Tour code: 6182SXMBOAT

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. 

Highlights

  • 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
  • Feed fish in Long Bay and bask on the beach at La Samanna Resort
  • Enjoy lunch on Pinel Island at a local beachfront restaurant
  • Small-group tour limited to 11 ensures a more personalized experience with your professional guide
  • 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: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

Enjoy a speed boat tour in St Maarten!

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.

Customer Reviews

Alisha K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Just as expected. Our boat captain was great, we had a beautiful day and were able to go around the entire island of St Martin.

Richard S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The pier is a short walk from the cruise ship terminal, about 15 minutes. Our Captain of the boat was Redek. Our trip had 14 people and it was not crowded, there were seats for everyone. Redek was very polite and explained many of the sites that we had passed and stopped at. First we cruised through the Dutch and French marinas viewing many luxury yachts on our way to the first snorkeling spot and sea turtle sanctuary. The beach was beautiful if you wanted to sunbath and turtles could be seen from the boat and in the water feeding. Rays could also be spotted but no tropical fish because this is not a coral reef. This spot becomes very busy with other boats and visitors so you will not be alone. Masks, fins and noodles are provided. The included lunch stop is at a beautiful beach for swimming, lounge chairs are available. The restaurant/bar is run by locals and the is food is pretty good. The second snorkeling spot has some tropical fish but not an over abundance. Our last swimming spot was another beautiful beach near an expensive resort. On the way back to the pier you see many mulit-million dollar homes and view aircraft landing over the beach. Enough time was given to swim at all of the stops and there was time left to after to still walk into town before heading back to the ship. The water is clear and warm. This excursion is WORTH the price, DO IT. I would do the same excursion a second time. As with everywhere, tips are encouraged and 5 or 10 isn't too much to give, especially since water, soda and beer are included.

Mark G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had the opportunity to visit both Dutch and French sides during this tour which is really worth the price. The included lunch was also delicious and the snorkelling experience was amazing.

kjt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

AMAZING : 100 recommend this tour. We arrive on a Carnival ship and it was about a 20 minute walk from the ship to the dock area. The ship time was 1 hour later than the island time - I was a little worried about that, but I had mentioned that we would be on the ship when I booked the tour so I assumed they knew about our time difference, and it turned out to be ok. There was the captain and his mate, and then about 8 of us on board an extremely clean, fast, fun speed boat. WHAT FUN! Boy, the boats go fast and bump along and splash water on you and it felt wonderful on a hot day. The boat ride alone was worth the tour, but then we stopped at about 4 different places, had lunch, and just had the best day with the nicest people on board. A truly wonderful day -- highly recommend this tour!!!!!!

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great day, a must do if you love the water! Capt.Mike was a fantastic host.

Kristie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The best excursion we did on our 8 day cruise.

RaChelle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

beanpole112000

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This excursion was well worth the money. Weather was great, guides were awesome, lunch was fantastic, scenery was beautiful and cruising around St. Maarten in a speed boat was incredible. Oh ya, swimming with the sea turtles wasn't so bad either. Thanks guys!

Katherine N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This excursion was by far my favorite part during my cruise! The boat was really fun. The water wasn't too rough but wasn't too calm either. The boat takes you out to a tiny island where you go snorkeling and see sea turtles and stingrays. The place we went to for lunch was delicious and the drinks at the bar were very strong! After lunch, we went to another snorkeling sight. We saw a few dolphins when we were there! The snorkeling is okay. Definitely not the best but we went on the trip for the boat, not for the snorkeling. After that, we went by the airport and saw planes fly directly over us which was really cool. Then our guide, Matt, took some of us cliff diving and that was amazing! Matt was also a great guide and made the tour even better. Overall it was a great experience and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to explore St Maarten!!

babethjs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

What a day! Thanks to our captain for all his expertise, and special attention.
We will strongly recommend this tour. Quite refreshing to see good value for our money and a great time at that!

Viator, please fix your review system tis the 3rd time I write this probably not as good as first time...

Thanks for such a great tour.

Babeth andHarry Marine Solutions

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