Beach/Snorkeling Boat Tour


Thanks for asking about excursions with Soualiga Destinations.  I hope you found us through 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:


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 2500 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:

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.


This boat leaves from within walking distance ( along a safe, level and shaded walkway) from the cruise ship pier and does an all day excursion around St. Martin.  Simple directions and a map are included in your confirmation.  This tour is not sold through the ships and avoids the cruise ship crowds and includes lunch.

$119 per person

$99 for children under 6

We may have to change our lunch venue and menu because of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. 

Until our restaurant is rebuilt, we are serving a variety of sandwiches on the boat


 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 17 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 and high quality snorkeling gear  is included in the price.

Served on board is Heineken and Coors Lite beer (depending on availability), 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


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. 

Because the airport services a small island, there are not flights coming and going all day, every day.  Normally we do get to see at least one big plane come in and go out but there is no guarantee.  Some days there are no flights scheduled at the time we go by and on other days, if there is a delay or the plane leaves early we may miss them.  We do not get off the boat at Maho beach because we are forbidden to come close to the beach for safety reasons.  The effect of being on the water right under them is still impressive plus the view of the "nuts" standing behind the jets as they take off is quite interesting.


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


Swaliga Charters Soualiga Destinations St Maarten St.Martin Boat Charter Boat Trips St Barths snorkelling Tintamarre paradise! Boat Charter Island Saint Barthelemy St.Maarten anguilla Turtles St Maarten Caribbean Sea SXM Pinel Island cruise ship tours Captain Bob SXM beach Creole Rock Grand Case Juilana Airport Speed boat tours Orient Beach Philipsburg Marigot Sunset boat trip boat trips Port of call Maarten St Maarten Speed Boating private boat beach sxm private boat charters Shoal bay  Cruise ship excursions Number 1 tripadvisor Activities St. Martin activities Philipsburg Royal caribbean Carnival cruise lines Princess crusie lines Pirate tours SXM