Philipsburg, St Maarten
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Overview

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. 
  • 6-hour 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.

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E
, 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!

A
, 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.

J
, 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 :

N
, Jul 2018

Awesome excursion.

C
, Apr 2018

4-4-18. The tour was fantastic, boats are amazing and the captain was super fun! 5 stars! Highly recommend! Wear lots of sunscreen!!

f
, Apr 2018

This Excursion was the best one we had during our Cruise. The two French captains were very nice and professional. They took us to beautiful beaches and landmarks. The speed boat was comfortable and fast. Despite the consequences of Hurricane Irma, which is still very visible, its worth going to St Maarten. We had to swim to the beach where the restaurant was so this may be a problem for some people, as the pier was still in bad shape. Overall, I recommend this excursion.

D
, Sep 2017

August 22, 2017

My husband and I did the this tour! We loved it! Raddick our captain was knowledgeable and very friendly. We saw some beautiful places....loved snorkeling at Creole rock! The lunch spot we went to was amazing......lots of locals and really great food! We really enjoyed having a small group excursion, we had about 15 people on our boat....much fewer than the cruise ship excursions. We would highly recommend this tour!
D and F, Canada

D
, Aug 2017

It was one of the best days spent in st martin. The day was a little windy but our captain Redek told us he would keep us safe and take us to the best places! The boat ride was so smooth, don't be afraid of windy weather at all! Our captain redek was so nice and informative, we were with my 2 kids 17 and 15. He even let them steer the boat for a bit, my son was thrilled! Snorkel and jumping off the boat was so fun, the water was beautiful.. all the friends we meet on the boat were awesome. It was like we all were on this fun vacation together. I can't say enough great stuff about our day on this beautiful boat and amazing captain. Thank you Redek for a great day we will always remember.

J
, Jul 2017

We have done a number of cruises in the Caribbean and Europe and this was hands down THE best shore tour we have ever done. Super fun with a mix of speed thrills and natural beauty. Our 10 year old son had a blast at the front of the boat going over the waves. The lunch was yummy and the waters were crystal clear for swimming and snorkelling. I would recommend this for anyone that seeks adventure. Not for the faint hearted. Thanks for a brilliant day!

L
, May 2017

Amazing island adventure.. Plan on being on a boat on the ocean.. This is not a catamaran ride.. Its a speedboat! we enjoyed ourself immensely! but some of the people we were with acted like they shouldnt go fast or get wet.. well Read the description! you see lots of beautiful things and is an awesome experience! But it isnt a sailboat ride lol!! Be prepared to have fun!! A One of the best things I ve ever done off of the cruise ships!!


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