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St. Martin: Catamaran Snorkel Cruise with Open Bar and Lunch

1. St. Martin: Catamaran Snorkel Cruise with Open Bar and Lunch

Hop on board a spacious 65-foot sail catamaran and head out along the beautiful coasts of St. Martin on a day cruise. Lounge on the boat's nets with a cold drink from our open bar and enjoy snacks and music. Snorkel, swim, and stop for a lunch in Grand Case. Take off from the marina and earn your first drink of the day by helping the crew hoist the sail. Starting along the typical route, head down the south coast of St. Maarten, passing Maho and Mullet Bay. Head up the west coast towards Creole Rock, off the coast of Grand Case, for snorkeling and swimming. Snorkel gear along with float belts are provided. Once you've used up some energy snorkeling, it's time for lunch. Lunch is served at the local chicken and rib shacks in Grand Case. After about an hour, continue up the north side of the island and into Tintamarre. More swimming can be done here and you can even relax on Tintamarre’s warm sandy beach. On the way home, hoist the sails again and travel along the rugged, wind burnt east coast of the island when the winds are safe. Toast to your trip with drinks, music, and dancing on the ride home.

Edge Ferry Day-Trip to St Barts

2. Edge Ferry Day-Trip to St Barts

St Barts is aptly called "The Jewel of the Caribbean". Just 45 minutes from Pelican Marina with the "Edge" ferries. Depart at 9 am from Simpson bay marina to arrive in Gustavia Harbour, the hub of activity. Sidewalk cafes offer crepes and croissants for breakfast, car rentals meet the boat, the taxi stand is a few feet away, and boutiques are open for business. This exceptional island has white sandy beaches, good snorkeling, great restaurants and a unique shell museum. A day guaranteed to entertain with sights and delights. The taxi tours offer island sightseeing and a stop at St Jean Beach for shopping, beaching and lunch, and then return to Gustavia with a short time to spare for shopping before the ferry departs. Check in for the boat is at 3:45pm, for departure at 4pm. Arrival at Pelican at approximately 4:45pm. St. Barts also has some great scuba diving. Little pinnacles, reefs and wrecks are abundant with marine life and local dive shops are available. Dive trips can be arranged with St. Barts Plongee or Plongee Caraibes

Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkel Cruise St. Martin

3. Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkel Cruise St. Martin

Sand Dollar is a great half day trip offering sightseeing, snorkeling and swimming. Captain Nevison Jr. is one of our most complimented staff members. The cruise takes guests through the lagoon, along our beautiful coastline and up to Creole Rock, off Grand Case. Creole Rock is a large rock formation with a reef extending out towards to the mainland, about a mile offshore. Waters are shallow and calm and provide excellent snorkeling. The boat picks up a mooring in a large sandy patch, in about 8' of water. A large cooler provides beers and sodas, and French baguette and Gouda cheese are served to hungry snorkelers. Guests should bring towels, hats and sun block, and have bathing suits on. Underwater cameras are sold in our boutique. Non swimmers are always welcome. The boat ride is enjoyable with great views of Anguilla from Creole Rock, and refreshments included on board. This trip is very popular in the afternoon at 2 pm for combo divers and snorkelers. Often a family member would like to accompany a diver and snorkel, Sand Dollar offers this opportunity. The site is a shallow one for divers, but the reef life is great with chances of seeing the rare frog fish, puffer fish, occasional barracuda and many different varieties of reef fish.

St. Martin Tango Dinner Cruise

4. St. Martin Tango Dinner Cruise

Ride along the waters of Simpson Bay on a 3-hour dinner cruise from St. Martin. At Pelican Marina, board Tango, a large, 63-foot catamaran, sister ship to Lambada. Then you will set sail on a Caribbean-style dinner cruise. Show up in informal dress and relax as Tango sets off. You will be served drinks and snacks and can enjoy a full open bar while sailing the coastline of the island. Just after sunset, the anchor is dropped and a buffet dinner is served on board the catamaran. Dine on a sumptuous choice of Creole chicken, succulent baby back ribs, salads, breads, rice and beans, and steamed veggies. Afterward, you will be treated to dessert. Then enjoy music and dancing until the evening comes to an end.

Full-Day Edge Ferry to Saba

5. Full-Day Edge Ferry to Saba

Named the Unspoiled Queen, Saba is an Eco-Paradise and quite the getaway for avid divers, hikers and nature enthusiasts. She is as beautiful on top as she is underneath. Edge ferries provide a regular schedule year round – Wed through to Sun each week. The journey is 75-90 minutes, and docks in Fort Bay, the only proper access to the sea on Saba. Taxis meet the passengers at the boat and tour up into the island. First stop is a village called The Bottom, on up to Windwardside, where the trails start for hiking and tours continue over through Hells Gate with a look down to the airport, precariously balanced out on a lava overflow. Taxi tours are the only way to get up and into the island as the walk up from Fort Bay to The Bottom is vertical and strenuous. The views are spectacular. The hiking in Saba's rain forest is not to be missed with the main trail, Mt. Scenery, being the most popular. Scuba Diving in Saba is world renowned. Many divers will ensure that a day trip to Saba is part of their dive vacation plan. All dive shops offer the highest standards of service and professionalism, and meet the divers as the ferry arrives. Saba is very unspoiled and a refreshing change from the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle that St. Maarten and St. Barts provide.

Discover Scuba Diving on St. Maarten

6. Discover Scuba Diving on St. Maarten

While vacationing in the sunny Caribbean, there is a quick and easy way to find out whether scuba is really something for you. It is called Discover Scuba Diving Instructors provide a briefing with a flip chart, then off to a coral reef for a shallow 30' dive. With the instructor's guidance, you can see the wonders of reef life and experience the tranquility of the underwater world. This course also makes for an excellent refresher for certified divers.

St. Maarten: Best of St. Maarten Private Sightseeing Tour

7. St. Maarten: Best of St. Maarten Private Sightseeing Tour

Explore untouched beaches, scenic vistas, and duty-free shopping. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and climb aboard a bus with a dynamic, entertaining guide and see the highlights of St Maarten on this daytime tour. Visit nearby mountain tops for stunning views of downtown Phillipsburg, Margot, and some of the neighboring islands. Experience the best of St. Maarten in one day, with a private guide for just you and your family or group. Enjoy the guide's full attention as you travel around St. Maarten and avoid overcrowded tours. See St. Maarten and enjoy sightseeing, learn the area's history, get your pictures taken with the gorgeous island views in the background, and do some fabulous duty-free shopping. Eat lunch at a delicious local restaurant, and then move on to swim/relax at Mullet Bay, one of the best beaches in St. Maarten, or decide on any beach of your choice! Do whatever your heart desires and take advantage of the freedom to stay as long as you like at any points of interest.

Philipsburg: Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach

8. Philipsburg: Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach

Feel your adrenalin soar as you focus your camera on jumbo jets just feet above your head, coming in to land at the Princess Juliana International Airport. Experience five hours at the beach with some extreme plane spotting! Start out with a drive from the St. Maarten cruise port along the Great Salt Pond. Take in aerial views of the island from Cole Bay Hill. See the nearby islands of Saba, St. Eustatius, and Anguilla as well. When you arrive at Maho Beach, the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill has the flight arrivals listed on a surfboard so you don’t miss a landing. A live feed of the communication between the airport control tower and the arriving aircraft is aired as well.

St. Martin: Private Speed Boat Day Charter

9. 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.

Sint Maarten: Plane Spotting & Beach Day at Maho Beach

10. Sint Maarten: Plane Spotting & Beach Day at Maho Beach

Feel the jet blast from aeroplanes just meters above your head with this trip to the iconic Maho Beach. The tour starts at 9:00 AM with pickup from the cruise ship port or your hotel, where you’ll be greeted by your welcoming guide. The first stop will be at Maho Beach, famous for its position right next to the airport runway. This is a rare opportunity to see aircraft flying just a few meters above the sand. Continue to the stunning Harold Jack monument, the perfect spot to take in breathtaking views over Cole Bay. Throughout the tour, you’ll be provided with refreshments of beer, soda, water, or guava berry rum punch (a local favorite) so you can keep hydrated as you take in the unique sights. At approximately 1:00PM you’ll be dropped off back at the port or at your hotel in Philipsburg. 

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What people are saying about St Martin

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 60 reviews

Most people who are able to swim a lap in an Olympic pool won't need the floats. Do bring a waterproof camera and cash to tip the captain. We gave $20 USD each. This is a really good experience for first-time snorkelers.

The most outstanding guide on the island. You can't go wrong! He is friendly, full of information on the island, and knows all the best places to go no matter what your preferences are. This guide was wonderful!

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.

What a fabulous evening in the Caribbean! The crew was amazing and dinner was very tasty! We made new friends & enjoyed dancing! I highly recommend this cruise!

Top effort by the captain and his two assistants. What a service!!