Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Met up with tour guide Bert at info desk right next to where the Allure docked, it was a small tour group with four of us and one other lady. We toured the island in a comfortable air-conditioned van, and Bert provided unlimited chilled bottled water and juices in the cooler. We arrived at the beautiful Orient Beach first, we rented 2 lounge chairs under umbrella by the water and wife got a leg massage with aloe from a local right on the chair. We stayed for 45 minutes at the beach but wished it could've been longer. Unfortunately when we got to the next stop, Marigot, it was pouring down rain, so we weren't able to explore the town too much, but we did have tasty macarons at a French bakery there. Our final stop was at Maho Beach. It was a very small beach but we were there to see the planes take off and land @ the 4th most dangerous airport in the world! It was an awesome experience and something you don't see everyday. We got back to ship in plenty of time. Bert was courteous, funny, full of knowledge about history of this island, we highly recommend Bert and this tour. St. Maarten is a beautiful island, I wish we can go back again.
Great time with what turned out to be a semiprivate tour for our family and one other couple. Oscar was very knowledgeable, always ensuring our comfort and helping us to learn about the Island and its history. Our 19 and 18 yr old young man stayed engaged and interested, no small feat. Enough time during the stops and at same time, not too much time so that the tour kept moving. Van was clean, comfortable and well provisioned. Clearly, well run and well worth the time and value. Still left time at end of our tour for local shopping as desired.
Bert was our guide and was easy to find at the information booth. Bert was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the island. This tour gives you a chance to see a great deal of the island. The only drawback is because you get to see so much of the island, some of the stops could have been longer, however I realize you can only fit so much in with the tour time frame. I would recommend Bert and the tour for a great chance to see the island.
My family had a wonderful time with Bert on our island tour of Sr Maarten. The vehicle was air conditioned and there was plenty of room for everyone. All kinds of soda, beer, rum punch, and water were available. We couldn't of asked for a better guide and driver. Don't hesitate to tour with Bert. We went to all the places listed in the shore excursion description.
This was a great way to visit several key places on one trip. The places that I really wanted to visit were Marigot and Maho Beach. Not only did we go to both places, I was thrilled with the unexpected stop at Orient Beach. My family would love to spend more time there, jet skiing and paddle boarding. $10 for the use of two very comfortable padded beach chairs and umbrella was a steal! Bert and Oscar were a great team. Bert (owner of the tour company) was full of information about St Martin / St Maarten and presented it in a way to keep the interest of his passengers. The bus was a very nice small bus with awesome A/C! Unlimited bottled water, soft drinks, rum punch was also a nice touch. Loved that it was a small group (14 people). Highly recommend this tour.
Highly recommend! Our guide Rose was amazing and the guava berry rum punch was super yummy!
All we had read about Bert is true! He is a wonderful tour guide, with colorful and cheerful details about both sides of St. Maarten! We really appreciated his historical information, mixed in with recent anecdotes about this beautiful area. And the cooler filled with chilled soft drinks and water was a big hit with the warm temperatures that day! We will be sure to tell all of our cruising friends about this great tour!
Great photo ops. Bert the tour guide was fantastic and knew everything about the island. Maho Beach is a must do to see planes land/take off. You will get jet blasted but it was so much fun. Food was great too!! Viator you are the best with selecting these tours!!
A wonderful tour experience and one of the highlights of our Caribbean trip. Our family of 7 was met at the pier by Bert and taken to your modern and air conditioned tour bus. It was a nice touch to have cold drinks a available on board. Our guide was interesting, helpful and obliged everyone by stopping along the way for photo ops but also made sure saw all the sights of this beautiful island. Our unanimous best was our stop at Grand Case Beach. Our young grand daughter delighted in swimming in the ocean and building sand castles on the beach. We would have wished to spend more time there and less at Marigot. Our disappointment was Maho Beach. We arrived during a busy lunch hour and by the time we were served and ate had little beach time. From our perspective a reverse of beach order would have been preferable.
Would we recommend this tour? YOU BET. Excellent value for the money spent and a good time was had by all.
Our tour guide was Burt and this is an excellent tour. This tour takes you to the most beautiful beaches and scenic sites. Maho beach was the best with the planes coming in right over your head. Bert gives you a very good narration of the history of the island and explains all the sights as you come to them. The scenery is picture perfect. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone
Excellent! Guaranteed on time return to ship! Half the price and twice the time of Oceania's equivalent tour. I wish Viator had tours in more places!