Snorkel and Beach Adventure
It's true that on and near St. Maarten, some of the lesser-known locations make the best spots for snorkeling, swimming and so much more. And the best part is: we'll take you there. If you are looking for the structured, set in stone snorkel tour offered in large groups, this is NOT the St. Maarten tour for you.
After being picked up at the cruise pier, take a scenic drive to Oyster Pond where your 30-38 foot offshore powerboat (with powerful twin 225/250hp engines) waits to rescue you from the crowds and whisk you away to the lesser-visited locations of St. Maarten for the best snorkeling, great uncrowded beaches, fun, drinks, music and an awesome crew! The boat will anchor in shallow water, allowing you to step off easily from the transom at the rear of the boat.
With a group of no more than 14 guests on your St. Maarten excursion, you will head for the beautiful north side of the island, where two stops will be made at different locations for great snorkeling. The actual stops will depend on sea conditions that day (and the captain has the final word) but are usually at Creole Rock, Happy Bay, Pinel Island (a former penal colony) or Tintamarre, a deserted island often frequented by turtles and rays.
No two trips are ever the same as they are based on weather / sea conditions that day and the group on board, however a general description would be 4 hours on the boat total with a 60 minute run from Oyster Bay to the north shore where a 45 minute snorkel from the boat takes place. A 30 minute run to one of the off shore islands where you will have approximately 60 minutes free time on the island followed by a 50 minute run back to Oyster Bay. Once again, final itinerary and times at stops will be decided the day of the tour based on the conditions that day.
In between snorkeling, you will enjoy the scenic ride, great music, water, soda and the hospitality of your crew. Your tour returns to Oyster Pond Marina, where your driver will be waiting to return you to the cruise terminal.
This is a shore excursion with a personal touch, and it promises to be a lot of fun for everybody. We teach you about nature, how to snorkel, and we are around you in the water, so we make sure you see the best sights and guarantee the snorkeling experience will be a safe one. This excursion includes quality snorkeling equipment, safety gear, belts and life jackets, all of which makes this trip a wonderful and safe experience for the young and "older."
Reviewer: Jill Porada
Captain Allen and his son were awesome. I preferred this small group excursion over the large ones offered by the cruise line. It allowed us to have more time snorkeling and enjoying the activities. We went to 2 different snorkeling spots and then to a small beach/island for a snack/beverages. Would definitely recommend to others.
Reviewer: James Welsh
A beautiful day for a cruise to snorkel. Our captain and his crew were over the top accommodating and eager to give us the best time imaginable.
The trip my family took with “Awesome Too” was simply fantastic! Nothing like the snorkel trip that we’ve signed up with a cruise line... large group, boring snorkel spot with nothing much to see... The crew and captain of the boat we were (“Awesome Too”) very friendly and very professional. Apple-Ham sandwich the captain has made were great too :) I’ve been explained by the captain that many corals have died (and thus you see less colorful things) due to multiple hurricanes that went thru the island previous year. Less color maybe, but my family had really great time snorkeling different places the captain took the group. Kids saw turtles, rays, many fish, clams, urchins, etc. My kids had a great time and all told me they were so glad this was our last excursion during this cruise! Definitely highlight of our trip, and want to go back again!
Great tour - travelled with 2 adults and a 12 year old son and 6 year old daughter. Boats were clean and powerful as promised. Skipper was skilled, knowledgeable and gave us confidence. On the day we toured, the waves were a bit rough, but that just made the boat ride more exciting - our kids loved it. The snorkel sites were beautiful as were the white sand beaches. Definitely would book again!
Reviewer: Bill Harris
We booked two ports through the cruise company and one through Shore Excursions. Hands down this was the better deal! So it was 2 adults and 5 kids ages 9 to 14 and we were on a 35 foot powerboat with 7 other people. So a small group in St Martin for some snorkeling. Water was not as clear as I would have liked but that is just the risk you run with the weather. Folks running the boat were great and we had an awesome time!1