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Boat Ride to Maho Beach for snorkeling and Plane watching

The operators moor about for 2 hours 100 yards off the beach. You can then do snorkeling in the... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2019
Larry B
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London, Canada
Great way to spend a day.

We booked the trip on Arcadia and have to say we really enjoyed it. Captain and crew were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
261stevef
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Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Saw many varieties of fish, busy boat, good size planes taking off and landing, booked thru P&O on Britannia excursion. Not able to go on beach but to be honest wouldnt bother, much nicer in the sea.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank chrisaliz3
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Reviewed October 27, 2016

I have nothing negative to say about the staff on this tour. This tour/excursion was sold by Carnival (Splendor). With the early arrival in port and the early departure of the tour (9am), the arrival at SXM was way too early. There were no large aircraft landing over Maho beach during the morning hours. I blame Carnival. They knew it was an early port arrival and sold the excursions anyway!! If you are cruising and want to watch aircraft land across the beach, DO NOT take this tour unless you are leaving out at 1100am or later.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Rob326
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Reviewed October 8, 2016

This excursion was organised by Carnival, and what a great day we had. so easy to find from our ship and spent the day watching aircraft land and take off, the staff were fantastic even the safety briefing was very funny.
would highly recommend this tour if you get a chance.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank David C
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Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

We've done several snorkeling excursions to the airport by catamarans. This was by far the best. This is a double deck floating party boat. ., with a deck off the side. They put us right in the bay in front of the landing and takeoff strip. Juan announced incoming flights so we could get our cameras ready. The crew was interactive with all the passengers. The bar has beer, soft drinks and great fish sandwiches made to order plus snacks. Be sure to order the Guavaberry drink. . Whitney, one of the owners, was onboard. What a great day. .

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Sports49
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Reviewed September 8, 2016

We were sailing with a Carnival ship (the Valor, mid-late August 2016), and actually won this excursion in a raffle.
It was already a total shock to have won something, but then my mother and I got to meet this friendly, engaged, and interesting crew!
The little boat (as compared to the Valor) was meant to carry more than a hundred people, but there were only about fifty of us on board. So there was plenty of space both above and below. Most of the visitors were in their 20's, 30's, and 40's but there were some kids (including an adorable toddler that got her first experience with the ocean) and some older folks too: everyone seemed comfortable and happy.
Then we cast anchor in about 20 feet of gorgeous clear water, warm as a summer bath, and got to snorkel around and take photos of the airplanes as they came in. Sure, we could have gotten closer, but I'd rather not get sandblasted!
And yes, what made this trip extra special was that it was within a week of my birthday, but! It would have gotten five stars anyway.
The crew really made the difference.
They were helpful and made an concentrated effort to make sure everyone had a safe and fantastic time! Too many times you go on one of these cruise excursions, and you can tell it is just a job, something to get done, for the guides/drivers/crews, but the SXM people actually care and want to make your experience special. I can not recommend them enough.
Definitely wear walking shoes though! You have to walk a short way to get to the boat, over blazing hot pavement. They offered to take us to the city docks when returning, so if you intend to shop after, double the need for walking shoes. There aren't any lockers, just spaces under the seats to stow your things, and towels are not provided. I didn't see any changing rooms either, so make sure you wear your swimming things, if you intend to get in the water!

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Krisa V
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