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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. 

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

Enjoy a speed boat tour in St Maarten!

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.

Customer Reviews

kcarrigan26

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Fantastic tour! The boat was well maintained and spacious thanks to a no-show group of 7. The marina is an easy 10 minute walk from the port and Mike and Bob were waiting to greet us. Our captains Adrian and Joel were terrific. We weren't able to visit all the usual spots on the tour due to rough seas, but we didn't feel like we missed out on anything. Lunch at Caribbean Grill was the best food we had all week. They had us back to the marina in plenty of time for another leisurely 10 minute stroll back to the ship. We are already looking forward to planning another visit to St. Maarten and would book this tour again in a heartbeat.

Wayne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This trip is amazing ,I would highly recommend to everyone ,The directions and efficiency of the whole outfit is very well put together .Adrian and Joell where so funny and entertaining ,Great music as well .The Lunch was delicious and fast .The only thing I would say was disappointing is we ran out of Beer Idont think they were prepared for a few drinkers on board . However that been said I would definitely go again .Thank you so much for such an amazing adventure

mauroboccuni

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very recommended tour. The captain of the speed boat was the best we could have!

Charles W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fantastic tour. great snorkeling. great lunch

Gregory J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

excellent tour.. Speed boat, the french side.. no more said! snorkeling, lunch on a beautiful beach restaurant, Beer, a cruise around the island we also get to see the large planes land and take off almost on the beach. Its by far my favorite island!

Mark T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great day on the water! Our Captain Yanis made the trip both fun and informative. The snorkeling was great and the lunch in Grand Case was excellent!!

kristy.baron.il

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was absolutely FANTASTIC! We were on a cruise and booked this through Viator and had a great experience. The crew made sure we had more then enough time to get back to our ship at the end of the day. At the first snorkel spot we saw lots of beautiful fish and three sea turtles! That alone was an amazing experience - our captain was looking for the turtles and then would tell us from the boat where to swim and find them. All the snorkeling spots were great, we saw awesome reefs and get in a few schools of needle fish which was very cool. Lunch was great we all loved the food order a guavaberry coloda - its at the bar and it's extra but so worth it. We went by the famous airport and that was pretty neat, The last swimming sport we went to at the lagoon was by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! Amazing - we all had a great time!

Lee M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

WONDERFUL experience. Captain Roderick was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the day. We traveled to the best snorkel spots, ate lunch at a wonderful local place in Grand Case, and got to see many different things only accessible by boat. Well worth the money, we will be doing this again!

simone v b b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I recommend this tour. The places we visited are very beautiful and the tour is very well organized.

Beman P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

great time the guide was full of life funny really gel'd with our whole group very observant to everyones needs its always good to see that the person in charge loves what they do and wants all around to have a good time as well

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