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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour

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Sint Maarten, Sint Maarten
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
  • Half-day shore excursion to St Maarten beaches
  • Find water sports equipment for hire at Orient Bay Beach
  • At Maho Beach, watch planes fly close overhead from Princess Juliana International Airport
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments (water, beer, soda or guavaberry rum punch)
  • Hear entertaining commentary from your local guide
  • Round-trip transport from cruise port included
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Local guide
Beverages (water, beer, soda, guavaberry rum punch) while intransit
Port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned coach or van
Worry-free shore excursion guarantee
Gratuities
Food
Beverages at lunch

Departure Point

Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise Pier, Sint Maarten

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities, 79 Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, Sint Maarten


Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your friendly guide at the Philipsburg cruise port and board a comfortable, air-conditioned van for transport to your first beach stop. Onboard, enjoy complimentary refreshments like water, beer, soda and rum punch.

Arrive at St Maarten's longest beach, Orient Bay Beach, where you'll stay for approximately 2 hours. Spread out your towel and relax in the sand, wade or swim in the calm aqua waters, or visit some of the nearby beach bars and restaurants. Sailboats, jet skis and paragliding excursions are all available, as well as some kids' activities (at your own expense.)

Around midday, return to the vehicle for the trip to Maho Bay Beach. Famous for its proximity fo Princess Juliana International Airport, the beach is a great place to see jumbo jets fly in and out of the island. Stroll the white sand beach, lounge in the sand, or watch the waves crash on the rocky coast during your 2-hour stay here. Visit the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill for lunch (own expense) while listening to a live feed from the airport's control tower.

After your half day of fun in the sun and sand, enjoy drop-off back at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Philipsburg port for this activity. In the rare 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Maho Beach
Maho Beach is located on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. It is famous for being adjacent to the Princess Juliana International Airport making it at attraction to visitors and locals alike and for plane-watchers enthusiast.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Orient Bay Beach
One of the most popular beaches on the island located on the French Side. Guest can take part in water sports activities or lounge on the beach chairs. Or hang out at the local beach bars and try the island's local mixed rums.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen
  • Minimum age to consume alcohol is 18 years
  • Note: tour departure time is based on local island time, not cruise ship time
  • During the winter season (November-March) there is an additional departure time of 10am. The 9am departure time is available year-round
  • Please Note: A portion of Orient Beach is clothing optional.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour.

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Ok
Passport701638
, Oct 2019
Not what I was expecting..kinda longer that it should have been. Drove around the whole island to see 2 beaches..
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An Awful Start to Vacation
Odyssey16431794674
, Jul 2019
We showed up on time and no one came. When I called, they said that the trip was cancelled. They did not contact via email or phone us prior to the trip. We spent $60 on a taxi and have not been issued a refund.
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Tour was good, traffic was a nightmare
hokiemomof2
, Jun 2019
We loved the tour guide "Sir Anthony", but probably wouldn't take this tour again because I think we were on the bus longer than we were on the beaches. Plus, a few people came back to the bus in Maho Beach about 20 mins late. This was really rude, but the driver patiently waited for them and then we took off, only to sit in more traffic on the way back to the ship.
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Awesome!
trammellsrus
, Jun 2019
The driver was friendly and knowledgeable, and he shared some interesting facts about the island. Orient Beach was BEAUTIFUL and not over run with people. While we were there, we stopped to get drinks at the KonTiki Hut and they were delicious. MaHo Beach was pretty, but it much more populated and busy. BUT the experience of the planes coming in overhead is something I’ll never forget. Great trip and would definitely do it again!
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Orient bay is beautiful
Richnow66
, Jun 2019
Do yourself a favor and skip Maho Beach. Small crowded beach with overpriced restaurants serving sub-par food. Spend the time shopping or sightseeing instead. There is nothing to do around the area.
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Beach Relaxation!
Lewis R
, May 2019
My wife and I just wanted to relax on some beaches. And with this tour. We hit the jackpot. First we visited Orient beach. Our visit was May 2019 and they were still rebuilding after a devastating hurricane hit 2 years prior. However, seating was fantastic, facilities great and service better! Next we had a very fun time at Majo beach watching large passenger jets fly over as they landed- so close you felt like you could touch the jets! Again, great restaurants and bars helping to make our visit extremely fun. And, can not forget our tour guide, Tony who answered all our questions and provided free refreshments. For fun and relaxation, you will not go wrong with this tour!
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Refund
Paradise42845470193
, Apr 2019
Please issue refund for the trip that was cancelled on me but only once I’d got to the tent to register on the island. Would have appreciated some communication prior
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We stopped at St. Maarten on a cruise...
Amanda B
, Sep 2018
We stopped at St. Maarten on a cruise stop and I only wish we had more time to visit. We went to Orient Beach first- it was a beautiful beach. There was a lot of seaweed on the beach, as well as some floating in the water, but the atmosphere was calm and peaceful. I highly recommend supporting their re-building by renting chairs/umbrellas and/or water sports equipment, or buying from the locals. We then headed to Maho Beach, where we got to see several planes arrive and depart. What a cool experience! I definitely recommend this half-day tour, which also provides drinks and transportation believe it or not, there is a lot of traffic!.
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Way too much driving. They don't go...
Kristen Hepburn
, Jun 2018
Way too much driving. They don't go by ship time. Make sure to check the timing in your notes to be on time.
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Wellington was the best tour guide...
Steven R
, May 2018
Wellington was the best tour guide ever! He put up with some very drunk people and made the trip fun. Trip was switched from Orient Beach to 2 beaches on the Dutch side due to the Hurricane. Can't understand the reviews of a few who say they were at Orient in January as we still were cancelled in May?? Maho was just ok....Food at the Sunset bar sucked but it was fun to see the planes fly over. Overall we had fun though....thanks to Wellington! Good luck getting that roof on your house!
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