5 star rating: Highly Recommended 188 Reviews

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  • Location:Philipsburg, St Maarten
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour

While your ship is in St Maarten's port, swim and lounge at Orient Beach and Maho Beach on this half-day shore excursion. Jet ski, paraglide or sail at Orient Beach, then grab a snack at one of the many bars and restaurants there. Travel to Maho beach and watch jumbo jets fly overhead to land at the nearby airport. A guide, complimentary refreshments and round-trip transportation from the cruise port are included.


  • Half-day shore excursion to St Maarten beaches
  • Find water sports equipment for hire at Orient Bay Beach
  • At Maho Beach, watch planes fly close overhead from Princess Juliana International Airport
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments (water, beer, soda or guavaberry rum punch)
  • Hear entertaining commentary from your local guide
  • Round-trip transport from cruise port included
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour

Explore the beaches of St Maarten

Meet your friendly guide at the Philipsburg cruise port and board a comfortable, air-conditioned van for transport to your first beach stop. Onboard, enjoy complimentary refreshments like water, beer, soda and rum punch. 

Arrive at St Maarten's longest beach, Orient Bay Beach, where you'll stay for approximately 2 hours. Spread out your towel and relax in the sand, wade or swim in the calm aqua waters, or visit some of the nearby beach bars and restaurants. Sailboats, jet skis and paragliding excursions are all available, as well as some kids' activities (at your own expense.) 

Around midday, return to the vehicle for the trip to Maho Bay Beach. Famous for its proximity fo Princess Juliana International Airport, the beach is a great place to see jumbo jets fly in and out of the island. Stroll the white sand beach, lounge in the sand, or watch the waves crash on the rocky coast during your 2-hour stay here. Visit the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill for lunch (own expense) while listening to a live feed from the airport's control tower. 

After your half day of fun in the sun and sand, enjoy drop-off back at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Philipsburg port for this activity. In the rare 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.

Customer Reviews

Christopher M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent trip, friendly and informative driver. We always use viator for our trips and never been disappointed.

Jay P Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Outstanding tour and great value. The entire tour was 6 hrs long.Free cold drinks beer and sodas.

Keith N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Orient and Maho beach very different but both memorable in their own way. Orient beach is how I expected Caribbean beaches to be. Maho beach was just mental. I was looking forward to the aircraft, but the actual sea stole the show, the tide was so strong that it washed you up on the beach as if you were in a washing machine on spin.
Wellington the tour guide was great fun, impossible not to like him. One of the best tour guides I've had.
All in all, tremendous value for money.

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We had a great time on this excursion our drives was fun to listen to and very nice. The only complaint I have is trying to find our driver when we got off the ship.

Mike United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our tour guide Wellington Richardson was fantastic. He kept us informed about every part of the island that we passed and kept us in constant supply with refreshments. Orient beach was nice, althought we did have a lot of sea weed, but you can't control the seaweed. Maho Beach was smaller than I thought, but it was great to see the planes landing above your head. I would definately take this Tour again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Much cheaper than cruise ship also longer and the guide fantastic We all enjoyed the guides Millertime as much as the planes , Would highly recomend

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We had a great beach tour that lasted around 6 hours. Spent two hours at Orient Beach on the French side of the island. For 10, we got two beach chairs, an umbrella and two drink tickets. Then we went to the highlight of the trip: Maho Beach, where we saw about a half-dozen planes land, including the Airbus-340 Air France jet from Paris. We spent nearly two hours at that location as well. Our driver, Eddie, was terrific, and he provided rum punch, beer, water and soda. Explained a lot of things about both sides of the island: French and Dutch. All in all, I would highly recommend this tour.

christopher n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our driver/guide Wellington Chico Richardson was charming, funny and attentive. He took a great trip and made it better.

Scott B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Will was friendly and informative. We enjoyed both beaches. Maho beach was very crowded. Orient beach was nice and relaxing.

Sean O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Will was a great tour guide who provided a lot of information about the island and made the trip very enjoyable. Both of the beach stops were great and the rum punch during the ride was perfect. I would highly recommend booking this excursion and believe the value you receive vs. the low cost makes it well worth it. Definitely will book future trips through Viator!

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