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Boating in the Vendée
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The Vendée has a variety of different water venues from the Atlantic Ocean, the various marshlands, lakes and rivers and with that goes many boating activities. With such a varied selection of both activities and locations it would be difficult to list them all on one page separately, so we have sections for the main disciplines like sailing and canoeing and within these there are sub categories and places to hire equipment. And there are locations where various boats can be hired and/or used, such as the Marais Poitevin, Marais Breton, Lakes and rivers.
This still leaves a few activities not covered in those sections so they are listed below. The list is not complete, so if you can help fill the gaps we would appreciate your information. Send details to

Restaurant boat, diner cruises on the Marais Poitevin.

Jet skiing. Port Olona, Les Sables d'Olonne.
                Tel. 06 11 43 09 54.
                Jet Port Olona, Les sables.
                Tel. 06 66 78 38 09
                Port Bourgenay. Loc Atlantic. Tel.

Sight seeing cruises. It is possible to take sight-seeing boat trips from many of the ports in the Vendée including: La Tranche-sur-Mer. St.Gilles croix de Vie, Les Sables d'olonne, Fromentine, Port Joinville, ile-de-noirmoutier. For a list of boats offering this service see; boat charters.

Deep sea fishing. This is available from most of the ports along the coast. For list of boats offering fishing trips see; Boat Charters

Motor Boats.
Self drive electric boats are available at several locations including the Mervent forest and Maille.

Motor boats with engines can be hired with or without permits from:
Les Sables d'Olonne. Sablaise Nautique. Rue Bernicot. Port Olona Tel.02 51 32
85 58.
St.Gilles croix-de-Vie: Meca Marine. ZI Menuisiers.          Tel.02 51 55 42 93.
Port Bourgenay. Loc Atlantique. 06 11 29 82 25.
Noirmoutier. Gendron Plaisance. Herbaudiere.                    Tel. 02 51 39 36 36.

Pedalos. There are numerous sites where pedalos can be hired these include several restaurants on the water front such as those at the Pic Vert at Vouvant and the Au Fil de l'Eau at Mervent.

Using your own boat. If you are bringing your own boat whether it be a dingy, canoe or something larger you will find that the Vendee is well equipped to enable you to use them.
On the coast places for launching small dingies and canoes is limitless, for larger craft that are on trailers you will find most larger towns and villages as well some more isolated beaches have ramps for launching which generally are free to use.
Most of the larger lakes have ramps for launching boats, usually constructed in concrete and well maintained. For larger craft most lakes ban the use of motors except electric ones, you should check first as the penalties are high.
Rivers. On the tidal parts there is no problem, but many rivers have a ban on the use of motors, you will also need to use caution as many rivers have weirs or water control systems.

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