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Address: Orient Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
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St Maarten Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour

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Absolutely AMAZING!!

This little island was my favorite place to go to while visiting Cayman! The waters are so beautiful and the boat trip is only 7 minutes to get there! Go early because the last... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This little island was my favorite place to go to while visiting Cayman! The waters are so beautiful and the boat trip is only 7 minutes to get there! Go early because the last boat ride back is around 4 or 5 pm! I recommend this place to everyone who goes to Cayman Islands and wish I found this place... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived via Captain Alan's boat trip. The day we went had been raining in the morning so they had closed the restaurant and gift shop and we pretty much had the island to ourselves! It was beautiful white sand and amazing call blue waters. We walked along and saw the restaurant and bar and the gift shop. Lots of... More 

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Niskayuna, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

NO place on St Martin like this ! From the cute little boat ride over, which we were very surprised in a year had jumped to 12.00 a person, but still worth it. Karibuni beach is the one we head to . Our good friend Fran made us a front row reservation so only steps to the most calm amazing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The wife and I rented a kayak to get out to Pinel Island, so I can't speak much for the ferry boat. The island itself was phenomenal with a small restaurant/bar and very cool local giftshop. Didn't hike at all as I didn't have the shoes, but just along the back area of the beach was an entire family of... More 

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Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

So many things to do on this great island, hiking,swimming,snorkelling,eating, drinking and best of all people watching! There is a water taxi that will bring you over from Cul de Sac and return when you want. We normally visit by yacht so we get to stay overnight when all the tourists have gone.

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churchville,PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Went to Pinel on Capt. Alans snorkling excursion out of Oyster Bay. It is a short fun trip by boat. Prepare to get wet. Once at Pinel your in crystal clear water looking for Turtles and other sea life. Alan provides the equipment as well as lunch and beverages. I swam with one sea turtle for about 15 minutes. A... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This place is a gem. I am so glad we went. You take a small ferry boat for about 5 minutes and get transported to tranquil heaven! Great food and just a great place to relax. Very calm and shallow water. We will definitely be back!

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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This little gem of an island just off the coast on the northeast French side was the highlight of our trip. Pinel island is reached by ferry (and I use the term loosely) from a small dock at Cul-de-Sac. There you can catch a ride in a small boat (seats 28 if you get close to your neighbor) with wooden... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The beach offers a gentle slope that is perfect for small children. Chairs rent for 2/$25. This was recommended by locals, but there are many beaches that are much nicer on the main island. This wouldn't be on my list of repeat visits.

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Gee...What a mess! Go to Anse Marcel Beach instead. The boat was dirty. The dock and surrounding nearby area was disgusting. Even an old engine just laying next to the dock with garbage everywhere. Got there..Boat felt unsafe....Paid more than the going rate for food and beer. No shelter other than the paid for umbrellas. If you want a secluded... More 

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