• Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 40.00 View price calendar

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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

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had so much fun, Orient Beach was clean and beautiful, also Maho Beach and Airport were thrilling.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a perfect tour, we all loved Orient Beach and Maho Beach not only had those exciting planes but also a very cool bar to hang out and listen to music if you needed to get out of the sun for a bit.
Loved it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The tour was great! The staff was nice and friendly. Beware it is difficult to find the departure location. We were scheduled to leave at 9 am. The biggest frustration was that we arrived by 8:45 am as communicated only to wait until 10:00 am for three very late people.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We visited both beaches. We were there for 2 hours so it gave us plenty of time to do what we wanted. The tour was exactly as described on the website, there were no surprises. Our driver Anthony was excellent and very knowledgeable when answering any questions we had about the island. At orient beach we rented beach chairs for a discounted fee of only 5 a chair. The driver also genorously offered us refreshments on the bus ride between the beaches and the port. We were driven back to the port with plenty of time left to visit some local shops before boarding. The tour was well organized and I highly recommend it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Very informative tour. Had a great day stopping at several beaches, watch the planes fly overhead at macho beach, ate great food.

Misty L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was amazing!

Regina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was amazing.Our tour guide Bert was so informative and entertaining.This was one of the top excursions that I have been on. I highly recommend this tour for St Maarten.

Paula H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The tour and stays at the beaches were relaxing and fun. The food was excellent. In addition, the trip to the airport to watch the planes fly right over our heads was awesome. I did not experience the thrill of being blown around by the airplanes when they took off. But, my husband and our friends did and I am glad they survived.

Rob M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Our guide, Anthony was great. Gave us the low down on the island during the ride. Loved Orient Beach, very peaceful and the kids had a blast on the banana boat ride. I could have stayed here all day. Maho beach was pretty cool. The food and drinks at the restaurant were super expensive though. The water was awesome and of course it was cool watching the planes come in. My wife was very nervous before going to Maho but Anthony told us to stay away from the fence and out of the way directly behind the runway as planes were taking off.....This ended up being my wife's favorite day of our vacation!! One last thing.....RUM PUNCH!!!!!

Lynn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We had a brilliant tour. We had free refreshments given. Our driver was very knowledgeable with the history of the island. We did struggle to hear sometimes due to very rude loud Americans who would not shut up and talking over him. The beach stop was lovely and the maho stop was our favourite as we have always wanted to do this. Would recommend to anyone, good value for money.

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