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Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay

  • St Maarten self-drive boat tour from Simpson Bay
  • Travel from the Dutch side of the island to the French side on your own personal watercraft, led by an expert guide
  • Pass by secluded beaches and bays on the island’s west coast
Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay
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Morning: 2 people, 1 boatMost Popular
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Morning: 4 people, 2 Boats
Book this option for 4 people, there will be 2 people per boat
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Discover the beauty of St Maarten's western coast aboard a self-drive inflatable boat—a unique alternative to the typical sightseeing tour. A knowledgable guide will accompany you on your journey from Philipsburg to Creole Rock on the island's French side. Once arriving, spend some time snorkeling in protected waters alongside sea turtles and schools of tropical fish, then get back behind the wheel to marvel at hidden bays and beaches.

*Please note: in order to book multiple boats, you will need to make separate bookings
What to Expect
Arrive at the local tour operator’s office at Simpson Bay 30 minutes before your selected departure time to check in and listen to a safety briefing. Then grab your provided snorkeling gear and life jacket, and head to your personal watercraft — a 10-foot (3-meter), 3-person inflatable boat called a Rhino.

If you’re driving, hop in the front seat and grab the wheel; if you’re the passenger, sit behind the driver and hold on to the side handles. Warm up the engine and familiarize yourself with the throttle, which controls your speed. Pose for a photo that you can purchase later, if you wish, and then begin your trip through Simpson Bay Lagoon, following your guide toward the open sea.

Admire rows of sleek yachts docked in the marina, and cross under the bridge that takes you from the Dutch side of the island, St Maarten, to the French side, St-Martin. When you reach the open sea, zoom toward Creole Rock, which lies off the island’s northwestern coast and is part of a protected marine park.

Pass by Lovers Beach, Happy Bay and Grand Case on your way to Creole Rock. Follow your guide's lead to anchor your boat, then jump in the water. You have 30 to 45 minutes to snorkel around the rocky island, looking for marine life like sea turtles, rays and reef fish, or you can grab a noodle from your guide and just float. Drinks are also provided.

After snorkeling and swimming, head back to your starting point, where your tour ends. You can look over your photo and purchase drinks or snacks, if you wish.
Reviews (41)

1 - 5 of 24 reviews

Reviewed 30 May 2018
You must do this!!!

As you head out you will see the damaged super yachts still in the bay, passing coast line, rock formations and islands, waving back to friendly locals on land and riding the waves, you arrive at a calm peaceful spot perfect for a swim, snorkelling,...More

1  Thank sbmawhinney
Reviewed 23 April 2018
Rhino Safari

This was one of the best excursions that we have taken from our ship. This was a full 3-hour tour of the St. Maarten shoreline. The water was beautiful and the boats are very fast. We went all the way up to the French part...More

1  Thank tlacroix9950
Reviewed 3 April 2018
Best Day of the Cruise

So glad we picked this as an excursion from the Conquest ship 3/20/18.We took a taxi from the port . We had a blast and apprecriated the staff there. They did an amazing job making sure everyone was safe. My husband and I are an...More

Thank abt2care
Reviewed 1 April 2018
Great Experience

The tour is a great way to see a lot of the island. I took the tour with my son and would definitely do again.

1  Thank jefflee2018
Reviewed 29 March 2018
Great mix of fun on the water

Last week we rented a 3-person Rhino and toured around beautiful boats, some submerged still from hurricane damage. It was fun driving the Rhino, being on the water and seeing sites you wouldn't see from land. We went to Creole Rock to snorkel with a...More

1  Thank SLROrlando