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Small Boat Hire

For small groups or family get-togethers or for a perfect intimate setting for couples

Navigate Sydney Harbour at your own pace with a maneuverable small boat. Perfect for intimate gatherings, exploring hidden gems, or enjoying a relaxing day on the water. Fully skippered.

View our best small boat hire options below.

From $300.00 per hour

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Champagne Lady

A Spacious Catamaran Great For All Occasions

BYO Food & Drink Available

BBQ Onboard

From: $300.00/hr

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Delphinus

Small Catamaran For Big Parties

BYO Food & Drink Available

BBQ Onboard

From: $325.00/hr

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Whats Kraken

Small Catamaran For Parties & Gatherings

BYO Food & Drink Available

BBQ Onboard

From: $325.00/hr

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The Floating Lounge

Luxurious Boat For Families & Small Groups

BYO Food & Drink Available

Beach Hopping Available

From: $325.00/hr

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Cavok II

Motor Cruiser for Smaller Groups

From: $330.00/hr

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Catalyst

Small Catamaran For Social Gatherings

From: $330.00/hr

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Zabava

A Popular Option For A Great Day Out

From: $350.00/hr

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Seabbatical

Luxurious Catamaran for smaller groups

From: $350.00/hr

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One Ocean

A Charming Catamaran For Social Gatherings

From: $350.00/hr

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Perfect Day

A Small Sized Catamaran for a great day out

From: $350.00/hr

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Woorabinda

Experience Sydney Harbour in Comfort and Style

From: $350.00/hr

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Seascape

Small Yet Spacious Catamaran For All Occasions

BYO Food & Drink Available

BBQ Onboard

From: $350.00/hr

Small Boat Hire on Sydney Harbour

Whether it's tourists, a small family or a close knit bunch of mates, we have some wonderful small boat hire options available for those wanting to experience our magnificent harbour but are just in a small group. We've helped arrange small boat cruises for hundreds of groups over the years, so if you're not exactly sure what to go for, you can speak to one of our friendly team and we're confident we can find something suitable.

Hiring a small boat is one of the best ways to get to know Sydney Harbour in an intimate and relaxed setting, with just you and your nearest and dearest drinking in the sights. We have small party boats to hire that can accommodate up anyway from 4 guests up to around 20. One of our most popular which is super affordable is The Floating Lounge. Not just a family favourite, but also ideal for small friendship groups of up to 12 people. For couples after a romantic jaunt around the harbour, we have some super cool vintage motorboats available such as Mon Cheri, a great option for lovers of luxury!

We also have some small catamaran hire options for those still wanting a low key event but one that doesn't break the bank and has some popular amenities on board such as toilet, galley for food prep, music, tables and seating and even a BBQ, with one of our most popular options being Champagne Lady. When booking a small catamaran, ask about the water toys available!

Your Sydney Harbour cruise awaits!

With over 30 small boat hire options to choose from, don't hesitate to get in touch and we will help you any way we can to find the ideal small boat for your cruise experience.

Organise Your Small Boat Hire With Us!

Let us know your party size, ideal itinerary and if you have any special requiremnets, and we'll do the rest.

Popular Small Boats to Hire
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Champagne Lady

A Spacious Catamaran Great For All Occasions

BYO Food & Drink Available

BBQ Onboard

From: $300.00/hr

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Amber

A Great Cruiser for Smaller Groups

From: $425.00/hr

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MV Bel

Unique and Personal Small Group Experiences

From: $400.00/hr

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The Floating Lounge

Luxurious Boat For Families & Small Groups

BYO Food & Drink Available

Beach Hopping Available

From: $325.00/hr

Why Book Your Small Boat Hire with Us

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We've been running Sydney Harbour boat hires for families and small friendship groups for literally decades. That's the kind of experience that helps you understand exactly what customers expect and need from their day out. From excellent service to spectacular boats, we're confident we're a step ahead of the competition!

The Perfect Family Day Out

Our small boats fleet has something for every family. From stand-up paddle boards to inflatables, on-board barbecues, sound systems, galleys for food prep and more, we're sure that the perfect boat for you and yours is right here!

A Surprise Like No Other

Got an anniversary or special day coming up and want to surprise your significant other? From decorations to entertainment and much more, let us know what you have in mind and our team will help you make sure the day goes off without a hitch!

Get your sydney harbour small boat hire sorted in minutes

A five minute chat with our sales team is all you need to lock in a cracking day out with your mates or family!

Small Boat Hire FAQs

What is the typical price for booking a small boat hire on Sydney Harbour?

The cost for a small boat hire depends on the boat, the size of your party and any optional extras. For groups of 12 or more, we'd recommend a small catamaran as the most affordable option. For example, one of our most popular catamrans in this category, Champagne Lady, can cost as little as $300 per hour, which broken down per person is a great deal! Our Italian-style luxury motorboats are a little more expensive, as base rates are higher and there are fewer passengers. From there prices increase depending on the size of boat you need, the type of boat you want, the duration of your cruise, the time of season and weekday or weekend preference, and if you want any catering.

Will there be any hidden costs when booking a small boat hire with Ucruise Sydney?

At Ucruise Sydney, we believe in transparency when it comes to costs. Aside from a standard card processing fee, there are no concealed charges or additional fees when you make a booking. When you visit our website, we offer you an initial quote estimate to provide a general idea of pricing. Following that, our dedicated team will prepare an official quote that includes a secure payment link, allowing you to confirm and secure your selected boat for your event.

Is small boat hire suitable for couples looking for a romantic experience on Sydney Harbour?

Yes, our small boat hire services are ideal for couples seeking a romantic experience on Sydney Harbour. You can rent a charming small boat like MV Bel to explore the stunning views and create unforgettable moments with your loved one. If it's a really special occasion (i.e. if there's a ring involved), we can help you arrange for decorations and special catering options as well.

What is the best time of day to book a small boat hire for friends or family?

Generally, groups aim to capitalise on Sydney's stunning weather by scheduling their boat parties around midday, concluding at 4pm when opting for the popular 4-hour duration. Nevertheless, some families prefer to book a morning outing when there is less water traffic and the sun is a little less harsh. Friend groups, meanwhile, often go for a slightly later boat hire to coincide with sunset, aiming for a seamless transition to continue the celebration back in the CBD with food and drinks around 7pm or 8pm onwards.

How far in advance should I arrange and book a small boat hire?

If you don't have your heart set on one boat in particular, and it isn't a peak time, we can usually organise a small boat hire on fairly short notice, although we'd still recommend making the reservation at least a week in advance. If you want to hire a specific boat or it's peak season, then you ought to aim for 3-4 weeks to make sure you don't miss out.

Do you offer BYO food and drink options for small boat hires?

Absolutely, most of our small boats fleet have BYO as an option for food and drink. These boats are equipped with Eskys and/or fridges to store and chill your drinks, along with galley space for storing food until it's ready to be served. Most catamarans also have on-board BBQs that are ready for use as well. For those opting for BYO, we recommend considering boat-friendly food and drink choices, favouring finger foods over items requiring utensils. Additionally, opting for cans and bottles over cocktails is advisable to prevent spillages and ensure a hassle-free celebration on the water. However, if BYO isn't your preference and you'd rather have everything taken care of, many of our vessels offer catering options with comprehensive food and drink menus, providing a hassle-free and delightful culinary experience for your boat trip at reasonable rates.

Are there specific safety measures in place for families renting small boats on Sydney Harbour?

Safety is a top priority at Ucruise Sydney, especially for families renting small boats on Sydney Harbour. Our vessels and staff all meet the latest legal and recommended safety requirements and you'll also be given a thorough safety briefing to ensure a secure and worry-free experience for all family members.

Are there any age restrictions for children on the small boats hired for family outings on Sydney Harbour?

No, not at all. Children of all ages are welcome on our boats, but for legal reasons they count as a paying passenger even if they're just a baby. Of course, even though Sydney Harbour is usually really calm and relaxing, we encourage parents to consider their children's experience with open water and large boats when planning the excursion.

What happens if there is rain or bad weather on the day of my cruise?

Regrettably, if it rains, your small boat hire will proceed, as outdoor activities in Sydney adhere to this policy across boat hire agencies. Many of our boats feature canopies, coverings, or are fully enclosed to shield guests from rain. It's advisable to check the weather beforehand and dress accordingly. If you fail to attend, 100% of your payment will be forfeited. Rain or shine, most groups thoroughly enjoy the experience. Only in cases where Maritime deems the weather hazardous do we consider a postponement rather than a refund so it's important you are clear on all our terms and conditions prior to booking.

Is there a planned route around Sydney Harbour or can one be suggested?

Our experienced skipper can navigate various routes for your small boat hire, considering factors like weather and wind direction and your own interests. The goal is to provide a smooth sailing experience, especially if you plan to anchor, have a BBQ onboard, and enjoy a swim. If you have specific destinations in mind, feel free to inform us, and we'll do our best to accommodate your preferences. Popular anchoring spots include or near Milk Beach and Athol Bay.




Contact Us

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address:
30 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Phone:
+61 (0)422 222 675
9AM - 5PM (MON - FRI) 

Email:
All enquiries: enquiries@ucruisesydney.com.au

Are You Cruising Soon?
If you are cruising on a weekend your best contact is the skipper's (our office will be closed). This will have been emailed to you under the 'It's Almost Time For Your Cruise' email.