Welcome to Long Bay

Long Bay is well named; its creamy beach sweeps for 1.5km, with strong breezes pushing the waves forcefully ashore. While the burly easterlies bring good surf (and an undertow makes it bad for swimming), they also leave Long Bay exposed to extreme weather. Once a big draw for backpackers, the hamlet has a slightly forlorn hurricane-battered air today, and much of the beach has been eroded away

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$119 Shore Excursions

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

Your 6-hour shore excursion in St Maarten departs from Dock Maarten Chesterfield Wharf at 10am. Meet your friendly captain and crew aboard the speedboat and hang on for a thrilling ride! You’ll enjoy unlimited access to beer, soda and water from the open bar on board.As your boat picks up speed, glide toward the Simpson Bay Bridge on the island’s Dutch side to view yachts and villas on display in the Caribbean’s largest lagoon. Make a brief stop to admire the cafés lining the Marina Royale in Marigot, capital of the French Saint-Martin. View the historic Ft Louis and French flag overlooking the town from the opposite side, where you’ll find private sailing boats anchored in the bay. It’s a short ride to Friars Bay, known for its full moon parties, and the more sheltered Happy Bay. Your captain will stop at Tintamarre Island for an unforgettable opportunity to swim with sea turtles in the marine reserve. Stretch out on the incredibly white beach after you snorkel in the tranquil waters.Re-board your boat for Pinel Island, where you can sit in the shallow water with a refreshing beverage. Enjoy a hot lunch served at a restaurant on the sun-drenched Yellow Beach. If you’d like, hike around the tiny island to explore sandy shores and isolated rock pools, whose crystal-clear waters are protected from pounding surf.After approximately one hour at Pinel Island, ride to Creole Rock, located in the middle of the Bay of Grand Case. This marine reserve is the island’s best-kept secret, where sea life abounds in the shallow water. After a snorkel stop for an undersea adventure, cruise around the island, passing the red rock cliffs of Bay Rouge and the mansions of Terre Basse. You’ll have the opportunity to feed the fish in the turquoise waters of Long Bay while keeping an eye out for any celebrities on the golden sands of the exclusive La Samanna Resort.Next, be sure to have your camera ready to photograph planes directly overhead as aircraft come in for a landing at nearby Princess Juliana Airport. It’s just a short ride back around Simpson Bay to admire 150-foot (45-meter) mega yachts before arriving back at Dock Maarten Chesterfields Wharf.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.

$119 Water Sports

St Maarten Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Start your 6-hour speedboat and snorkel tour from Dock Maarten Chesterfield Wharf, departing at 10am for Simpson Bay Bridge on the Dutch side of the island. Here, you’ll see yachts and villas on display in the Caribbean’s largest lagoon. Along the way, enjoy unlimited beer, soda and water from the open bar aboard your boat.Head to Marigot, capital of the French Saint-Martin, where cafés line the Marina Royale. Then, pass to the opposite side to see private sailing boats moored in the bay, and view the historic Ft Louis and French flag overlooking the town. It’s a short cruise to Friars Bay, known for its full moon parties, and the more secluded Happy Bay. Your captain will make a quick stop at the unbelievably white beach of Tintamarre Island for some unforgettable swimming with sea turtles in the calm waters of the marine reserve. Re-board your boat for Pinel Island, where you can sit in the shallow water with a refreshing beverage. Enjoy a hot lunch served at a restaurant on the sun-drenched Yellow Beach. If you’d like, hike around the tiny island to explore sandy shores and isolated rock pools, whose crystal-clear waters are protected from pounding surf. After approximately one hour at Pinel Island, ride to Creole Rock, located in the middle of the Bay of Grand Case. This marine reserve is the island’s best-kept secret, where sea life abounds in the shallow water. After a snorkel stop for an undersea adventure, cruise around the island, passing the red rock cliffs of Bay Rouge and the mansions of Terre Basse. You’ll have the opportunity to feed the fish in the turquoise waters of Long Bay while keeping an eye out for any celebrities on the golden sands of the exclusive La Samanna Resort.Next, be sure to have your camera ready to photograph planes directly overhead as aircraft come in for a landing at nearby Princess Juliana Airport. It’s just a short cruise back around Simpson Bay to admire 150-foot (45-meter) mega yachts before arriving back at Dock Maarten Chesterfields Wharf.

$100 Tours & Sightseeing

Providenciales Sunset Safari Tour

Beginning the day with picking you up from your hotel, we head to Long Bay where we take an off-road drive to The Hole, a massive limestone 40-foot hole, a must-do while in Turks and Caicos.Continue on to a very quiet but gorgeous beach, Sapodilla. In addition, a seafood platter at "da conch shack" in blue hills is included on this tour. There are photographic opportunities at blue mountain. Also, the admirable sunset on Sapodilla Beach is where you can discover the famous Pirate Markings. After your tour, you are returned promptly to your original destination. Stop at the Marina and Blue Haven for some sight-seeing and much more.

$98.99 Shore Excursions

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Gourmet Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise

When your cruise ship docks in St Maarten, head to the St Maarten Yacht Club Bar and Restaurant by taxi (a 15-minute ride from the cruise terminal) to meet your expert crew, who will show you to Passaat, a historical 100-foot (30-meter) sailing schooner built in 1911. Hop aboard, make yourself comfortable and set sail on your relaxing cruise along St Maarten’s gorgeous coastline!While you’re soaking up the sunshine and admiring the Caribbean views, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the small-group setting and snack on a homemade treat like banana bread or coconut cake with fresh tropical fruit. The open bar is available throughout your ride with a choice of wine, beer, rum punch, soda or juice. You’ll be lulled into a wonderful state of relaxation as you listen to the wind in the sails and the water lapping against the hull as you head to Long Bay in St Martin, one of the quietest and calmest snorkeling areas on the French side of the island. Jump into the crystal-clear water and snorkel around this beautiful bay with the provided snorkeling gear.Back on board, your gourmet Caribbean lunch is served at a shaded table on the foredeck. Choose between mahi-mahi and chicken filet, each accompanied by mango sauce, salad, rice, plantains and bread. (A vegetarian option is available upon request in advance.)After lunch, snooze on the aft deck as your crew returns you to shore, where you can make your own way back to the cruise terminal to re-board your ship. 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.