Grand Island Speedboat and Snorkel
Grand Island Speedboat and Snorkel
Start your 6-hour scenic adventure directly from Dock Maarten Chesterfield Wharf, as you climb aboard your speedboat and make your way to Simpson Bay Bridge on the Dutch side of the island. There, you will see yachts and villas on display in the Caribbean's largest lagoon. Along the way you will enjoy unlimited beverages as you relax and take in the picturesque scenery.
Your first stop will be Marigot, capital of the French Saint-Martin, where cafes line the Marina Royale. 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, turquoise waters of the marine reserve.
Re-board your boat and head towards Pinel Island where you can sit in the shallow water with a refreshing beverage. There, enjoy a hot lunch served at a restaurant on the beautiful sun-drenched Yellow Beach. If you'd like, hike around the tiny island to explore sandy shores and isolated rock pools where 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. There, you'll have the opportunity to feed the fish in the crystal-clear 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. This is the highlight of any trip to this island and the place to capture memories worthy of any social media page.
As your excursion comes to an end, you will take a short cruise back around Simpson Bay to admire some of the mega yachts before arriving back at Dock Maarten where you will enjoy a special conclusion of free ice cream upon arrival.
Reviewer: Ivana Kostic
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: Catherine Alto
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: Dave Krause
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: Khanh Nguyen
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: Ian drysdale
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.