looking far ahead to avoid any obstacles when navigating. Make sure you bring a valid driver’s license when renting a houseboat.
There are many lakes across the country that offer incredible houseboating opportunities. Some of the best lakes for a houseboat rental include Lake Lanier in Georgia, Lake Vermillion in Minnesota, Lake Powell in Arizona, and Lake Cumberland in Kentucky.
Pricing for houseboat rentals starts around $200/night, but can range anywhere from $200 to over $1000 per night, depending on the location and the size of the vessel. If you are renting a large houseboat to accommodate many people, the cost will be more but it could be cheaper once you split with everyone onboard. Houseboats are a fun way to combine an activity like boating with your accommodation, which is sometimes a cheaper way to experience both instead of booking a vacation rental AND a boat rental. Plus, who doesn’t love to sleep on the water? Browse thousands of houseboat rentals on GetMyBoat and book one right on your phone with the mobile app.
Renting a houseboat is easy with GetMyBoat. Browse your desired location for your houseboat rental and select the “Houseboats & Sleepaboards” option from the Trip Type menu. This will show you all the boats available with sleeping quarters that you can rent in that location. Find the best houseboat to rent with GetMyBoat, on the desktop site or on the mobile app.
Rented this boat over a year ago and I still get messages from friends asking for the details because they want to rebook it for their upcoming trips. 10/10 experience!
The crew was awesome! They helped me plan a surprise proposal with no hesitation, the crew was so kind and helpful during our journey, non stop kindness & so knowledgeable. A private charter was such a great choice vs a typical guided cruise, Min & PCK cruise was an amazing choice for our trip!
A huge thank you to Pete and his crew for the best sunset cruise. We could not have asked for a more knowledgeable captain, who made us feel safe at all times and showed us around the boat and the ocean. The tour is fully customisable, we had breathtaking views of Honolulu, Diamond Head and even saw some whales. The snack board was delicious. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll also get a live performance from Pete’s crew— that guy is a star in the making— you heard it here first. A fantastic experience! Thank you all for the very memorable experience. We’ll definitely be back!
Boat was a great choice for us, with nice views from the back and the front of the boat, an indoor area that was great to have for our 3 year old, and the crew was super friendly and helpful. We enjoyed swimming, then relaxing eating snacks. Lots of pretty sights, and a great time was had by all.
The captain and crew of Hondo were so accommodating and welcoming! From the instant we arrived, they made sure we found the boat, oriented us with all of the boats features (there’s a ton!), and then took us to a great spot for swimming. The only thing we wished is that we booked an overnight trip (next time). The “snacks” were actually enough to make a meal, and there was every kind of soft drink you could think of. We even got ice cream bars at the end of the trip:) They took extra time to make sure we had a perfect view of the sunset. It was a perfect day! We will come back to Honolulu just for this boat!!
We had an amazing tour with our captain and his team. Very professional team and made our trip so worth while. We will definitely come back an use same team for a tour of the city via boat. Thank you again for such a great experience. Until then. Mahalo.