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: Mike R
Had a great time on this snorkel cruise. Very rarely will I leave a review but this is one worth leaving. There were 11 of us on this excursion and that was the perfect number. The crew took the time to show us several things that an un-experienced snorkeler would miss like a nurse shark, sting rays and a turtle. Time spent on the beach was a nice break from snorkeling. We were served a light lunch with beverages that were available at any time during the trip. Don't book off the cruise ship, book here and save yourself some money and have a better experience. Not sure why people leave negative reviews because this is far better than an excursion booked on the cruise ship.
This outing was a big hit with our group of middle-aged parents and young teens. The motor boat went fast enough to provide some excitement, and the scenery was idyllic. We had several opportunities to snorkel, simple yet delicious sandwiches, and two short beach stops. Our guide was clearly very familiar with the area. He provided some simple instruction on board the boat for those who hadn't snorkeled previously.
Nice trip. Well organized. Fun crew.
Reviewer: Donna Macchi
This was a good trip. Small fast boat but on overcrowded. Both the captain (Female dark skinned can’t remember her name) and first mate (female from Italy) were excellent! Snorkeling was pretty good saw beautiful lobsters. Went to 3 locations. Simple lunch Would do it again and recommend!
Reviewer: Logan Carter
We had so much fun with Captain Alan and crew. Very professional and loved helping everyone learn more about snorkeling. Will go again!