Starting next to the cruise ship port in Philipsburg, your knowledgeable birding guide will take you to several saltwater and freshwater ponds for bird watching and will point out special birds on the way. With your complimentary notepad and pen, you can document all of your sightings. There will be a spotting scope available for long distance viewing.
During this tour there's a stop for iced tea or coffee, and a piece of homemade banana bread.
Often guests will see at least 25 species including 4-8 endemic ones. From Spring through to Fall also migratory birds can be spotted.
This tour takes 3.5 hours and starts at 8.30 am on Saturday, or 2.30 pm on Sunday. Currently no Birding Tours during the week. Free pick up from hotels in Oyster Pond and Philipsburg. Great for cruise visitors as well, if you have any concerns regarding timing, read below.
FAQ from cruise ship guests concerning timing:
My ship arrives later than 8 am, can I do a tour with you?Yes, when making a reservation please let us know what time your ship is scheduled to dock. If it’s later than 8 am we will adjust the starting time of our tour so we’ll be able to accommodate you.
Will I make it in time to your meeting point?If your ship is docking half an hour prior to our starting time, then you will make it to our meeting point at Dock Maarten. Usually ships arrive at 8 am, so you’ll be in time for our 8.30 am start. Sometimes ships don’t announce very clearly that you can get off the ship, just proceed to the deck where you can disembark and you’ll see you’ll be let go.
Then also: don’t worry if the ship is not letting you off immediately. We know the ship’s in port, we know you’re on it, you’ve paid for your tour, so we wait till you get to our meeting point. We’ll start the tour when you get there, you’ll still get the full tour even if you’re half an hour late.
Will the tour be back in time for my cruise ship?We have
returned 100% of our cruise ship guests back to the ship on time. We're in business since 2014.