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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

  • 6-hour St Maarten sightseeing shore excursion and snorkel tour by speedboat
  • Explore spectacular bays and marine reserves only reached by boat
  • Snorkel around Tintamarre Island and Grand Case Bay’s Creole Rock
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour
From USD 125.00
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When your cruise ship docks in St Maarten, explore the island on a 6-hour speedboat and snorkeling tour. With your expert captain and small group limited to eleven people, jet out from Philipsburg to several nearby locations like the uninhabited Tintamarre Island. Jump into the water and snorkel at the biodiversity hotspot Creole Rock, then enjoy a lunch beachside on Pinel Island. Sip beers and soda from the onboard bar as your captain shares his knowledge of St Maarten and the surrounding waters with you. 
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.
Reviews (70)
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Reviewed 4 December 2018
Highlight of our cruise

Best shore excursion we have ever booked. This is a lifetime experience. Michael was fantastic and provided excellent communication. Our captain was Sam and he was a terrific guide. Book this tour, you will not regret it!

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Matty1002
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile
Never book this tour

We were extremely displeased with the lack of notification the day before the scheduled trip. We tried calling the contact on the 30th, the 1st (day before the trip), and on the morning of the trip. We were unable to reach the tour operator and...More

1  Thank FreedomToEatNJ
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile
Best way to see Sint Maarten!

This was our first adventure on the start of our honeymoon—and WOW what a way to begin! The crew was delightful, the boat was beautiful, and the sights unimaginable. My husband and I loved each location we were taking to, and since we had the...More

1  Thank Ashley M
Reviewed 31 October 2018

If you are cruising to (or visiting) St Maarten do yourself and family a favor, and DONT MISS OUT on this excursion. Captain Brett and Co. make the most of your vacation day!! If you are cruising, its just a short walk to their boats,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank tommmy
Reviewed 23 October 2018
Beautiful, perfect day, best excursion we experienced!

This was a great way to spend the day! We got to swim with a sea turtle, our captain jumped in and found it for us to really get up close and personal. The snorkeling at our next spot was so beautiful and clear, water...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Kris D
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21 November 2018|
Response from LynnMedina | Reviewed this property |
Tour groups are very small with this company, unlike many snorkel excursions I have taken elsewhere in the world so you should be quite happy with a regular booking. I don't know their refund policy.
29 October 2018|
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Response from Kris D | Reviewed this property |
I think you will be okay, we just went about 10 days ago and had a port time til 6. He had us back around 4 pm. If you communicate this with them that will be helpful as well. It is an AWESOME experience. We were not... More