French Polynesia’s Tahiti and Moorea islands have a scooter rental service that is convenient, eco-friendly, unique, and cost-effective. Hello Scoot provides leading scooter rentals in Tahiti that provides bright yellow, solar-powered electric scooters to visitors through their online app. If you’re visiting French Polynesia and are seeking a scooter rental in Tahiti, look no further than Hello Scoot!
Below is my experience with this eco-friendly scooter rental company, and some tips and tricks to get you on the road on a scooter in Tahiti in no time.
If you’re considering using Hello Scoot, you can use my code 739DDOVR and get 1,000 XFP ($10 USD) off your first rental!
Important Things to Know about Scooter Rentals in Tahiti
Here are some other things to know about scooter rentals in Tahiti:
- Tahitians drive on the right side of the road, the same as the U.S. and continental Europe. Scooters and slower-moving vehicles drive to the far right. It’s always a good idea to let fast cars passed you by leaning off to the right where possible.
- The maximum speed limit on Tahiti is 60 km per hour. With a Hello Scoot rental that caps out at 50 km, this is not an issue.
- Tahiti has multiple roundabouts or traffic circles, which can be tricky for scooter rental newbies. Be sure to follow the flow of traffic, use your signals, and freshen up on how to drive through a traffic circle if needed.
If this is your first time renting a scooter, French Polynesia’s Moorea island is a great place to learn. The roads here are very quiet, especially on the southern side of the island. There’s not a single traffic light on the island, and most of Moorea’s main loop road has a bike lane, which provides a perfect space for slow-moving scooters or to let the cars pass.
Hello Scoot Rental Requirements in Tahiti
When you travel using Hello Scoot, bluetooth connects the scooter to the app so you can pause and resume your trips.
To find scooters, and start and end a rental, you’ll need to have a wifi connection or data through a local sim card. For safety reasons, for example if you crash or something goes wrong with the scooter, to be able to make a call back to the customer support team (number included in the app) is important too.
You also must be 18+ years old to rent a scooter in Tahiti.
Why Hello Scoot for Scooter Rentals in Tahiti?
- Hello Scoot has a fleet of all-electric and solar-powered scooters. Feel good about getting on the road with these eco-friendly scooters. You’ll save money on gas too!
- Hello Scoot scooter rentals are located around some of Tahiti’s main towns: Papeete, Faa’a, and Puna’auia. On Moorea island, they can be found at the ferry terminal in Vai-are. Check the location of scooters available on the Hello Scoot app.
- The maximum rate for a 24-hour rental period is 4990 XFP, or about $50 USD. You can also use my code 739DDOVR and get 1,000 XFP ($10 USD) off your first rental! $50 per day is comparable to other scooter rentals in Tahiti. Just remember you have to “pause” your trip once you start riding, instead of “ending” the trip. More about this feature later.
- For short trips like popping over to the supermarket, scooter rental costs start at 50 XFP per minute, or 50 U.S. cents per minute.
- Helmets are included in the rental price, and each scooter comes with two helmets (one M and one L) in the storage in the back. The bright orange helmets have a drop-down, clear eye shield, which is important to use as eye protection when driving too.
- Scooter rentals come with a phone holder on the front of the scooter as well.
Step-By-Step how Hello Scoot rentals works in Tahiti
- Find a free scooter in the Hello Scoot app map.
- Book the scooter you want (the app will hold the scooter for up to 20 minutes for you). Consider the distance you plan to travel, and check the kilometers remaining on the batteries of the available scooters.
- Stand next to the scooter, at which point the app will give you the option to “Start Your Trip”. Click this button.
- Take a helmet from the back storage container by pushing the red button in the back. Clicking “Start Your Trip” from the last step will make this container unlock, and you’ll be able to take a helmet and store any small things here if needed.
- Tilt the scooter forward so it is no longer resting on the scooter stand, and sit on the scooter.
- Hold down the front brake for the electric battery engine to start. You’ll hear a low rumble and hum and know it’s ready to go.
- Turn the throttle and hit the road on your electric scooter rental in Tahiti!
Once you’re finished with your trip, find on the app a yellow zone or parking icon on the map. You’re able to end your trip and leave your scooter rental at any of these locations around Tahiti.
How to make the most of Hello Scoot's Price Caps
- Once you’ve started a trip, PAUSE it instead of ending it
- Use the same scooter all day. Replace the battery if needed at a charging station indicated on the app. Replacing a battery takes 1 minute, as advertised by Hello Scoot.
- Need the scooter for a longer stay? Hello Scoot also offers monthly rentals.
Source: Hello Scoot website
My honest review of Hello Scoot scooter rentals in Tahiti
Downside of Hello Scoot rentals and when to get a gas-powered scooter in Tahiti
If you have a serious need for speed or seek the rumble of a petrol-powered scooter, consider booking other scooter rentals in Tahiti.
Top Spots to visit with a Scooter Rental in Tahiti
- Venus Point and Venus Point Beach
- Belvedere du Tahara’a lookout
- Three Cascades or the Fa’aruma’i waterfalls
- Arahoho blowhole and beach
- Papeete Market
- Tahiti Pearl Market
- Robert Wan Pearl Museum
- Pa’ofa’i Park
Top Spots to visit with a Scooter Rental in Moorea
- Belvedere Lookout. The road to the summit is only paved from the West side, so it’s best to drive in and out using this road.
- Rotui Distillery, Juice Factory, and gift shop
- Carrefour supermarket (if you’re into exploring foreign supermarkets like me!)
- Panorama de Pao Pao, my favorite view of Moorea
- Panorama de Temae and Temae public beach
- Magic Mountain lookout (hiking required)
- Public beaches at the northwest corner of the island – some of the most beautiful views on Moorea.