Grand Island Speedboat and Snorkel
Just Do It!
December 27, 2023
My husband and I had so much fun on this shore excursion that we didn’t want it to end. The fun included snorkeling, swimming with the sea turtles, stopping at a sandbar to explore an island to then docking at a locals restaurant/bar for an authentic Caribbean lunch which was included and absolutely delicious! The adventure continued on our way back where we watched the low flying jets land at the airport. The 2 man crew went out of their way to make the excursion exciting and memorable! We would do it again!
Reviewer: Lisa Fuller Bradbary
Everything you could want in an excursion!
December 12, 2023
If you only have a short time on the island, this is the excursion to do! We were able to get a taste of so many things St. Maarten offers, but never felt rushed. Both snorkeling stops were good and we swam near about 5 sea turtles. Lunch was great. Damien our guide and our captain (Miguel I think) went out of their way to take great care of us all day, first class service. The waves out in the open water made the ride rough at times. Overall 5 stars. I am super glad I booked this one. Great time.
Reviewer: Buddy FISHER
Great Water Tour!
August 16, 2023
We did the tour last week as part of a Cruise stop. The guides gave us a great overview of the Dutch Side (where the Cruise Ships are) as well as the French side. 2 Snorkel stops, a couple of beach stops, and an amazing lunch. 2 of us had the chicken, one of us had the ribs, one had the fish - we all were very impressed with the meals. Oh, and with tour boat names with "Rhum" in the title, you have an idea that the drinks (Beer, Rum Punch, Soda) will be pretty free flowing. You will head back to the ship tired...after a fun day.
Reviewer: Bill Thomas
July 26, 2023
Absolutely brilliant! The 2 guys who were our guides absolutely nailed the day, did all that was expected and more. Great meal on one of the beach restaurants, swam with turtles in the open sea, watched a plane land low level over our heads whilst on the speedboat I could go on but words are hard to find. Initially I was a little sceptical as the price is not cheap but it was money well spent. A MUST DO IF YOU COME HERE!
Reviewer: Simon Emma Pearce
Speedboat and snorkel
July 11, 2023
Best excursion! Ages 12-74 and we all loved the day. Frankie and DJ B were so much fun. I highly recommend this trip!
Reviewer: Beth Dale
Captain Sammy & Captain Frankie were FABULOUS!
June 24, 2023
Highly recommend this tour. Definitely the most fun we have had in a long time. Our Captains made sure we had plenty of fun, drinks were bottomless, music was fantastic, and their knowledge of the island was superb. The snorkeling was awesome, lunch was great ( we had the Mahi Mahi), and the boat ride was thrilling. Thank you to Sammy and Frankie for a wonderful time. We will definitely do this excursion again!! Make sure to bring cash.
Reviewer: Jennifer Breeding
Speedboat with Capt. Sammy was awesome!
May 17, 2022
We had 13 people on our speedboat along with Captain Sammy and some rum punch. What a blast. We snorkled, we saw turtles, we walked on pristine beaches, ate a fabulous lunch, had awesome tunes and by the end of the trip 13 new best friends. Great job Capt. Sammy - highly recommend!!
Reviewer: Lisa Karr
Speedboat & Snorkel Review - St. Maarten
March 09, 2020
Captain supplied us with a full day of activity in spite of one couple being late over a half hour. The speedboat was capable of getting us to and from our various destinations quickly which allowed us maximum time to enjoy. This was an excellent excursion and would recommend it to others.
Reviewer: Diana Rueda
February 05, 2020
Fantastic tour on lovely speed boat, great guys Sammy and Charlie, Captain and his assistant. Lots of info on St. Maarten, both parts, great snorkling spots, excelent lunch and swimming at the beach of the most beautiful Pinel island. I had great time and I highly reccommend this tour
Reviewer: Ivana Kostic
January 25, 2020
I brought my 2 teenagers and we enjoyed this excursion very much. The first mate was wonderful and made sure we had everything we need. Unfortunately we didn't see much while snorkeling but still really enjoyed it. Restaurant was good.
Reviewer: Catherine Alto
Fun and Exciting experience
January 15, 2020
It started off with a calm and quiet ride through the French side of the island. Followed by some snorkeling which was pretty good. Dropped anchor once for lunch (provided) and then for a drink at a cool beach. They ride back was an adventure! Very choppy seas made for a fast and bumpy ride back to the Dutch side. The adrenaline pumping adventure is one the family will be talking about for years. Fortunately, there were plenty adult beverages to go around...
Reviewer: Dave Krause
the best excursion
January 03, 2020
We had so much fun in one day. We love the pristine beach with pristine water. The snorkeling site has many to explore. We stopped at a place for lunch and the food is excellent .
Reviewer: Khanh Nguyen
Speed boat and snorkel
November 14, 2019
This experience was absolutely amazing, the crew was great and they were very helpful and couldn’t do enough for us, would recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Ian drysdale
Best excursion ever (accoriding to my daughter)
November 10, 2019
We saw a lot, and did a lot of stops to snorkel.
Reviewer: George Foltak
Great Day and Excursion
October 22, 2019
We booked this tour and I cannot recommend enough. We had very good instructions about how to get to the marina. We had a short 15 minute walk to the marina. There were 18 people on an incredibly well maintained 40' Cigarette Boat. We had Captain Miguel and Crew Mate Chris. Captain Miguel knew how to control the boat so well and Chris was so warm and welcoming to everyone on the boat. We made 2 snorkel stops and 2 beach stops. We did not have any luck seeing sea turtles or sting rays, but that is out of their control. I would take this tour again and would recommend to anyone!
Reviewer: Leslie Stawarz
September 01, 2019
This was a fabulous trip - the kids favourite day on the whole cruise !! Just a short walk from the ship we found our boat which was a spotless big engined speedboat with plenty of room for all the guests. Sean & Lany (the hosts - captain & 1st mate?) were brilliant looking after everyone and being very informative as we sped between snorkel sites and seeing the sights of St Maarten. With complimentary drinks on board and a nice sandwich I found this to be excellent value for money. Highly reccomend this excursion
Reviewer: Gary Morgan
Speed boat island and snorkel
July 04, 2019
Worth every penny! Family loved it the boat ride alone was assume. Snorkeling several spots boat captain was great. Overall A+ Will do it again
Reviewer: Pat g
Favorite excursion on our cruise!
June 25, 2019
This was our favorite excursion on our trip! We love the fact it was a fast boat that got you from location to location quickly, to maximize your day.
Reviewer: Rebecca Keyser Parsons
Great fun, speed and snprkeling
June 05, 2019
Captain Sean and his crew mate, Laney, were fantastic. They did everything possible to be good guides and informative experts on the St. Martin area. It was especially interesting to tour the harbor in their boat and see the many wrecks from the latest hurricane. We were taken to 2 great snorkeling spots and they were very helpful getting the older and less limber folks in and out of the water. On the way back to the cruise ship he found an area of smooth ocean and opened it up. With 3 300 hp Mercurys, it was truly exhilarating. I would not only recommend this to anyone but would do it again myself next time we're in St. Martin. Thanks Capt. Sean and Laney.
Reviewer: Jim Cornwell
Had an amazing time! Highly recommended!
June 03, 2019
The speedboat was a very expensive, fancy speedboat. They offered complimentary water, pop, select alcoholic drinks (pretty good selection), and even sandwiches for lunch which definitely saved us money! We made several stops around the island at amazing spots (beautiful secluded beaches that you could only get to via boat, and right under an airplane as it landed, just to name a few), the views going around the island were amazing, and the 2 people on the boat leading the tour were extremely friendly. Overall, highly recommend this tour, my wife and I absolutely loved it.
Nice Speed Boat & Pleasant
May 20, 2019
Excursion was great! however swimming with turtles we only saw one and the snorkeling there not much to see.
Reviewer: Sandra Gomez
Great experience and amazing day!
May 08, 2019
I looked at this excursion many times before booking because there weren’t any reviews on this site until a glowing review showed up in late January. Sean and “G” were great tour guides; knowledgeable, helpful, courteous, and fun. The walk to the marina was quick and easy. The boat was beautiful and fast (Sean made sure everyone was feeling ok before opening up the throttle). At 6 hours this was the longest excursion we’ve ever taken and it was packed with island sights, beautiful water, snorkeling, big yachts, iguanas, plane flyovers and more. For lunch we had sandwiches with fresh French baguettes and Dutch cheese from a local bakery. Great experience and great day that we won’t forget.
Excursion to remember
May 01, 2019
A very well run excursion and an excellent way to see a lot of St. Maarten in a timely and exciting way. You can snorkel or swim at four or more stops. No doubt this excursion will provide you with many great memories. The boat is fast, smooth riding , and importantly has a canopy for sun protection. The boat ride can get a bit rough on the Atlantic ocean side of the Island however it can also be fun. The crew were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Food and many drinks are provided as part of the excursion. Please be careful about being sun burned especially on your back due to swimming and snorkeling activities.
Reviewer: Steven Sheppard
Wonderful Way to see the island!
April 15, 2019
On a 50 day cruise, this was our fav excursion. We spent the day in a nice speedboat. We toured the marina, passed by resorts and snorkeled or swam at 4 different locations. I would do this one again. Exceptional crew too!
Wonderful way to see 75% of the Island!
April 05, 2019
To start off, St. Maarten is a beautiful island and has a lot to offer. The other excursions available simply did not allow you to make the most out of your limited time on the island. Our captain, Sean, was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. He knew everything and anything about the rich history of the island, buildings and mansions and even the yachts in the harbor. The boat was immaculately clean and very comfortable. The included lunch and beer/water was a very nice touch. We couldn't have asked for a better shore excursion and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see the majority of the island, get some nice snorkeling in and soak up the sun!
Reviewer: Eddy Kaleel
January 24, 2019
We have 4 boys, ages 5-13, and this was fantastic. The excursion vs. ones offered by RC - we had ~13 in our group. The boat was new/well maintained and the snorkeling gear was also in great shape. It is a good walk from the cruise piers so we cabbed it - easy to do. They served sodas, water and beer on the boat, which was a nice addition. The crew was great. The captain was skilled and maneuvered us through fairly rough waters to Pinel Island, which we expected to miss due to the high winds, but he made it happen and remarkably comfortably. The crew was also very helpful with our youngest. Our son struggled snorkeling at one of the stops and they carefully got him in the boat and made him feel comfortable while the rest of the family enjoyed our time. The crew also had much to share about the island, its history, and the rich & famous that play there. We thoroughly enjoyed the excursion. It was our family's favorite from the trip. Thank you very much!
Reviewer: Winston Black