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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

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  • 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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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour
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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. 
What to Expect
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.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked this trip online with Capt. Mike, who was quick to respond to my emails. My friend and I walked from the cruise ship just a quick 10 minutes to Dock Marten to meet up with our group. There were 5 other adults signed...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Reviewed April 21, 2019 via mobile

Our guides went out of their way to make sure everyone had a great time, the equipment was all in top shape and the tour was very informative and fun. This trip was one of our absolute favorites from our vacation. Highly recommended!!!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Molly D
Reviewed April 5, 2019 via mobile

Speed boat is the way to go, experienced so much. Anthony was a great captain, provided lots of facts about the island, navigated the seas and got us to over 5 stops. Saw a green sea turtle which was top of the list and enjoyed...More

2  Thank billiewillis
Reviewed March 25, 2019

This tour did not disappoint. It was a full day with multiple stops around the island to swim and snorkel. The weather was perfect and the seas were relatively calm so we were able to drive around the entire island. There were 13 on the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Z9694YNkathyp
Reviewed February 23, 2019 via mobile

We had so much fun on this tour, saw some places around st. Maarten that we have never seen before and probably wouldn't have seen if we had booked an excursion through the ship. Great for port stops whilst on a cruise, Brett and Dylan...More

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I meant to say how LONG the stop at Pinel Island is?
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