Philipsburg Water activities

Our most recommended Philipsburg Water activities

St. Martin: 3-Hour Rhino Safari Excursion

1. St. Martin: 3-Hour Rhino Safari Excursion

A 4-time winner of the prestigious Tour of the Year award, Rhino Safari Excursions is a St. Martin original. Experience on-the-water excitement piloting your very own Rhino Rider on this 3-hour tour. These zippy 10-foot inflatable motorboats are yours to commannd for a thrill-of-a-lifetime ride on a vessel that’s safe, sturdy, reliable, and tons of fun! Unlike some other tours, you won’t be driving around in circles. Following your friendly guide, you'll cruise safely alongside mega-yacht marinas and boat anchorages before exiting Simpson Bay Lagoon to the French-side capital of Marigot. On the way to a snorkeling site, you'll admire the spectacular tropical coastline of St. Martin. Pass by the beautiful beaches of Galisbay, Friars Bay, Happy Bay, and Grand Case. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the best snorkeling site on the island, located within a protected marine reserve. Immerse yourself in the underwater world and meet its amazing inhabitants. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a complimentary drink in the dazzling Caribbean sunshine.

Simpson Bay: Lambada Sunset Cruise of Sint Maarten

2. Simpson Bay: Lambada Sunset Cruise of Sint Maarten

Enjoy a perfect ending to a beautiful day in paradise on an evening cruise around the coastline of Sint Maarten. This coastal cruise on board the Lambada catamaran is truly spectacular and a tour that you will remember forever. Enjoy sightseeing as the Lambada sails from Pelican Marina on Simpson Bay up the coast to Long Bay, straight into the setting sun. Great music and an array of tasty snacks and drinks are provided for your enjoyment aboard the boat. Enjoy the spacious decks of the boat and relax on the nets set up on the front of the bow while the experienced crew provide excellent service and cater to your needs.

St. Maarten: Full-Day Catamaran Sail to Prickly Pear Cays

3. St. Maarten: Full-Day Catamaran Sail to Prickly Pear Cays

Enhance your St. Maarten holiday with a full-day sail to the gorgeous and unspoiled islands of sun and sand – Prickly Pear. The Lambada has a 17-year history of boat fun, family gatherings, and an outstanding crew. This is always a top-ranked excursion. Departing from Simpson Bay Resort, the Lambada sails down the coast of St. Maarten and across the Anguillan channel with a heading bound for Prickly Pear Cays. The 16-mile trip from St Maarten is about an hour and 45 minutes. After snorkeling the reefs at Prickly Pear, enjoy a tasty meal at Johnno's Prickly Pear. Choose the BBQ chicken, fish, or ribs, and then enjoy some free time beach combing, swimming, or relaxing in the sun. On the way back to St Maarten, anchor off Mead's Bay for a refreshing dip before pulling up the sails for the trip back to Simpson Bay. During the nice leisurely sail back you’ll be treated to foot-tapping Caribbean rhythms and a tasty rum punch.

St. Maarten: Orient and Maho Beaches Half-Day Tour

4. St. Maarten: Orient and Maho Beaches Half-Day Tour

Following pick-up from the cruise port at Philipsburg, transfer to Orient Beach to discover the longest beach in St. Maarten. Orient Beach boasts a wide range of beach bars and restaurants, all within easy reach of the sand. Take advantage of water sports facilities (own expense) such as jet skis, sailboats, paragliding and kids activities. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pristine, clear blue waters. You will have 2 hours at Orient Beach before the transfer to Maho Beach. Arrive at Maho Beach at approximately midday, just in time to see the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 come into land at nearby Princess Juliana International Airport. The huge planes will fly just a few meters over the beach for a thrilling spectacle. With 2 hours at Maho Beach, you will automatically become a guest of the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill. Here you can enjoy a cocktail or tasty lunch (own expense). Listen to the live feed of the control tower communicating with the approaching aircraft. Sit back and relax and feel the cool breeze of the Caribbean Sea. Stroll along the pure white sand and get lost in the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks.  Then transfer back to your hotel or the cruise port, having achieved the official status of a St. Maarten beach bum!

St. Martin: Private Speed Boat Day Charter

5. St. Martin: Private Speed Boat Day Charter

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you enjoy the sensations of a speed boat ride and select your own itinerary for the day. This private day charter is fully personalized to any of your needs, from the pick-up and drop off time, to the places that you visit and the activities that you participate in. That could be a family day full of activities such as snorkeling, cliff jumping and watching large planes few feet above you in Maho Bay, or a romantic cruise out from the crowd or even a beach party with your friends on an uninhabited island! No matter what activities you choose, you will enjoy an open bar and snorkeling gear. You can let your guide recommend some great restaurants for lunch time, or you can bring your own picnic lunch.

St. Maarten: Half-Day Moon Dance Sailing Charter

6. St. Maarten: Half-Day Moon Dance Sailing Charter

Head off shore and explore St. Maarten on a half-day sailing charter. The Moon Dance leaves from Simpson Bay on a voyage of exploration of the St. Maarten coastline, its beaches, and some of the neighboring islands. You can choose to relax on deck and enjoy the beauty of the coastline, or help out and become a part of the crew. You can try your luck fishing with the poles available on board, or use the kayak to access the shore. Whatever you choose to do during the sail the views are guaranteed to be spectacular! Although lunch is not included in the price of the charter you’re welcome to bring along a lunch to enjoy on deck or to opt for a meal at the Lolo Shacks. Make the most of your stay and set sail on a Moon Dance charter!

St Maarten: Round the Island Cruise on the Santino

7. St Maarten: Round the Island Cruise on the Santino

Experience a round-the-island cruise on the Santino and enjoy snorkeling at Creole Rock and swimming in the sea at Tintemarre. Hike across the island which was once inhabited by workers and the farming industry and even had its own currency. The remains of two airplane wrecks can still be found across the flat plains, as well as the original farmhouse, farming implements, and old stone walls. But it is the breathtaking white sandy beaches and marine life that will draw you to spending most of your time in the water, discovering the rich and protected underwater world. Beach, snorkel, swim, or simply grab a noodle and chill next to the floating cooler. Snorkel gear, beers, sodas, and rum punch are included. Bring your own special refreshments and a picnic lunch. Make a final stop at the palm-fringed Pinel before the ride home. Pinel has a beach with chairs and umbrellas. The water is calm and shallow, making it perfect for kids and lazy noodle lovers.

St.Maarten: Beach and Shopping Tour by Bus

8. St.Maarten: Beach and Shopping Tour by Bus

Come to the island of St. Maarten and visit the reefs and iguana farm. Explore beautiful beaches, including Orient Beach, Kim Sha Beach, and Maho Beach. Go on a duty-free shopping spree in Philipsburg and explore the museums, cigar lounges, and casinos. See Simpson Bay from Bell's Lookout. Start your island experience as your driver collects you from your cruise ship or hotel in the morning. Snap photos at the reef before admiring the reptiles at the iguana farm. Continue to Orient Beach on the French side of the island and then to Kim Sha Beach, famous for hosting parties. Pass by Board Point and visit Mullet Bay, known for palm trees and snorkeling. Finish your tour at the top of Bell's Lookout Point, where you can gaze at Simpson Bay. Relax as your driver takes you back to your accommodation or cruise ship.

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What people are saying about Philipsburg

Fabulous day out on the catamaran, we visited 2 beautiful beaches and had plenty of time to swim and snorkel. Lunch was very good and drinks were flowing all day. The crew: Preston, Albert, Benjamin and Atiba made this adventure memorable. Highly recommended.

The sunset tour was beautiful and the vibes were exactly what you’d hope for. The crew was great and made sure our drinks were never empty. We would absolutely recommend this to anyone visiting Sint Maarten!

Sam, our captain, was awesome. He knew the best places to snorkel, swim and eat. We were able to swim with sea turtles! He even took photos for us. He also took us to watch the planes take off. Very cool.

The crew was the absolute best they were very attentive and made for an awesome trip I highly recommend this trip

Great time loved the islands water was amazing food good