Island Birds and Butterflies
Come explore every side of this small island rich in beauty, culture and a storied past.
Depart the cruise terminal in your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and be provided with an interesting narrative of the island during the short drive to the bird park via winding roads and rolling country hills.
This new attraction in St. Maarten features exotic, colorful birds in their natural habitat. Take a guided tour with the staff who will disseminate a wealth of information on the species of birds at the park where you can freely walk around among all the birds learning about their behavior. Discover different species such as Sun Conure, Ring Neck Parakeet, Brown Throated Conure, Black Headed Caique and many more. In addition, enjoy the many different plants, herbs, and vegetation in the botanical garden where the parrots live. The botanical gardens contain certain medicinal plants unique to the Caribbean which form a healthy nutrition for the birds. What makes this St. Maarten tour even more special is that you can buy food and get the chance to feed the birds yourself, a truly up-close encounter. Total time spent here is approximately 30-45 minutes.
Then cross the French/Dutch border and make your way to the butterfly garden where amazing encounters with many beautiful butterflies await in this relaxing, beautifully arranged setting.
Enjoy an informative and educational guided tour of this famous attraction. Witness the pupa and the butterflies emerging in front of your eyes from the chrysalis stage, into large tropical butterflies with vivid colors and hues. So many photo opportunities abound at the farm with the fluttering of these beautiful winged creatures all around you. Total time spent here is approximately 30-45 minutes.
Re-board your transportation for the return ride to the cruise pier, but before you get there you will make a stop for some refreshing ice cream. Once back in town guests can decide to stay in town for shopping, dining or beach time and return on their own when ready.
Reviewer: Mary Hallman
We enjoyed this excursion which included a tour of birds on the Netherlands side of St. Maartens and butterflies on the French side. You will get a tour of the island as you travel by van from the Birds to the Butterflies. The stop off for ice cream and shopping at the end was a plus and we were dropped off near the beach and the Cruise ship.