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Orient and Maho beach half day tour


If Port of St Maarten is on your cruise itinerary and you are looking for a real beach experience, why not choose to visit the two most popular beaches on St Maarten/ St Martin in a half-day excursion with a guide.

Lounge and swim by the stunning turquoise waters of Orient Beach or choose to add some adrenaline and take part in one of many watersport activities offered. After you will head towards the YouTube famous beach of Maho and watch the giant commercial airplanes fly just overhead onto Princess Juliana Airport runway, possibly while enjoying a beverage or snack at one of the nearby restaurants. Included is the round trip transportation from the cruise port and complimentary refreshments onboard.

Main points:

  • Visit St Maarten/ St Martin two most famous beaches in a Half-day shore excursion.
  • Rent water sports equipment from one of many beach vendors on Orient (Jet Skis, Paraglide, body board, Fly board etc)
  • Decide to snack or lounge at one of the beaches many restaurants or bars
  • Hear informative and entertaining commentary from your local guide
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments (water, beer, soda or guavaberry rum punch)
  • Round-trip transport in air-conditioned vehicle to and from cruise port is included.

Trip itinerary:

Walking distance from your cruise ship gangway, meet with your friendly guide at St Maarten’s cruise terminal and board a comfortable, air-conditioned van. Enjoy a narrated tour by your driver/guide via the East side of the island to your first beach stop, Orient Bay Beach.

Arrive at St Martins longest beach, where you will approximately stay for 2 hours. Relax on the pristine white sand beach, take a swim in the warm turquoise waters or visit some nearby beach restaurants and bars. Watersport activities such as Jet Skis, paragliding, fly board excursions are available, some children activities are also offered. (At your own expense)

Around midday, return back to your awaiting vehicle and enjoy the scenic drive to the other side of the island, Maho Beach. On the journey make use of the complimentary drinks offered like soda, beer, rum punch and water. When arrived at the famous airport beach you will stay approximately again another 2 hours and can spend your time experiencing in almost touching distance, the approach of a giant Boeing plane making its final decent on Princess Juliana international airport. You can also choose to watch from Sunset Beach Bar and Grill while listening to live feed from the airports control tower, while enjoying possibly a nice beverage or tasteful lunch. If you fancy doing some shopping, Maho village is walking distance from the beach and has many different jewelry or boutique shops to choose from. (At your own expense.)
After your half day of exploring St. Maarten/ St Martin’s most popular beaches, you will make the journey back to the cruise terminal, and would have done a full round trip of the island.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Philipsburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


  • Local guide
  • Beverages (water, beer, soda, guavaberry rum punch) while in transit
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach or van
  • Worry-free shore excursion guarantee
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food/Beverages at lunch
Additional info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking Note: this tour is for cruise ship passengers only It is recommended that you bring a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen Minimum age to consume alcohol is 18 years Minimum numbers apply.

There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Note: tour departure time is based on local island time, not cruise ship time

During the winter season (November-March) there is an additional departure time of 11am. The 9am departure time is available year-round

Please Note: A portion of Orient Beach is clothing optional.

Local operator information Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Cancellation Policy If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Departure point

Tour departs from the Philipsburg cruise ship port

Departure time

April-October: 9am
November-March: 9am and 11am


5 hours (approx.)

Return details

Returns to original departure point

  • Orient Beach
  • Maho Beach

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