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Island Vibes

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This half day tour takes you snorkeling under Fort Amsterdam, watching jets fly over your head at Maho Beach, and dining on scrumptious fare at a local restaurant.

All aboard the bus for a scenic ride through Philipsburg to Little Bay where you will strap on your snorkel gear and go below the waterline to explore all the treasures underneath Fort Amsterdam. Here's your chance to hand-feed sergeant majors and ballyhoos, and grab once-in-a-lifetime photos.

The ocean floor has a statue, cannons, and a helicopter, plus a submarine that you can actually swim through. Admire the curious fish that darts around you such as snapper, grouper, and lionfish. Once back on land your adventure continues as you tour around both sides of the island while your guide shares entertaining stories and fascinating facts about the history of the island, as well as how the area has bounced back following Hurricane Irma.

Upon arrival in rustic Marigot (capital of the French side) you will stop at Rosemary's Restaurant and be treated to a delicious lunch of chicken, ribs, or fish with a variety of sides including sweet potatoes, cassava, rice and beans, and plantains (vegetarian options available). Rosemary's is located in Marigot just a few steps away from the water's edge and many small vendors for local shopping. After you've had your fill you will head to Maho Beach and sink your toes in the sand as jets come in for a landing over the beachfront and over your head! Then it's back on the bus for a return to Philipsburg for a stroll on the Beauty Beach boardwalk.

Conclude your tour with a ride back to the pickup point, or spend some free time in town browsing the shops, sipping on a Pina Colada, or enjoying ice cream as you make your own way back to port (at your expense). Your tour includes snorkeling gear, flotation devices, and an open bar on the bus offering rum punch, beers, non-alcoholic options, and snacks. Book this 4.5-hour tour now to experience St. Maarten by land and by sea.

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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $130.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Water/Beach, Cuisine, Scenic
Tour Duration
4.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 4 to 6 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
On the bus after snorkeling - Open Bar on bus: Rum Punch, Beers, Fruity Punch, Sodas, Water. Meal is included on our 2nd stop. Rosemary's Restaurant Menu Choices: Choice of four main dishes; Chicken, ribs, fish or vegetarian And sides served; white rice or rice and beans, provisions and fried plantain. Provisions is the term used in West Indian nations to describe a number of traditional root vegetable staples such as yams, sweet potatoes, dasheen root (taro), eddos and cassava. They are often cooked and served as a side dish in local cuisine.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing swimming suits with outer coverings, sunscreen (biodegradable) and sunglasses, rubber soled shoes suggested and bringing a towel is required.
Buses are not wheelchair accessible. Foldable walkers are approved as long as guest can be mobile on their own. Guests must be able to walk and complete slight decline and incline and to be comfortable swimming. : All guests must be comfortable swimming without assistance.