Board a historical schooner for a cruise that includes snorkeling and a gourmet lunch. During this 4.5-hour excursion led by an expert crew, sail over turquoise Caribbean waters along the tropical coastline of St Maarten to dock in Long Bay. With your small group of twenty people or less, munch on homemade snacks and sip a drink from the open bar before diving in for some snorkeling. Relax on deck in the sun and enjoy a gourmet lunch before heading back to shore.
Half-day schooner sail in St Maarten with lunch
Sail aboard a historical ship with an experienced and personable crew
Snorkel in the pristine waters of a calm bay
Dine on a gourmet lunch, including your choice of mahi mahi or chicken
Enjoy delicious home-cooked snacks and unlimited drinks from an open bar
Small-group tour limited to 20 ensures a more personalized experience
Make your way to the St Maarten Yacht Club and Bar in the mid-morning to embark on your 4.5-hour sailing adventure. Meet your friendly, expert crew when you climb aboard the 'Passaat', a 100-foot (30-meter) historical schooner that was built in 1911. Find a spot to relax on deck and grab a soda, wine, beer or rum punch from the bar. Get to know the other passengers in your group, limited to twenty people to ensure personalized attention and an intimate experience. As you sail up the coastline of St Maarten, the captain will cut the engines and unfurl the sails. Munch on a homemade coconut or banana cake, accompanied by tropical fruits, and listen to the soothing sounds of the wind and the waves. When the boat drops anchor in Long Bay, on the French side of the island, dive in for some snorkeling in the warm, calm water. Swim among schools of tropical fish and the living coral, exploring the underwater world. Back on deck, dig in to a traditional Caribbean lunch of chicken, mahi mahi, rice and plantains. (Please request vegetarian options in advance). When lunch is finished, enjoy the views or take a nap on the sun-drenched deck as the boat returns to the harbor after 4.5 hours.
Our family enjoyed a relaxing half day cruise. The crew were welcoming and the local knowledge was interesting to hear and not scripted.
Lunch was fantastic! Snorkeling was at our own pace and not rushed.
We look forward to our next trip aboard the Passaat.
Really enjoyed this trip. The boat is clean and the owners are the operators. The food was delicious! The sail has a large advertisement on it, so it doesn't look identical to the one in the photo, but otherwise is pretty accurate. The operators do not cater to the cruise industry, so it was nice to be on board with just 3 other couples.
My wife and I had a great time on this trip! The crew was a very friendly Dutch couple, and there was loads of room on the boat. They prepared us a legitimately delicious lunch, along with homemade rum cake, and they kept our drinks full. This was the perfect trip for my wife and I, since she would have gotten seasick on one of the smaller boats, and we got to enjoy the company of the other passengers and crew on board this massive sail boat. We also enjoyed the snorkeling in Long Bay.
It was wonderful! My husband and I had so much fun. Strangely enough, we met folks from our home, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, on the trip. The food was beautifully presented and tasted out of this world. Pieter and Marion were gracious hosts. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Five Stars!
Pieter and Mirian were awesome hosts. The water was really rough the day we went out but we all had fun. The lunch was made fresh and very tasty. The ship is very beautiful and this was an easy trip. Mirian arranged for a cab for us to return to the ship afterward as well. Great job!
A good sail out past beautiful beaches and the airport. After setting anchor, the snorkel had schools of fish and other sea life teaming in the natural cutouts and eddies in water by the rocks. A fine repast was served back aboard the vessel. Captain and crew knew their business and enjoy a life on the water. A relaxing sail back to port completed a fun tour with plenty of drink, good exercise and food.