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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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What You Can Expect

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

Explore the beaches of St Maarten

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.

Customer Reviews

Junko T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The bus tour was fun and easy to go to the best beaches in St Marrten.

Lauren C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It was so awesome! The beach was beautiful and it was so exciting to see the planes landing and taking off. For adrenaline junkies, this is a must. You watch people lose their sunglasses, towels, and even some tumble right into the ocean because they chose to stand behind the jet stream as the planes took off. Hilarious and awesome.

vicki-ann G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great day out. Easy to find the driver at the port.
He was lovely, very happy to chat.
Orient beach was lovely, nice place to relax except for the people trying to sell stuff.
Maho beach was good fun and this is why we took this tour.
However the time spent here was perfect, glad we did the Orient beach as well.
We got back to the boat in plenty of time no stress.

Huong N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We booked this tour online through Viator. The online service was good and meticulous. I was nervous to book this tour outside of the program of our cruise ship. They said don't book with the outside people because cruise ship won't be responsible if we are late, but the overall experience was satisfaction. We got direction how to look for the agent when we got off the ship. It took us a few minutes to find them. It would be helpful if they waited for us at the entrance with the sign.
The guide named Wellington was cheerful and informative. They got rum punch, beer, and soft drinks on the bus for us. We went to the Orient Beach first on the French side, and it's not a favorite side by local people. This beach is pretty quiet, the interesting thing Wellington told us is clothing is optional on the other side of the beach which he is not going to take us to, but we can get there in 5 minutes. I wasn't about to go there to see it because I am with my family. But when he dropped us at the safe beach, there was a lady came up from the water topless!

The purpose of my tour was to see the Maho Beach, the second half of the tour. Before taking the cruise, I did some research as when was the best time to get to Maho to see those big jumbo airplanes coming in for landing. We got there and missed the landing part of the KLM, but we saw it took off. On the beach is the famous Sunset Bar and Grill where you can eat, drink, and watch the flight schedule for the next landing. I would say this tour was worth it and much cheaper than what the cruise ship offer. I recommended.

Patricia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide was fantastic and told us so much about st. Martins. Highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

alot of fun and great tour guide, tip: for a few dollars grab a golf cart ride from ship to the area where you meet , quite a long walk and with inlays was just too far and we would have not known where exactly to go, the golf cart brought us all to the meeting place for a fair tip!!!!

Carlos L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This excursion was perfect, exactly what we were looking for. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable of the key places on the island. I highly recommend them!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an awesome - off ship excursion option and I am very glad that I booked it. The time at each location was the perfect length. Our tour guide/bus driver was super awesome and shared with us plenty of fruit/rum punch.

Mindy Ricker

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Except for the sunburn I got, this was a FABULOUS excursion! Great beach, informative guide and plenty of free time to explore or veg....

Rae N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour!! Orient beach is beautiful and Maho beach is a must-see to experience the planes!!

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