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St Maarten nature walk and snorkel


  • Happy bay
  • Pic Paradis
Explore the best of both worlds by checking out St Maarten/ St Martin picturesque scenery from land and water. Visit the islands highest point, on top of Pic Paradis for an amazing panoramic view of the islands landscape and how it meets the ocean. With the knowledge of your expert nature guide, get a close look of the local wildlife such as iguanas, birds and lizards surrounding a saltwater pond. Then make your way to a relaxing Caribbean bay to snorkel among tropical fish and marine life. On the excursion, enjoy a stop for coffee, tea and cake. Also round-trip transportation is included from selected hotels.

Main points:

  • Guided tour by an expert nature guide, of the beautiful natural features of St Maarten/ St Martin.
  • Visit the islands highest peak, Pic Paradis for an amazing view of surrounding landscape.
  • Explore one of many salt-water ponds on the island and the wildlife that surrounds it like lizards, iguanas and birds.
  • Snorkel in a relaxing Caribbean bay amongst colorful fish and tropical reef.
  • Enjoy a stop for Coffee, tea and cake

Tour itinerary:

The meeting point for this excursion, departures from the parking lot located next to the cruise ship terminal. For anyone staying in Oyster Pond or Phillipsburg, hotel pick up is free.

First, you will kick off the tour with a stop at one of the Islands many Salt Ponds and with the included binoculars, watch beautiful birds in their natural habitat. Many different birds can be seen around the salt ponds such as Brown Pelicans, Frigate Birds, Royal Tern, Bananaquit, egrets and many more. Also iguanas and other small lizards are often seen throughout the excursion.

From the Dutch side salt pond, you will travel across to the French side and make your way to the highest point on the island, Pic Paradis. At the end of the paved road, you have approximately a 20 minute uphill hike to your first breath taking viewpoint, overlooking the east side of St. Maarten/St. Martin. A short distance from there, you have another view point that shows the entire Southwest side of the island.

Shortly after your downhill trek back to the car, you’ll have a break at another viewpoint with homemade banana bread and coffee or tea.

The final stop of your half-day excursion will be at a calm secluded beach, where you will have the chance to snorkel together with your trained snorkel guide, and experience swimming among tropical Caribbean fish and its colorful underwater world.

This tour will end back at your starting point, next to the cruise terminal and you would have done a full round trip excursion around St. Maarten/ St. Martin, while visiting its best nature locations.


  • Round trip St. Maarten/ St. Martin
  • Port pick up and drop-off
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Philipsburg and Oyster Pond hotels only!)
  • Local guide
  • Narrated tour
  • Light refreshments
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Small-group tour
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Please advise shoe size and male or female at time of booking, for the snorkel equipment
Departure point

Dock Maarten parking lot, Philipsburg. Walking distance from the Cruise Ship Terminal.

Departure time

8:30am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port


4 hours (approx.)

Return details

Returns to original departure point

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