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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

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    What to Expect
    After your cruise ship docks at the Philipsburg cruise port, make your way to Dock Maarten Chesterfield Wharf to start your day out at sea. Meet your knowledgeable captain and small group of eleven people or less, then step aboard the speedboat.

    Leaving the harbor, head for Simpson Bay Bridge and the Dutch side of the island. Visit the largest lagoon in the Caribbean to see scores of luxe yachts on display, each more elaborate than the next. 

    The captain will pull up at Tintamarre, an uninhabited island favored by the local sea turtles. Jump into the warm, calm waters to commune with the turtles as they swim around you in this protected reserve. 

    At the Marina Royale in Marigot, European-style cafés line the water, showing the French influence on this side of the island. View the imposing Ft Louis, flying its French flag over the town. Cruise over to Friars Bay, the site of many of the island's legendarily hedonistic Full Moon parties, then stop at Happy Bay. 

    Continue to Pinel Island, where you'll sit down for a hot lunch at a beachside restaurant on Yellow Beach. Sit in the shallows with a refreshing beverage from the onboard bar or trek around the tiny island to explore the tide pools along the shore. 

    After an hour there, zip over to Creole Rock, the area's best snorkeling spot, smack in the middle of Grand Case Bay. Don a mask, flippers and snorkel to explore the undersea world, rich with marine life and vibrant coral. Then take off on a cruise around the island, viewing the mansions of Terre Basse and the red rock cliffs on the Bay Rouge. Feed the fish in Long Bay as you attempt some celebrity-spotting on the beach of the nearby La Samanna Resort. 

    The boat will hang out just off Maho Beach, the perfect place to place to watch as aircraft come in for a landing at nearby Princess Juliana Airport. Then it's just a short cruise back around Simpson Bay before arriving back at Dock Maarten Chesterfields Wharf, where your 6-hour adventure will end.

    Worry-free Shore Excursion:

    We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the St Maarten port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Dock Maarten, Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

    Traveler pickup is offered

    Philipsburg Sint Maarten
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Use of Snorkelling equipment
    • Floating devices on board
    • Lunch
    • Unlimited beer, soda and water on board
    • Worry-free shore excursion guarantee
    • Entry/Admission - Princess Juliana International Airport
    • Gratuities
    • Marine Park Fee $6 per person
    • Entry/Admission - Pinel Island
    • Entry/Admission - Tintamarre Island
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • It is recommended that you bring a towel and swimsuit
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed August 12, 2019

    The best way to spend our last day of vacation! The speed boat was beautiful and the views of the island were truly as wonderful. The captain was friendly enough, he was very knowledgeable but a bit harsh at times..... The lunch that is included...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Laura K
    Reviewed July 16, 2019

    Second time on this tour it was great and much cheaper than booking it with the cruise company they are professional and courteous

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank john B
    Reviewed June 29, 2019

    Incredible ride with Russell and Natalie, could not have been happier with the service or experience!! not to mention the captain taught us a lot about the St Martin and surrounding islands. A must do

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank mrfmrf1
    Reviewed June 5, 2019

    I booked this trip online with Capt. Mike, who was quick to respond to my emails. My friend and I walked from the cruise ship just a quick 10 minutes to Dock Marten to meet up with our group. There were 5 other adults signed...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank HRSHYLVR
    Reviewed April 21, 2019 via mobile

    Our guides went out of their way to make sure everyone had a great time, the equipment was all in top shape and the tour was very informative and fun. This trip was one of our absolute favorites from our vacation. Highly recommended!!!

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Molly D
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    February 1, 2019|
    Response from sylnik |
    I meant to say how LONG the stop at Pinel Island is?
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