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St Maarten kayak and snorkel adventure in Simpson bay


  • People snorkeling
  • People kayaking
  • Kimsha beach
  • Pelican Rock
Kayak and snorkel in St Maarten's Simpson Bay during a leisurely, 2.5-hour eco-adventure. This slow-paced excursion is a suitable option for beginner snorkelers and kayakers. Follow your adventure guide on 45 minutes of snorkeling and 40 minutes of kayaking, with plenty of breaks and instruction. Get a clear view of the island's underwater environment, including live coral and species such as parrot fish, trumpet fish and tang. Finish up with a refreshment at a beachside restaurant and a group discussion of the marine life you witnessed. Use of all equipment is included.

Main points:

  • 2.5-hour snorkeling and kayaking tour on St Maarten
  • Leisurely, relaxed excursion suitable for beginners
  • Kayak around Pelican Rock and Simpson Bay
  • Snorkel among live coral and schools of tropical fish
  • Expert instruction from an adventure guide
  • Refreshing drink at a beachside restaurant and discussion of marine life viewed while snorkeling

Tour itinerary:

Find your way to St Maarten's Kim Sha Beach to meet your guide and group. Get a short lesson on safety and paddling technique, then climb in to your 2-person, sit-on-top kayaks and paddle out into Simpson Bay. Watch the shoreline glide by and get an up-close view of the variety of marine vessels moored in Simpson Bay. With favorable weather conditions, you can follow your guide around Pelican Rocks and into the next bay. Move at a relaxed pace, with plenty of rest breaks to view the neighboring islands and birds at rest on the rocks. 

Reach your destination, a beach in a protected cove, and get fitted for snorkeling equipment. Listen to a short orientation, then follow your guide out to the coral reef and nearby rocky caverns. During 45 minutes of snorkeling, see tang, needle nose, trumpet fish, angel fish and parrot fish flitting about, as well as other marine creatures your guide points out. 

Paddle back to Kim Sha Beach in your kayak, then go ashore and have a drink at the Greenhouse Restaurant. Sit down with your group and discuss the marine life you saw and its importance to St Maarten's ecosystem. 

Please note:

Single kayaks are reserved for guides or cases where there are an odd number of travelers.
If weather conditions are not favorable for kayaking, you will participate in a beach swim instead.


  • Bottled water
  • Celebratory drink
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Additional info:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 10 years old
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for those who have back, shoulder, or hip problems
Departure point

Simpson Bay

Departure time

9am or 11:30am


2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Return details

Returns to original departure point

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