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Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore St Maarten on a half-day speedboat and snorkeling tour. With your expert captain and small group limited to sixteen people, jet out from Philipsburg to several nearby locations like the uninhabited Tintamarre Island. Jump into the water and snorkel at the biodiversity hotspot Creole Rock, then enjoy a lunch beachside on Pinel Island. Sip beers and soda from the onboard bar as your captain shares his knowledge of St Maarten and the surrounding waters with you.
  • Small group speedboat tour of St Maarten
  • Find the best snorkeling spots in this island paradise, accessible only by boat
  • Snorkel with sea turtles at Tintamarre Island and explore the nature reserve of Creole Rock
  • Enjoy lunch at a local beachfront restaurant on Pinel Island
  • Visit La Samanna Resort and feed fish from the amazing beach
  • Watch aircraft soar overhead as they take off from Princess Juliana Airport
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Use of Snorkeling equipment
Lunch
Unlimited beer, soda and water on board
Floating devices on board
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Marine Park Fee $6 per person

Departure Point

Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

62 Welfare Rd, Cole Bay, Sint Maarten

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to Dock Maarten Chesterfield Wharf to start your day out at sea. Meet your knowledgeable captain and small group of eleven people or less, then step aboard the speedboat.

Leaving the harbor, head for Simpson Bay Bridge and the Dutch side of the island. Visit the largest lagoon in the Caribbean to see scores of luxe yachts on display, each more elaborate than the next. 

At the Marina Royale in Marigot, European-style cafés line the water, showing the French influence on this side of the island. View the imposing Ft Louis, flying its French flag over the town. Cruise over to Friars Bay, the site of many of the island's legendarily hedonistic Full Moon parties, then stop at Happy Bay. 

The captain will pull up at Tintamarre, an uninhabited island favored by the local sea turtles. Jump into the warm, calm waters to commune with the turtles as they swim around you in this protected reserve. 

Continue to Pinel Island, where you'll sit down for a hot lunch at a beachside restaurant on Yellow Beach. Sit in the shallows with a refreshing beverage from the onboard bar or trek around the tiny island to explore the tide pools along the shore. 

After an hour there, zip over to Creole Rock, the area's best snorkeling spot, smack in the middle of Grand Case Bay. Don a mask, flippers and snorkel to explore the undersea world, rich with marine life and vibrant coral. Then take off on a cruise around the island, viewing the mansions of Terre Basse and the red rock cliffs on the Bay Rouge. Feed the fish in Long Bay as you attempt some celebrity-spotting on the beach of the nearby La Samanna Resort. 

Have your camera ready to photograph planes directly overhead as aircraft come in for a landing at nearby Princess Juliana Airport. It’s just a short cruise back around Simpson Bay to admire 150-foot (45-meter) mega yachts before arriving back at Dock Maarten Chesterfields Wharf.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tintamarre Island
Tintamarre Feel like a “king or queen for the day” on beautiful tintamarre. after all, at one time this now deserted island had its own king, navy and airline. after arriving at baie blanche you can swim, snorkel, sunbathe or shuffle your sandy toes over to the island’s second beach just a short but rocky hop away. part of the marine park, tintamarre is home for many spectacular species of fish . If we're lucky you'll also encounter Sea Turtles and even stingrays.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Friar's Bay
Friars Bay Mid-Island and north of Marigot, Friars Bay spoils that sunbather and swimmer who want a more low-key environment while still enjoying the gourmet experience. Friar’s Bay Cafe is famous for its French ambiance while Kali’s Beach Bar provides the Caribbean food loved by the locals…and soon to be your new favorite.
Stop At:  
Pinel Island
Pinel Island in orient bay, pinel’s warm shallow waters and soft sand beaches make this island a perfect spot for families or anyone who wants a low key day to unwind. dine at yellow beach restaurant, offering bbq and other delicious fare, or karibuni restaurant, with gourmet food specializing in lobster. want some exercise after eating all that good food, bring your hiking shoes and head over to the other side of the island and its two other more deserted beaches.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Fort Louis
Marigot Craving sushi or curry or beef bourgeon or need to find the perfect almond croissant? perhaps you are a shopaholic on a quest to find that special label from europe with just the right panache? then shop and dine in marigot in french st. martin and enjoy both its lagoon and ocean views.
Stop At:  
Robinson Speed Boat Tours
Our Meeting Point - located 7 min walk from the cruise ship
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Princess Juliana International Airport
Of course get the great pictures of the planes landing - Maho beach
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring a towel and swimsuit
  • Note: maximum number of guests per tour is 17
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Robinson Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands ?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands ?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands ?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "For those that get nausea the ride can hit some choppy waves." See review
  • "Would highly recommend the day trip to anyone seeking great fun, and snorkeling as well." See review

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A Beautiful Day
Heather_C
, Jun 2021
We had a wonderful time exploring the natural beauty of the area. Sammy and Marit were welcoming and enjoyable guides and very accommodating to everyone’s needs. Would definitely do it again.
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The Best
BobE
, Mar 2020
Best day on SXM. Daniel and his gorgeous assistant did a wonderful job keeping us all entertained. Would highly recommend the day trip to anyone seeking great fun, and snorkeling as well. Thank you so much.
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Great day on the water!
Codysmith92190
, Jan 2020
Boi and Diana were incredible guides and really provided an unforgettable experience. The snorkeling was great and they were very knowledgeable and fun people to be around. I highly recommend this excursion!! 6 hours of pure fun and enjoyment.
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Cruise ship excursion
pgh55mom2
, Oct 2019
This was possibly one of the best tours we have ever taken. We have been to most islands in the Caribbean and this was the last one we had not visited. Our captains Anthony and Gregory were amazing and very informative. Snorkeling at three different stops, lunch and Maho Beach were just some of the highlights. I strongly recommend this tour !!!
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Wonderful experience. Must do!
anilk675
, Sep 2019
It was a fantastic experience . Boat was new and very clean. Experienced, courteous and knowledgeable staff. Covered all the places they mentioned well in time. Can do a little better in lunch menu selection but overall a great experience m
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Wonderful day with Capt Russell and Giam
Robyn B
, Jul 2019
My husband, daughter, and I had a fantastic day cruising around St. Maarten with Robinson Tours, the best excursion of our trip to the Caribbean! Capt Russell and Giam were super friendly, shared a lot of information on St. Maarten, and took us to several absolutely beautiful spots to enjoy both the beaches, water, and sea life including several sea turtles and rays. We were part of a cruise, so Capt Russell ensured we were back to shore with time to get back to our ship. A perfect day, we would most definitely recommend this excursion and would book with Robinson, and Viator, again!
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Speed boat thriller
Winston F
, Jul 2019
This was an excellent excursion and well worth the $. Our guide's Brett & Dillon for Robinson Boat Charter were the best, informative but not over talking, great interaction. We started by being picked up at Robinson Boat Charter by the Great Bay, the heading out to the Simpson Bridge, Friars Bay and being able to view the late Steve Jobs yacht. We then headed to Tintamarre Island to snorkel in some of the clearest water around. Next stop was Creole Rock (Bay of Grand Case) for more snorkeling, next stop was the beautiful hidden Yellow Beach on Pinet Island where we had lunch and spent time on the beach and in the water, next was swimming in Baie Rouge and last was watching an incoming 757 fly over our head while on the speed boat by Maho Beach. There was adequate seating in the front and back, plenty of water and photo shots. For those that get nausea the ride can hit some choppy waves. Overall an excellent experience
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Lanie and Reddick were amazing!!
Shannon G
, Jun 2019
Such a great cruise excursion. 4-5 stops. Lunch. Refreshments. Snorkeling gear. Real world island stories. Exceeded expectations. Family of 6 had a great time.
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Fast and Diverse
Odyssey651298
, Jun 2019
I had a great time on this excursion. The boat was in beautiful condition and we flew through the water to get to our first destination, which was a beautiful beach. Snorkeled there and saw several sea turtles. Then we motored to a lovely lunch spot and from there on to a snorkeling location filled with lots of fish. The captain and his co-captain were charming. A great day!!
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Fantastic experience!
Sunshine23426945510
, Apr 2019
The tour operator exceeded our expectations. They were well organized and on time. The small group setting made for a much better experience than the cruise-affiliated excursions. We spent more time in the water rather than herding a big group of people on a boat. The captain was excellent and pointed out interesting sites and homes along the way. We would definitely recommend this attraction!
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