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$69.99 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay

Arrive at the local tour operator’s office at Simpson Bay 30 minutes before your selected departure time to check in and listen to a safety briefing. Then grab your provided snorkeling gear and life jacket, and head to your personal watercraft — a 10-foot (3-meter), 3-person inflatable boat called a Rhino. If you’re driving, hop in the front seat and grab the wheel; if you’re the passenger, sit behind the driver and hold on to the side handles. Warm up the engine and familiarize yourself with the throttle, which controls your speed. Pose for a photo that you can purchase later, if you wish, and then begin your trip through Simpson Bay Lagoon, following your guide toward the open sea. Admire rows of sleek yachts docked in the marina, and cross under the bridge that takes you from the Dutch side of the island, St Maarten, to the French side, St-Martin. When you reach the open sea, zoom toward Creole Rock, which lies off the island’s northwestern coast and is part of a protected marine park. Pass by Lovers Beach, Happy Bay and Grand Case on your way to Creole Rock. Follow your guide's lead to anchor your boat, then jump in the water. You have 30 to 45 minutes to snorkel around the rocky island, looking for marine life like sea turtles, rays and reef fish, or you can grab a noodle from your guide and just float. Drinks are also provided. After snorkeling and swimming, head back to your starting point, where your tour ends. You can look over your photo and purchase drinks or snacks, if you wish.

$119 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

St Maarten Private Sightseeing and Snorkeling Discovery Cruise

The Snorkeling and Discovery Tour of St Maarten takes you to the premier snorkeling and beach spots around the island. You will travel by fast, comfortable speed boat from our dock in Simpson Bay on the Dutch side to at least 2 snorkeling spots and 2 beach stops. Enjoy snacks and complimentary water, sodas, local beers and rum punch throughout the day. Lunch is included! Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on a deserted island, afterwards, explore the island where you can find ruins of past inhabitants.  Our crew members are all experienced, local guides and are always on hand to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the day. At each snorkeling stop, the crew will be in the water with you, always ready and willing to reach out that helping hand or to help you identify that fish or coral species. On the boat, the crew will point out the local modern and historical highlights as you travel around the island. The commentary is both fun and informative. St Maarten boasts many beautiful beaches, coral reefs, wrecks and interesting landmarks. Our snorkeling adventure tour itinerary varies according to prevailing weather and sea conditions but here are some of the sites you can visit. Creole RockCommon sightings include Sargent Majors, Trumpetfish, Surgeonfish, Squid, Baracuda, Eagle Rays and many types of coral and sponges. Tintamare IslandSwim with the turtles. Explore the island, snorkel or just relax on the beach.  Pinel IslandA popular attraction on the island is the large number of well fed Iguanas that make their home in the rocks and vegetation. With a piece of fruit or lettuce in hand, you’ll get up close and personal with these pre-historic looking beasts. After a little island exploration, relax in the shallow, warm water with a beer or rum punch in hand by the boat or on the beach. Little/Divi BayAdjacent to Great Bay, lies Little Bay. On the northern side of the bay, on the sea bed lie a number of small wrecks and a small underwater trail. You can see a helicopter, submarine, cannons and a couple of sunken yachts. Maho BeachThe famous beach located right next to the end of the runway of Princess Julianna Airport. Commercial aircraft fly right overhead so low you’ll feel you can reach out and touch them. Swim in the beautiful crystal clear water or lay back and watch the action overhead. We have all the gear you need to get snorkeling including additional flotation devices. Enjoy your snorkeling adventure at your own pace.  Note: While you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete for the tour, we do recommend that you have some basic degree of mobility/fitness.

$69 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

St Maarten 2-Hour Champagne Sunset Cruise with Snorkeling

After your complimentary pick up at your hotel you will take a scenic drive to Simpson Bay along the coast of St Maarten. Once at Simpson Bay you will take a scenic cruise through the Simpson Bay Yacht Club. The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol and Simpson Bay Marina are ideally situated near the Simpson Bay Bridge and have a magnificent and private ambiance. You can see here some of the most beautiful super yachts in the world. Next, you will exit the biggest lagoon of the Caribbean to the sea and show you the famous beaches of the island. Toast your experience with Champagne or other drinks from the open bar and enjoy the delicious snacks while the sun sets. Enjoy the amazing colors when the sun submerges in the Caribbean Sea and illuminates the sky in all shades of orange and red.Shortly after when it is dark you will come back to the lagoon and you find all the super yachts illuminated and the lights of the villas in the hills. After 2 romantic hours the tour ends at the deck in Simpson Bay.

$49.95 Tours & Sightseeing

St Maarten Double Decker Bus Sightseeing Tour with Orient Bay

As soon as you depart the harbor you’ll start to enjoy the charm and scenery of this dual personality island which has been flying the flags of both Holland and France since 1648. You will drive from Phillipsburg, the Dutch capital, past the Great Salt Pond and through the countryside. The sightseeing will continue across the north side of the island until the first stop at Orient Bay for pictures on the water or a drink at the beach. Then you will hop-on the open-top double decker bus with sand in your feet to continue the sightseeing through several quaint towns and fishing villages, including Grand Case known for its lovely beaches and exquisite restaurants. The next stop will be at Marigot, the French capital, where you’ll observe a truly European atmosphere as you browse the waterside open-air markets, quaint shops, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. After your brief sojourn in Marigot you’ll return to the Dutch side and stop at Maho Beach where if you're lucky a plane will just pass over your head to land in the most spectacular airport in the Caribbean. The tour continues across the south where you will have a spectacular view of the Mega Yachts in Simpson Bay lagoon. The tour ends back in Philipsburg, so you can stay for shopping, beaches and all that Philipsburg has to offer before you go back to ship, or hotel.

$40 Tours & Sightseeing

St Maarten Island Sightseeing Tour Including Orient Bay

The first stop of the day is at Oyster Pond! Spend 5 minutes here before heading over to one of St. Martin's most popular beaches - Orient Bay Beach. Here you will stop for 1.5 hours of beach time. From Orient, the tour will continue over to the French capitol city of Marigot for 40 minutes. Indulge in local fair, open air shopping, French pastries or higher end shopping in the West Indies Mall.After stopping in Marigot, head over to the most popular area on the Dutch side. Spend one hour at Maho Beach, where you can watch the planes land and take off. After making your way from Maho Beach, you'll go through the Simpson Bay area, where the nightlife is very lively with multiple delicious restaurants to choose from as well as great nightlife.Make one last picture stop on the Cole Bay Hill. See the island layout of the Simpson Bay Marina, airport area and the neighboring islands: Anguilla, Statia and Saba. Upon arrival in Philipsburg area, you may choose to remain in Philipsburg to shop or sight see at your leisure. If you decide to walk back to the ship, it takes between 12 and 15 minutes, or a taxi may take you for approximately $3. For those who would like to return to the ship immediately, simply remain in the vehicle. It is recommended to bring swimwear, suntan lotion, a towel and a fun attitude! Beer, water, soda and rum punch are included all day.

$69 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Tropical Gondola Cruise in St Maarten

Meet for your Gondola ride at a centralized meeting location in Simpson Bay. There are several choices for departure time, either during the day or at sunset! The gondola offers space to 4 passengers but the cruise is always a private cruise.Cruise around on your private gondola for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Along the way, pass by 3 marinas, beautiful mangroves along the lagoon shores, pass under 3 bridges and along the fountain at Port de Plaisance.Aboard the gondola you will be offered Prosecco (sparkling Italian wine) chocolates, mixed nuts, orange juice and water. Italian music will be played for you but you can also hook up your own phone and play your favorites.

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