Beach/Snorkeling Boat Tour

 

Thanks for asking about excursions with Soualiga Destinations.  I hope you found us through www.tripadvisor.com where we are the #1 company for excursions in all of St. Martin / Sint Maarten.  If you didn't see our great reviews, here is a link to our listing:

 

 

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We are also have great reviews on Cruise Critic.


























 















There are many others that have tried to take advantage of my success and market a tour that seems the same as what I do. I have created  this tour and they do not have the experience and ability to deliver the best experience and get you back to your ship on time and they often bait and switch the boat that is advertised.  We are #1 with close to 1000 positive reviews so why not go with the best.





Here is a description of our most popular tour and I am sure you will find that this tour with Soualiga Destinations will be the best day of your  vacation.

 
Check out this short U-Tube video of the tour:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUEydx9xWiA&feature=plcp&context=C4e9e978VDvjVQa1PpcFPKxXnNm6szOUe58pOFdRwsPvJWKJJ-Pvs=


This tour is especially designed for island visitors and passengers from cruise ships that depart at 5 PM or later.  We get back to our dock no later than 4 PM and it takes no more than 15 minutes to walk at a normal pace back to the ship from our dock.  You can be back to the ship at 4:20 PM  Your "all on board" call is 4:30 for ships that depart at 5.  Many seasoned cruisers will be walking back and boarding at 4:55 but we don't want you to cut things that close.  In many years of working with 1000's of cruise ship passengers, we have never let anyone miss the ship.  If we did, we would not be #1 for so many years.


If you would like to book a reservation, we accept deposits via PayPal or if you do not have a PayPal account, we can send an invoice that you can pay online with a credit card.  No PayPal account needed to pay online with a credit card.


One note about our lunch.  We serve a hot lunch in a cafe on the beach.  There are loungers available for free to use so you can swim and relax while I prepare lunch.  You have a choice of chicken, ribs or fresh snapper.  Each plate comes with french fries, or rice and a salad.  This is served on dishes, not paper plates with real silverware,( not silver but metal!  LOL)  Some boats offer a packaged ham sandwich thrown together by the captain on the boat with soggy french bread or a bit of frozen chicken and a tiny salad.  Our lunch is one of our most popular features along with every thing else that makes us the most popular tour in all of St. Martin.

 

This boat leaves from within walking distance from the cruise ship pier and does an all day excursion around St. Martin.  This tour is not sold through the ships and avoids the cruise ship crowds and includes lunch.


$109 per person

$89 for children under 6

 

 We depart from Dock Maarten, Philipsburg at 10 AM where we have several new  boats ready to take you on the ride of a lifetime.  The capacity is between 10 and 16 passengers on modern speedboats with shade and sun, space to move around and  powered with up to 3  X  300 HP motors.  We return about 4 PM.  Lunch is included for the price.


Served on board is Heineken and Coors Lite beer, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and bottled water included in the price.



This is an excellent value and a very family friendly trip.



 

 

 












It is fun for swimmers and non swimmers.



 

 

 

 











We take off along the South coast of St. Martin to Simpson Bay and through the Dutch side bridge into the Simpson Bay Lagoon.  During the winter, we pass up close to some of the biggest private yachts in the world.



 


We cross to the French side of the lagoon, towards Marigot and under the French side bridge into the Caribbean Sea.  We travel along the North coast of St. Martin stopping to see all the beaches along this coast, Lovers Beach, Friars Bay, Happy Bay, and Grand Case.  We also pass a most interesting rock formation.

 

Depending on the weather and the number of boats present, we stop at Creole Rock or one of the other nice spots to do some snorkeling.



 


















After, we continue along the coast past Anse Marcel toward the eastern side of the island and the Atlantic Ocean.

 

This will bring us to Pinel Island where we have some time to relax on the beach.  Pinel is a tropical paradise with calm, shallow, blue water and swaying palm trees.  There is a small boutique under the palm trees where you will find unique items not found in the normal tourist traps on St. Martin and the prices are very reasonable.  


Photo: Larry Woods




Lunch is served in a cafe on the beach in Grand Case, the culinary capital of the Caribbean.


Please see the lunch description at the beginning of the description.

 


After, we head over to Tintemarre Island if the group and the waves allow.  It can be rough going there, but the spot is beautiful and a great place to swim and walk the beach.  Tintemarre is a deserted tropical island in the French Natural Reserve with a beautiful beach and is usually un-crowded.  There is no development on the island and no public transportation to it.  Turtles are almost always seen and if you are patient and quiet, they will surface right next to you and you will have an opportunity to get fantastic photos closeup while snorkeling or relaxing on the beach.


Because we are technically in France, there is always the chance that there will be topless women on the beaches.



 








On the way back to Philipsburg, we go back all the way around the island past Bay Rouge, Plum Bay, Long Bay.  At Long Bay we stop do swim if we are lucky some special friends will greet you in the water and this is GREAT fun and very exciting for ALMOST everybody.



 

 














Then past Cupecoy, & Mullet Bay and then stop at Maho Bay to hopefully catch a big jet taking off or landing at the international airport.  The planes pass very close over your heads and you get to see why PJIA international Airport is listed as one of the 10 most dangerous airports in the world. I think it was rated as #3 on the TV show of the same name.   "You Tube"  search “St. Martin landings” and you will see what I mean. 

We do not control the schedule of the planes and there is no guarantee that we will see any of the big boys landing or taking off.  We usually do but some days because of delays or the time of the season we only see small planes.  We do our best to deliver!



 













Then we continue back to Philipsburg for a 4 PM arrival which leaves you plenty of time to make it back to your ship for an “all a board “ at 4:30 and departure at 5.

 

The places we go to are in the French Natural Reserve and boats with more than 18 people are forbidden.

  

 All of our tours offer the same level and quality of service as what people have come to expect from Soualiga Destinations.

 

If this sounds like something that you would like to book, Please let me know and I will explain how to make a reservation/deposit using PayPal or a credit card.

 

Please let me know if this is not what you have in mind and I can suggest some of our other tours that are land based.  It helps if you tell me what you might be interested in.

 

 I am happy to answer any questions you might have and I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

 

 Due to our small capacity and popularity, we book up fast.

 

Capt. Bob







 

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