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Explore St Maarten 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. 


  • 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!

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This excursion was my favorite of the week. Redek, our captain, was the best, and so informative, and just a fun guy. Lunch was very good, sure surprised us, since my husband can be picky, but he loved it. A beautiful, exciting day!!

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.

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