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Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay

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  • St Maarten self-drive boat tour from Simpson Bay
  • Travel from the Dutch side of the island to the French side on your own personal watercraft, led by an expert guide
  • Pass by secluded beaches and bays on the island’s west coast
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Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay
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Overview
Discover the beauty of St Maarten's western coast aboard a self-drive inflatable boat—a unique alternative to the typical sightseeing tour. A knowledgable guide will accompany you on your journey from Philipsburg to Creole Rock on the island's French side. Once arriving, spend some time snorkeling in protected waters alongside sea turtles and schools of tropical fish, then get back behind the wheel to marvel at hidden bays and beaches.

*Please note: in order to book multiple boats, you will need to make separate bookings
What to Expect
Arrive at the local tour operator’s office at Simpson Bay 30 minutes before your selected departure time to check in and listen to a safety briefing. Then grab your provided snorkeling gear and life jacket, and head to your personal watercraft — a 10-foot (3-meter), 3-person inflatable boat called a Rhino.

If you’re driving, hop in the front seat and grab the wheel; if you’re the passenger, sit behind the driver and hold on to the side handles. Warm up the engine and familiarize yourself with the throttle, which controls your speed. Pose for a photo that you can purchase later, if you wish, and then begin your trip through Simpson Bay Lagoon, following your guide toward the open sea.

Admire rows of sleek yachts docked in the marina, and cross under the bridge that takes you from the Dutch side of the island, St Maarten, to the French side, St-Martin. When you reach the open sea, zoom toward Creole Rock, which lies off the island’s northwestern coast and is part of a protected marine park.

Pass by Lovers Beach, Happy Bay and Grand Case on your way to Creole Rock. Follow your guide's lead to anchor your boat, then jump in the water. You have 30 to 45 minutes to snorkel around the rocky island, looking for marine life like sea turtles, rays and reef fish, or you can grab a noodle from your guide and just float. Drinks are also provided.

After snorkeling and swimming, head back to your starting point, where your tour ends. You can look over your photo and purchase drinks or snacks, if you wish.
Reviews (46)
1 - 5 of 29 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Rhino Boat tour

Excellent time, this is well worth the money! You have a decent amount of freedom on the water. William and Raj, the guides, were perfectly short on cheer leading and long on humor. Great way to see the island coast. I recommend going in the...More

Thank Rick C
Reviewed 1 week ago
Rhino riders is the best. Not to be missed.

Our excursion with Rhino riders was fantastic. The entire staff was helpful and friendly. We spent about an hour motoring through the half sunk yacht's left over from the hurricane. We then got to snorkel for about another hour at Creole rock before heading back....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Todd W
Reviewed September 29, 2018
Great experience.

Booked independently. Our cruise line also had this excursion for twice the price and they didn't get the personalized attention we did. We had 1 guide for 2 boats, with well over 2 hours driving. I drove out to snorkel destination and my wife drove...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank paulf292016
Reviewed September 26, 2018
Very fun, Helpful staff, Easy to locate, awesome experience

I had friends visiting SXM and they suggested we do a rhino ride out to Creole rock. Even though I had been living here for a year, I had not even heard of this but I was so happy I got to partake in it....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 656yasminei
Reviewed September 20, 2018
Fun for the whole family!!

Booked this excursion independently. We heard that cruise lines also had this excursion for twice the price and they didn't get the personalized attention we did. The staff is amazing. The snorkelling was lovely. Worth every penny!! We went with our 18 and 21 year...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Dr Kathy V
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