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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

  • 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
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

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.
Reviews (63)
1 - 5 of 15 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the pleasure of going with Captain Radek and First Mate Laney. They were both amazing guides. We all had a great time. I was a little worried about not booking this with the cruise line, but they put us at ease and got...More

1  Thank Stephanie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Awesome time!

We had a fantastic day on the water and covered about 75% of the island. The tour guides were super fun, friendly and knowledgeable about the region. Lunch was amazing, I recommend the crab sandwiches as your choice. The stops to snorkel were exciting and...More

Thank 10lori65
Reviewed 2 August 2018
The very best part of our Royal Carribean Oasis of the Seas cruise

What an outstanding day it was! We had the best time ever. It was worth every penny. A full day on the water, viewing some of the most beautiful areas, and some of the hurricane hit areas as well, of St. Maarten. Fantastic boat and...More

4  Thank Nock L
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile
Island hopping

Thank you AJ and Captain Anthony for an amazing and exciting experience. They were both so accommodating and made us felt safe. Captain Anthony was great he was willing to get in the water for my sister and teacher her how to swim so she...More

1  Thank Irish B
Reviewed 4 July 2018
Thrilling boating experience, super friendly captain and first mate, so much fun packed into 6 hours!

A 900hp $450,000 speedboat will always excite me. It was expertly piloted by Captain Reddick and First Mate Laney, who were super nice, friendly, professional and accommodating. The tour was perfectly timed with activities and stops between beaches and snorkeling spots. Even while sitting in...More

2  Thank Evan L
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27 July 2018|
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Response from gtrgrl288 | Reviewed this property |
We had our own but they had plenty on the board in all sizes.
Ada W
20 June 2018|
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Response from gtrgrl288 | Reviewed this property |
If they can swim you should be ok. The first stop we made was an open water snorkel so that’s a little tough for little ones. The beach location is great though with shallow water and lots of white sand. You do have to swim... More