5 star rating: Highly Recommended 169 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 in port in St Maarten, enjoy fun in the sun at two of St Maarten’s renowned beaches – Orient Beach and Maho Beach. Your friendly guide will deliver you to Orient Bay Beach where jet skiing, sailing and paragliding are among the water activities on offer (own expense). You’ll have plenty of beach bars and restaurants to choose from before watching aircraft fly overhead at Maho Beach. With your proximity to Princess Juliana International Airport, you'll be a jet setter on this half-day shore excursion that includes complimentary refreshments and round-trip transport.


  • 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

When your cruise ship docks at the Philipsburg cruise port on St Maarten, meet your friendly guide for your half-day shore excursion to the island’s best beaches. Enjoy complimentary refreshments aboard your air-conditioned van or coach as you head to Orient Bay Beach. At St Maarten’s longest beach, equipped with complete tourist amenities, you’ll find a wide selection of beach bars and restaurants within easy reach.

Take a dip into the clear waters of the Caribbean or consider more active water sports, such as jet skiing, sailing, paragliding or kids’ activities available (own expense). After two hours at beautiful Orient Bay Beach, your guide will transport your group to Maho Beach, known for its proximity to Princess Juliana International Airport and the planes that fly close overhead.

Settle in at Maho Beach around midday, just in time to see large aircraft arriving at the nearby airport. Enjoy lunch at Sunset Beach Bar and Grill (own expense) while you listen to the live feed from the control tower. Then, watch airplanes loom overhead as they approach the runway, and feel the tremble of the jet blasts from departing flights.

With approximately two hours to spend at Maho Beach, relax in the cool Caribbean breeze or stroll along the pure white sand and get lost in the rhythm of crashing waves on the rocks that rise off the coast. Your guide will transfer you back to the cruise terminal when you’ve achieved official status as a St Maarten beach bum!

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Will is an excellent tour guide, spicing the drive around St. Maarten with great stories and local history at every turn. Orient Beach is a fun place to spend some time swimming, and Maho Beach is amazing! It's a bit crowded, but nothing compares to having jets soar in over your head as you take a swim there. Great Excursion!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The trip was unbelievable and our driver Winston was wonderful. He made everything so much fun!!!
Thank you Winston for everything.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a fantastic tour, great value for money...
Bus driver was extremely good, taking good care of us and informing us about the Island.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour went very well, the driver was very knowledgeable, and we really loved the two beaches!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour ticket showed a 930 departure time but the tour left at 900. The tour company sent a second bus to take us to the beach and catch up with the tour. Excellent customer service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great Tour For The Price. Tour Guide Mr. Miller Was The Best.

Carmen R
Puerto Rico

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Well worth the money, great time, excellent tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was well worth the time and price

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was great! The tour guide did a good job of pointing out sites, and there were plenty of drinks available at each stop.
The only negative was that it was very hard to find them once getting off the ship! You have keep walking to the left once you get to the first area with tour busses. Go through a couple areas, then down a sidewalk to a big dirt parking lot with sand to the left of it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic tour. A lady on the tour had her driver's license and ship card stolen. Our guide took care of her and took her to the police station after dropping us off at ship.

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