St. Maarten Cruise Port Tours

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With more than 2 million annual cruise visitors, St. Maarten has long been one of the busiest cruise ports in the Caribbean. Located in the island capital of Philipsburg, it’s not only the gateway to the Dutch side of St. Maarten but also a popular choice for visitors heading to the French side of St. Martin.
 
The Basics
St. Maarten’s small size makes it easy to explore the island on a half- or full-day shore excursion, either by small boat or minivan. Popular destinations on St. Maarten include Maho Beach, Simpson Bay, and Oyster Bay, where activities include swimming, snorkeling, and boat cruises. Many tours also run to St. Martin, where highlights include the capital of Marigot, a cruise across the Simpson Bay Lagoon, snorkeling at Creole Rock, or the beach resorts of Grand Case Beach and Orient Beach.
 
Alternatively, the town of Philipsburg itself offers plenty of opportunities for duty-free shopping, as well as a large selection of beachfront bars, casinos, and restaurants around Great Bay.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Shore excursions usually include port pickup and drop-off.
  • Tours typically last between four and six hours.
  • Bring your passport with you if you plan to cross between the French and Dutch sides of the island.
  • Be sure to pack your swimsuit, towel, and sun protection—most tours offer a chance for swimming or snorkeling.
 
How to Get to Philipsburg from the St. Maarten Cruise Port
Cruise ships dock at the AC Wathey Pier & Port Facility around 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) south of Philipsburg center. It’s an easy 20-minute walk into town, but water taxis also make the short trip, leaving from Captain Hodge Pier (signposted at the terminal). Regular taxis are also available outside the cruise terminal.
 
Port Information
In St. Maarten, the local language is Dutch and it's French in St. Martin, but almost everyone speaks English. The official currency is the Netherlands Antillean guilder on the Dutch side and the euro on the French side, but American dollars are accepted everywhere. Most shops and restaurants also accept credit cards.
Location
Address: Gare Maritime, Boulevard de France, Marigot, St. Maarten, St Maarten
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg

Explore the quaint towns, sunny beaches and local food of St Martin on this 4.5-hour shore excursion from Philipsburg. Get to know the French side (St-Martin) and the Dutch side (St Maarten) of the island with your local guide. Learn about the European cultural flavor and the divided colonial past of this small tropical island. This outing is covered by the Viator worry-free shore excursion policy.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

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. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Lucas Bay Sightseeing

Experience the highlights of St Maarten on this 5-hour shore excursion leaving from the cruise port. Ride in an air-conditioned van to Maho Beach on the Dutch side of this Caribbean island and Lucas Bay on the French side. Learn about the culture and history of the island from your guide while enjoying complimentary beer, water and soda. Visit the villages of Grand Case and Marigot before being returned on-time for your cruise ship's departure.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Shore Excursion: St Maarten Beach, Sightseeing and Shopping Tour

Once your cruise ship docks in St Maarten, sightsee, shop and spend time on the island's famous beaches. During this guided tour, explore a colorful local market to shop for souvenirs and taste some native pastries and cocktails. Visit Orient Beach for some fun in the sunshine and Maho Beach to watch jumbo jets fly close overhead and land at the nearby airport. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port is provided.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach Round-Trip Transfer

Discover the thrill of St Maarten's Maho Beach, where jetliners literally fly less than 100 feet above sunbathers—making for a heart-pounding experience. Set out from your Philipsburg port to enjoy Maho's white sands and Caribbean waters as well as its Sunset Beach Bar, where you can sip cocktails (own expense) while actually feeling the vibrations of incoming and outgoing planes. Not only is it sensory overload, but you'll score some incredible pics. This shore excursion includes round-trip port of call transfer.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Beach Day at Divi Little Bay Resort

During your beach day at Divi Little Bay Resort, rest assured that all amenities are available to you. In addition to a private white sand beach, your day pass grants you access to restaurants and cafes, shops, bathrooms, and unlimited use of snorkeling equipment. With chairs and umbrellas included, a visit to Divi Little Bay is a popular choice for families.
  • Duration: 3 to 8 hrs
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  • Duration: 3 to 8 hrs
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Beaches and Shopping in Marigot

Explore Oyster Bay, Orient Beach and Maho Beach on during this 6-hour tour from St Maarten. With a local guide, sightsee on both the French and Dutch sides of the island. Stroll through the town of Marigot, the capital of the French side of the island, visiting the boutiques and galleries that line the streets. A complimentary drink and round-trip transportation from the cruise port is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Shore Excursion: Orient Beach and Maho Beach Adventure

When your cruise ship docks in St Maarten, spend time on the legendary local shorelines of Orient Beach and Maho Beach. During this 5-hour shore excursion, spend 2 hours at Orient Beach where you can rent a lounge chair and sip on a tropical cocktail (own expense). Head over to Maho Beach to watch the jumbo jets fly overhead and land at the nearby airport for 2 hours. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port is included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour

While your ship is in St Maarten's port, swim and lounge at Orient Beach and Maho Beach on this half-day shore excursion. Jet ski, paraglide or sail at Orient Beach, then grab a snack at one of the many bars and restaurants there. Travel to Maho beach and watch jumbo jets fly overhead to land at the nearby airport. A guide, complimentary refreshments and round-trip transportation from the cruise port are included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Best of Half Day Snorkeling and Beach Tour

Explore the natural landscape of St. Maarten without the hassle of planning on a boat cruise to the best snorkeling areas for spotting wildlife. With free time to relax, swim, or explore at your own pace, this tour is a popular choice for families with children and visitors traveling in groups. No need to plan logistics: Complimentary snacks, refreshments, and an open bar are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Shore Excursion: Philipsburg to Marigot Sightseeing Tour

After your cruise ship docks in St Maarten's port, embark on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of both the French and Dutch sides of the island. With a local guide, explore the Dutch side's capital of Philipsburg, then cross the border to discover the charming Marigot, St Martin. Make photo stops at scenic viewpoints and stroll through the shop-lined streets of both towns. Learn about the history and culture of this divided island, sip a complimentary drink, and enjoy round-trip transportation from the cruise port.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach

After your ship docks in St Maarten's cruise port, see the sights on both the French and Dutch sides of the island during this tour led by a local guide. Enjoy beautiful views of the island and its shorelines at several lookout points, then head to the legendary Maho and Orient Beaches. Spend some time walking and shopping in the town of Marigot, and enjoy a shopping stop in Philipsburg as well. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port is provided.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Sand Dollar Snorkeling Adventure

With morning and afternoon departure times, this boat tour and snorkeling excursion is a convenient and popular choice for visitors traveling on cruise ships docked at Dock Maarten. In addition to navigating, your guide ensures you visit the best locations for observing reef fish and wildlife. No need to plan logistics: Snorkel gear, snacks, drinks, and bottled water are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of St Maarten

Explore St. Maarten without the hassle of planning on a private tour with convenient, round-trip transport from Philipsburg ports. In addition to navigating, your guide provides little-known facts and anecdotes about St. Maarten’s history and culture. To ensure your comfort and a personal experience, the day’s itinerary is customized to your interests, with stops ranging from a secluded beach to shopping in Marigot.
  • Duration: Flexible
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  • Duration: Flexible
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing with Shopping

After your ship docks in St Maarten's cruise port, see the sights on both the French and Dutch sides of the island during this 4-5 hour tour led by a local guide. Enjoy beautiful views of the island and its shorelines at several lookout points, then pass through the legendary Maho Beach and Orient Beach. Spend some time walking and shopping in the town of Marigot, and enjoy a shopping stop in Philipsburg as well. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port is provided.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Sky Explorer and Flying Dutchman with transfers from the Pier

Take in rare aerial views of St. Maarten and the surrounding landscape on a zip line course with convenient round-trip transport from the Philipsburg pier. In addition to guided instruction, the day’s itinerary includes an admission ticket to an historic plantation museum that educates visitors on the island’s legacy of slavery.
  • Duration: 4 hours 27 minutes
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Eco-Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Lunch

Explore the natural landscape of St. Maarten away from the crowds on a boat tour to a range of secluded locations. In addition to navigating, the boat crew ensure personal and comfortable experience by providing an open bar, snacks, and snorkeling gear. Stops on the itinerary include Tintamarre Island, snorkeling at Creole Rock, lunch at Grand Case, and views from Airport Beach.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Sky Explorer and Museum with Transfers From Pier

Immerse yourself in the history and natural landscape of St. Maarten on a day trip to the island’s highest mountain, with convenient pick-up and drop-off from the Philipsburg port. The day starts with admission to an historic plantation museum that educates visitors about the island’s legacy of slavery. Afterwards, take in sweeping views of the island and ocean rarely seen by visitors from a chair lift ride.
  • Duration: 4 hours 18 minutes
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Half Day Boat Tour to Creole Rock - Great Snorkeling spot in Nature Reserve

Discover the diverse marine life around St. Maarten during this half-day speedboat snorkeling tour. Head to Creole Rock and swim around the island in search of a multitude of tropical fish and colorful corals. See the beautiful mansions of Terre Basse, the luxury yachts of Marigot, and watch the jumbo jets landing at Princess Juliana Airport before heading back to Simpson Bay. 
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Sky Explorer Schooner and Sentry Hill Line Tour with Transfers from Pier

Three exciting experiences in one excursion. Consisting of two lifts the Sky Explorer brings you to the top of one of St. Maarten’s highest peaks while the scenery unfolds below you. The Schooner Ride sends you surfing down the mountain in an inner tube. Fly high on the Sentry Hill Zip Line over the mountain ridge enjoying the stunning views then enjoy the sky Explorer back down.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Snorkel, Beach & Island Explorer Shore Excursion

Leave the crowds behind and enjoy a day of snorkeling and beaches while our experienced, local guides relate the historical and current highlights of our island home. Our small group tour allows you to enjoy the day at your own pace. Maximize your snorkeling time without the constraint of bells or whistles calling you back to the boat. Relax, sit back and let the knowledgeable guides show you all that this beautiful island has to offer. Our all inclusive price includes transportation/pickup, drinks, food and snorkel gear rental. We have been touring this island for over 10 years and we have a few little surprises that you won't see on many of the other cookie-cutter, crowded, big boat tours!
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Sky Explorer and Schooner Ride With Transfers From Pier

With round-trip transport from the Philipsburg pier, this tubing and ziplining day trip is a popular choice for visitors traveling on cruise ships. No previous experience is necessary: Guided instruction is included at the adventure course. The day’s itinerary includes admission to an historic plantation museum that educates visitors on the island’s legacy of slavery.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Shore Excursion: St Maarten Snorkeling Tour

After your cruise ship docks in the early morning at St Maarten's port, embark on a guided tour of the island's attractions by land and sea. Follow your local guide to snorkel, swim and sightsee during this 4-hour excursion. Snorkel over a submerged shipwreck, then visit the legendary Maho Beach to watch the airplanes fly overhead. Light snacks, rum punch, snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation to the cruise port are included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkel Trip

Discover the protected waters of St Maarten's Creole Rock on a half-day snorkeling tour from Philipsburg. Enjoy a leisurely boat trip ride to the popular bird rookery and delve into an underwater world teeming with barracuda, sea turtles and frogfish. Swim among clear shallow waters then refuel on deck with cold beers and snacks. Even non-swimmers can enjoy the beauty and amenities of the coastal cruise. This shore excursion guarantees on on-time return to your port of call.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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