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  • Location:Philipsburg, St Maarten
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Best St Maarten Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Take to the water on a comprehensive speedboat tour of St Maarten, with several snorkeling stops included in your 6-hour excursion. Snorkel at Creole Rock, swim among sea turtles around the uninhabited island of Tintamarre and enjoy a beachside lunch amid the shallow turquoise waters of Pinel Island. Your captain will share knowledge of the numerous bays surrounding St Maarten while you relax and enjoy soda and beer from the onboard open bar. Receive personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 11 people.


  • 6-hour speedboat tour of St Maarten
  • Find the best snorkeling spots in this island paradise, accessible only by boat
  • Snorkel with sea turtles at Tintamarre Island and explore the nature reserve of Creole Rock
  • Enjoy lunch at a local beachfront restaurant on Pinel Island
  • Visit La Samanna Resort and feed fish from the amazing beach
  • Watch aircraft soar overhead as they take off from Princess Juliana Airport
  • Small-group tour limited to 11 ensures a more personalized experience with your professional guide

What You Can Expect

Best St Maarten Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Watch planes fly overhead in St Maarten!

Start your 6-hour speedboat and snorkel tour from Dock Maarten Chesterfield Wharf, departing at 10am for Simpson Bay Bridge on the Dutch side of the island. Here, you’ll see yachts and villas on display in the Caribbean’s largest lagoon. Along the way, enjoy unlimited beer, soda and water from the open bar aboard your boat.

Head to Marigot, capital of the French Saint-Martin, where cafés line the Marina Royale. Then, pass to the opposite side to see private sailing boats moored in the bay, and view the historic Ft Louis and French flag overlooking the town. It’s a short cruise to Friars Bay, known for its full moon parties, and the more secluded Happy Bay. Your captain will make a quick stop at the unbelievably white beach of Tintamarre Island for some unforgettable swimming with sea turtles in the calm waters of the marine reserve.

Re-board your boat for Pinel Island, where you can sit in the shallow water with a refreshing beverage. Enjoy a hot lunch served at a restaurant on the sun-drenched Yellow Beach. If you’d like, hike around the tiny island to explore sandy shores and isolated rock pools, whose crystal-clear waters are protected from pounding surf.

After approximately one hour at Pinel Island, ride to Creole Rock, located in the middle of the Bay of Grand Case. This marine reserve is the island’s best-kept secret, where sea life abounds in the shallow water. After a snorkel stop for an undersea adventure, cruise around the island, passing the red rock cliffs of Bay Rouge and the mansions of Terre Basse. You’ll have the opportunity to feed the fish in the turquoise waters of Long Bay while keeping an eye out for any celebrities on the golden sands of the exclusive La Samanna Resort.

Next, be sure to have your camera ready to photograph planes directly overhead as aircraft come in for a landing at nearby Princess Juliana Airport. It’s just a short cruise back around Simpson Bay to admire 150-foot (45-meter) mega yachts before arriving back at Dock Maarten Chesterfields Wharf.

Customer Reviews

Kimberlee C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

EXCELLENT!!!! We had a blast! Thank you for another great day in St. Marteen!!!

Brian P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Fantastic day out with skipper Mike. Would certainly do it again next time.

Maria B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We had an incredible time on this excursion. We had Captain James and he was great. The best experience we had on our trip to St. Maarten!

Brian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

After 51 cruises with the ships tours
I found this one in the Internet
Best Ever


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015



5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

Rob T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This was our favorite excursion of our trip! Mike was our Captain and tour guide. He has real enthusiasm and kept everyone smiling and laughing. Our kids (12 and 14) speeding across the ocean in the speed boat. His daughter Gabriella, was a great hostess. She was such a sweetheart!

Tereza X

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It was a great trip ! The places seen were amazing ! I highly recommend !

Joan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

When we arrived at the destination on the scheduled day of the tour, the tour guide did not have our reservations. He was pleased to hear that we were staying on the island and could reschedule. To make up for the inconvenience, we were picked up by boat at our timeshare, we had fewer people, and stayed out s bit longer. Great trip.

Trista K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Friendly people, beautiful scenery, knowledgable staff, great lunch, snorkeling at creol rock was fantastic, an all around wonderful experience!!! Well worth the money!! We would go again!

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