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Bachelorette Party Boat Ideas

Planning and Budgeting
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March 17, 2023

Get ready for a BATCH experience that will make waves and have your crew feeling like serious VIPs — boat parties! Whether you want to hop on a pontoon and mingle with new people or kick it on a private luxury yacht, a boat charter is a must-book experience for your bachelorette weekend.

With stunning views and countless photo ops, you'll be double posting on IG every day, and we can’t blame you. Let’s dive into the different types of boat parties, exciting activities to try out, fashion must-haves, delicious catering options, top destinations, and helpful tips for planning your perfect bachelorette boat party. Hold on to your flamingo floatie as we set sail for an epic BATCH weekend!

Why Choose a Boat Party for your Bachelorette?

A boat party is the perfect way to say goodbye to your single days and is basically essential for your BATCH weekend. Here’s why:

Options: You can choose a private charter, giving you and your crew a chance to enjoy your day on the water singing and dancing, or relaxing in an intimate setting. Or, if you're feeling more adventurous, go for a public charter and make new friends with the best vibes.

Themes: The theme options for a boat party are limitless. Want to feel like you're in a tropical paradise? Done. How about a yacht party fit for a celebrity? You got it. Whatever your heart desires, any theme goes with the stunning water backdrop.

Insta-worthy: Let's not forget the most important part — the photo opportunities! Get your phones ready because the views you'll experience on a boat party are absolutely breathtaking. Think sparkling water, a stunning skyline, and warm sun on your skin. Honestly, every moment is a photo op.

Affordable: Who says you have to break the bank to have an epic boat party? With plenty of charter options to choose from and a crew of your besties to split the cost with, a boat party is a surprisingly affordable way to take your BATCH to the next level.

With limitless theme possibilities, stunning photo opportunities, and affordable pricing, a boat is the perfect place to party with your crew and say goodbye to your single days in style.

Types of Boat Parties

There are tons of boat options to choose from when it comes to nauti parties for your bachelorette weekend. Consider the following types of boat parties, each with its unique features:

Yacht Parties: Nothing says luxury quite like a yacht party! With spacious decks, plush seating, and top-of-the-line amenities, a yacht party is a perfect way to pamper the bride-to-be and her crew. Yacht parties typically come with a private captain and crew, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience.

Pontoons: For a more laid-back vibe, consider a pontoon boat party. Pontoons are typically less expensive than yachts and offer a more casual atmosphere, making them ideal for a lowkey celebration. Plus, with their flat decks and ample seating, pontoons are perfect for larger groups — and for dance parties! Celebrating your BATCH in Austin? Check out this Pontoon Party at Devils Cove with a captain and party pad!

River Cruises: If you're looking to explore a specific area while enjoying your boat party, consider a river cruise. River cruises allow you to take in the scenery while cruising along the water, often with onboard entertainment and dining options.

Sailboat Excursions: For the adventurous bride-to-be, a sailboat excursion could be the way to go. These boats rely on wind power, giving you a more immersive experience on the water. Plus, the intimate setting makes it easy to bond with your BFFs.

Pedal Boats: If you're looking for a unique and active way to celebrate, consider a pedal boat party. These boats require a bit of physical exertion, but the novelty factor and the ability to cruise at your own pace make it worth it. Plus, pedal boats often come with built-in coolers, making it easy to keep your drinks cold! We love the Harbor Bar Pedal Party in Charleston, with the option to BYOB!

With so many boat options available for your bachelorette weekend, you're sure to find the perfect boat party to suit your style and budget. Whether you opt for a luxurious yacht or a unique pedal boat, your boat party is bound to be a BATCH highlight.

selling sunet chrishell and heather dancing on a boat

Boat Party Activities

Fun activities with your crew are the name of the boat party game! Here are a few ideas to make your boat party an absolute blast:

Swimming: If the weather is nice and the boat is equipped for it, there's nothing quite like a refreshing swim in the open water. So pack your favorite bikini and take a dip with your squad.

Dancing: Many boats have built-in sound systems, making them perfect for a dance party. Blast your favorite tunes and dance the day (or night) away. A lot of boats even allow you to connect your own music, so you can curate the perfect playlist for your crew — or use one of our Bachelorette Party Spotify Playlists for Any Destination!

Playing Games: Whether it's card games, board games, or classic beach games like frisbee or cornhole, there are plenty of fun games to play on a boat. Just make sure to bring games that won't be affected by the wind or waves!

Relaxing and Sunbathing: Sometimes the best activity is doing nothing at all. Bring some sunscreen and a good book and lounge in the sun with your besties. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up on some much-needed R&R.

Sightseeing: If you're cruising in a scenic location, take advantage of the opportunity to sightsee. Look for dolphins, whales, or other wildlife, or simply take in the breathtaking views of the coastline.

With these epic activities, your boat party is sure to be a memorable experience for you and your crew.

What to Wear

Look good and feel comfortable! Here are some ideas for what to wear to make the most of your boat party:

Matching Swimsuits: Coordinate with your squad and wear matching swimsuits for a fun and memorable photo opportunity.

Bridal Swimsuit: Let the bride shine by wearing a swimsuit with "bride," "wifey," or "Mrs." printed on it. This is a fun way to celebrate her upcoming nuptials.

Cover-ups: A stylish cover-up is a must-have for any boat party. It's perfect for when you want to take a break from the sun or when you're transitioning from the water to the boat.

Dresses: If you're planning on going out after the boat party, consider wearing a cute sundress that's easy to slip on and off over your ‘kini.

Accessories and Shoes: While you want to look cute, it's important to wear comfortable accessories and shoes that won't get ruined in the water. Consider wearing water-resistant sandals or flip-flops, and bring a hat or sunglasses to protect your face from the sun.

Remember, you never know what will happen on the water, so it's always a good idea to bring extra clothes, just in case. Overall, the goal is to be comfortable, stylish, and ready to have a great time with your friends!

What to Pack for a Boat Party

When preparing for a bachelorette boat party, packing the right items can make all the difference. Here's a checklist of what to bring:

Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun's glare with a stylish pair of sunglasses.

Sunscreen: Apply and reapply sunscreen throughout the day to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Towels: Bring along plenty of towels to dry off after swimming or lounging on the boat.

Matching Bathing Suits: Coordinate with your squad by wearing matching swimsuits for a fun and memorable photo opportunity.

Dry Bag: Keep your valuables and electronics safe and dry in a waterproof bag.

Decorations/Party Supplies: Bring along balloons, party cups, and floats to add some extra fun to the boat party.

"Bride" Clothing & Accessories: Let the bride-to-be stand out by wearing clothing or accessories that identify her as the center of attention.

Bachelorette Party Games: Prep some games like "Never Have I Ever" or a scavenger hunt to keep the party going on the boat.

Food & Drinks: Bring plenty of snacks and drinks to keep everyone fueled and hydrated throughout the day. Consider finger foods, a charcuterie board, BBQ, cocktails, wine, and champagne.

By packing these essential items, you'll be ready for anything this wild and crazy experience throws at you.

kristen stewart dumping chips in cart at grocery store

Food and Drink Options

When it comes to a bachelorette boat party, it's essential to have food and drinks to keep the party going. Many boat charters offer catering options and drink packages that make planning your menu easy.  Additionally, some boat charters provide drink packages that can include an open bar or specific drink options like beer and wine.

If you're on a budget, a great option is to bring your own food and drinks (AKA BYOB). This allows you to control your menu and keep costs low. When choosing your boozy bevs, consider bringing canned drinks, as they're easier to store and dispose of on the boat. And don't forget to bring plenty of water and non-alcoholic drinks to stay hydrated!

Whatever you choose, make sure to plan ahead and prepare for the number of guests attending the party. Keep in mind that alcohol can be dehydrating, and it's important to have enough food and drinks to keep everyone satisfied and safe throughout the day.

Boat Party Destinations

There are tons of destinations that offer the perfect setting for an iconic boat party. Here are some of the top destinations for a bachelorette boat party:

Miami, Florida: With its warm weather and beautiful beaches, Miami is a popular destination for bachelorette parties. A boat party in Miami is a must-do experience, with stunning views of the city skyline and plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun.

Here are our top Miami boat experiences:

  1. Glamorous Yacht Party on Miami Bay: Choose 2-6 Hours BYOB Private Charter with Captain
  2. Captain Sissy’s Ultimate Yacht Party with Pole Dancing, Tour of Miami, First Mate Pup, and Pole Instructor Add-on
  3. Premium Private Yacht Party for 2-6 Hours: Pristine Miami Cruise with Captain and Champagne, BYOB Optional

Nashville, Tennessee: Known for its lively music scene, Nashville is another popular destination for bachelorette parties. A boat party on the Cumberland River is a unique way to experience the city, with the chance to enjoy live music and stunning views of the city skyline.

Here are our top Nashville boat experiences:

  1. Pontoon Saloon: Nashville's Only Honky Tonk on Water — BYOB Party Barge
  2. Pontoon Party Boat Tour with Shuttle to Lake, Captain & BYOB Party Pad
  3. Floating Tiki Bar BYOB Cruises and Party Cove Excursions

San Diego, California: With its perfect weather and stunning coastline, San Diego is an ideal destination for a bachelorette boat party. Whether you want to cruise around the harbor or head out into the open ocean, San Diego has plenty of options for a memorable boat party.

Here are our top San Diego boat experiences:

  1. Iconic Pink BYOB Carousel Boat Experience with Waterslide, Upper Terrace, Carousel Horse Prop, and more
  2. Private Yacht Charter with Captain on the San Diego Bay with Open Bar Option and Bartender
  3. All-Inclusive Bachelorette Sailing Packages with Complimentary Beer, Seltzer, Soda, Snacks, and Water

Planning a Boat Party

Planning a bachelorette boat party can seem overwhelming, but with these tips, you can make it a success:

Book your dream boat: Start by finding the right boat for your party size, location, and budget. You can easily book a boat through the BATCH app, which offers a variety of options for different destinations and budgets.

Create an itinerary: Once you've booked the boat, it's time to plan the details. Use the BATCH app to create an itinerary for your bachelorette party, including the boat party. You can even add the boat day directly to the itinerary, along with any other activities you have planned.

Split costs: With a boat party, costs can add up quickly. To make things easier, use the BATCH app to split costs and send reminders to your guests. This way, everyone can pay their share without any hassle.

Consider catering options: Depending on the boat you choose, there may be catering options available. If not, you can always bring your own food and drinks or hire a catering company to provide a meal for your group.

Plan for safety: Safety should always be a top priority when planning a boat party. Make sure everyone on board knows basic safety guidelines, such as wearing life jackets and staying away from the edges of the boat. It's also important to designate a sober driver if you plan on drinking.

By following these tips, you can plan the perfect bachelorette boat party that everyone will enjoy and remember literally forever.

rihanna doing a hair flip on a boat in a pink visor

A boat party is a must-book experience for your bachelorette weekend. Whether you want to enjoy a private or public charter, the options are limitless. Boat parties are affordable, fun, and offer stunning views, making them perfect for creating unforgettable memories with your crew.

When it comes to choosing a boat party, consider the types of boat parties available, such as yacht parties, river cruises, and sailboat excursions. Regardless of the type of boat party you decide on, there are plenty of fun activities to keep you entertained, such as swimming, dancing, playing games, relaxing, and sightseeing.

And don't forget about fashion must-haves! Whatever your style, make sure to pack your favorite bikini and sunglasses, along with comfortable clothes and shoes for a fun and comfortable day on the water. Now let’s get your epic BATCH boat party planned!

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