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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
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Overview

When your cruise ship docks in St Maarten, explore the island on a 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. 
  • St Maarten sightseeing shore excursion and snorkel tour by speedboat
  • Explore spectacular bays and marine reserves only reached by boat
  • Snorkel around Tintamarre Island and Grand Case Bay’s Creole Rock
  • Feed fish in Long Bay and bask on the beach at La Samanna Resort
  • Enjoy lunch on Pinel Island at a local beachfront restaurant
  • Small-group tour limited to 11 ensures a more personalized experience with your professional guide
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
After your cruise ship docks at the Philipsburg cruise port, 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

The boat will hang out just off Maho Beach, the perfect place to place to watch as aircraft come in for a landing at nearby Princess Juliana Airport. Then it's just a short cruise back around Simpson Bay before arriving back at Dock Maarten Chesterfields Wharf, where your 6-hour adventure will end.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the St Maarten port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely 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:  
Robinson Speed Boat Tours
Our start point - Chesterfield marina Dock Maarten - 5 min walk from the cruise ship
Duration: 5 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Creole Rock
We spend 45 minutes here. This is the number 1 snorkeling spot on the island.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tintamarre Island
Tintamarre Feel like a “king or queen for the day” on beautiful tintamarre. after all, at one time this now deserted island had its own king, navy and airline. after arriving at baie blanche you can swim, snorkel, sunbathe or shuffle your sandy toes over to the island’s second beach just a short but rocky hop away. part of the marine park, tintamarre is home for many spectacular species of fish . If we're lucky you'll also encounter Sea Turtles and even stingrays.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Pinel Island
Pinel Island in orient bay, pinel’s warm shallow waters and soft sand beaches make this island a perfect spot for families or anyone who wants a low key day to unwind.want some exercise, bring your hiking shoes and head over to the other side of the island and its two other more deserted beaches. If you dare to pet the Iguanas be ready!!
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Grand Case
We stop there for Lunch if you wish. if you not planning to eat its also possible to check local stores , also the beach is amazing.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mullet Bay Beach
stop for a quick swim
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Maho Beach
of course a quick stop by the famous airport
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Fabulous Day
480suen
, Nov 2019
Well paced, excellent tour, beautiful scenery. Delicious lunch. Friendly and helpful crew. No worries for getting back to the ship. Really the best way to spend the day on the island!
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Always a Good Day on the Water
Karen H
, Jun 2019
In spite of a rather windy day, Captain Franco skillfully got our boat to the snorkeling and lunch site. Comfortable boat, liked the small number of people (8), beautiful islands.
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Excellent Trip!
Seaside62619994878
, Jun 2019
The captain and crew member were very knowledgeable and attentive to their guests, boat ride great, waters beautiful, snorkeling excellent and view of plane landing awesome! Couldn’t have been a better experience...Thank you!!
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Great Alternative to the often overbooked Cruiseline tours!
kathrynbMaine
, May 2019
Last March, 2018 on our annual family spring break cruise, my daughter & family had booked a snorkeling & speed boat tour directly through our RCL Freedom of the Seas concierge & loved it. When we were going to be in Philipsburg once again in March, 2019 on RCL's Adventure of the Seas we also wanted to join them on the snorkeling & speed boat tour. Sadly we found this cruise excursion sold out months in advance so we decided to try a Viator excursion. This turned out to be the highlight of our vacation & was much more inclusive w/ 2 more hrs of fun than the one had taken last year. We booked online at their website & saw they had a guarantee of returning in time for your cruise ship port departure which had been our only worry. We did need to walk abit further to the marina then other cruise ship passenger booked excursions but we are all in good health so this was no issue. We were greeted by the Viatour Representative & gave them our pre-printed vouchers. In short time, we were led to our well outfitted speedboat, exactly as represented in the online photos. There was plenty of room for all passengers & personal gear & our boat Captain and First Mate, Guillame & Sean did an excellent job in navigating us through our planned itinerary stops, very aware of best times to avoid the crowds at each snorkeling location & adapting stops accordingly. They also provided talks on the history of the two St. Maarten/Sint Martin sides, what famed personalities lived where, updates from the restorations necessary after Hurricane Irma came in 2017, and in general, delighted us at all of the stops &activities as promised in their online description. We did feel somewhat misled in the description about stopping for lunch -- we had assumed this would be at a restaurant onshore "enjoy a lunch beachside on Pinel Island" -- and indeed one could order and pay for lunch at this stop, but as it turned out, we were served delicious sandwiches onboard while at this stop so it was no big deal. They also provided cold beverages throughout our trip so that was accurately represented & enjoyed. We would all highly recommend this excursion (two almost 70's grandparents, 2 parents, and our 11 and 13 year old granddaughters) and would definitely do it again. It had so much to offer with a fun boat trip covering more than any land excursion, several snorkeling stops, and even souvenir shopping at Pinel Island w/ its sandy beach great for swimming.
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Awesome cruise around the island
HikerMomma2
, May 2019
Our captain, Anthonie, and his first mate (forgot her name, sorry!) did a wonderful job of making the tour around St. Maarten a wonderul experience. We stopped and snorkeled at 2 different sites, saw some turtles, visited several other beaches, and had a nice lunch of sandwiches and pizza. Free water, soda, and beer were also included. We enjoyed the relaxing times at each stop, as well as the excitement of the speed boat. Anthonie and his first mate did everything they could to make this an enjoyable experience, answering our many questions and highlighting facts about the island. This is by far our favorite excursion we have done. I would highly recommend this excursion, and will do this tour again when we visit the island.
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BRILLIANT TOUR & GREAT DAY
QueenofMaz
, Apr 2019
After looking at 2 other tours we decided on this Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour in order to have a more personalized experience on the water. There were 4 of us, 1 couple and 2 girlfriends for a total of 8 on the boat! It was awesome. Anthonie (Captain) and Oxana (1st mate) were awesome tour guides and very attentive. We toured both sides of the island (French and Dutch) and got a real understanding for both. The snorkeling spots were great, Pinel Island was beautiful and the sandwiches were delicious. If you want a great day on a fast boat with lots of interesting spots this is the tour for you!
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Amazing!
Go257632
, Jan 2019
Anthony and the team were amazing. By far the most exciting and enjoyable excursion on our cruise! We highly recommend! You get to stop at several beaches and snorkeling spots, we even went around the entire island!
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Great All Inclusive Island Tour Your Way
Climber25249901890
, Jan 2019
This excursion trip really hit on all the high points of St Maarten. The boat was a beautiful 38' center console that had plenty of room for all the people on the trip. The captains were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful throughout the day. This trip was great because we were able to make decisions on where we wanted to go which made it all the more enjoyable. There was no set schedule to stick to or rules to follow, it really provided the ability to see the island and all it has to offer in the best way possible. Saw a bunch of turtles and great snorkeling spots. Stopped at a few gorgeous beaches and ended the day with a perfectly timed fly by at the airport. Would highly recommend this excursion to any looking to really explore the best the island has to offer.
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Must do
Coastal43226045798
, Dec 2018
This is our second time with this company on this tour. This was the highlight of our trip and we will do it again when back. This company is ran by a small family and gives you that family personal touch, felt more like being on the boat with friends as opposed to a company. Their restaurant was destroyed during the hurricane so they now provide sandwiches, which are very good.
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This was the best island/water...
Jennifer M
, Sep 2018
This was the best island/water excursion we've ever taken. The other small group taking our boat arrived early as did our crew, so we actually got a 15-20 minute head start on the day. I'm going to butcher their names, so apologies, but Oksana and Anthony were the perfect guides for the day. They played awesome upbeat music, pointed out tons of interesting sights, and taught us about the different sides of the island. Oksana even went above and beyond by insisting to spray us down with her own sunscreen when we had forgotten ours, and Anthony did a great job of patching my finger up when I ripped off a nail when jumping over the side of the boat. The sandwiches they picked up for lunch were SO GOOD, too. Coolers were stocked with water, soda, and beer. Snorkeling stops were great saw tons of exotic fish. Also, hope you get Anthony because he truly is the iguana whisperer. That was a cool surprise. SO much better than the large group trips organized by the cruise ship--- this was more like heading out for the day with your islander friend who has a boat showing you the sights. Highly recommend this excursion to anyone who appreciates small group attention and a day on the water :

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