Come experience firsthand what has made this St. Maarten's #1 ranked excursion on TripAdvisor for the last 10 years running and the absolute best way to avoid the cruise ship crowds and visit both the Dutch and French sides of the island in a family friendly, small group setting. From the moment you hop aboard our deluxe speed boat and venture out to sea you'll realize that your vacation has only just begun. Highlights of the 5 stop, 6 hour tour include unforgettable snorkeling with sea turtles, sting rays and tropical fish on uninhabited islands, sunbathing on some of the finest white sand beaches the Caribbean has to offer and feeling the rush of commercial jets landing directly over your head at the famous airport. All the while your captain and guide will make sure that you are not only educated and entertained but also well-tended to with food and drinks on the boat, all included in the price. So what are you waiting for? Let's get out on the water!
GUARANTEED to get you back to your cruise ship on time
Use of Snorkelling equipment
What's Not Included
Gratuities (15-20% recommended)
Nature Reserve Fee $6/person (payable in cash at check-in)
CHILD: Age: 0 - 5
ADULT: Age: 6 - 99
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
In order to ensure your safety and comfort, the captain may use his/her discretion to make adjustments to the itinerary and locations visited
Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Please advise of any health issues or handicaps at time of booking if required
Refunds WILL be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
We accommodate parties larger than 15 passengers by special request
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
In order to accommodate all cruise ship schedules we also offer earlier and later departure times upon request
Infant meals not included
May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Public transportation options are available nearby
Regular temperature checks for staff
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
We accommodate ALL cruise ship visitors and hotel guests staying on island
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
What To Expect
Captain Bob's most popular speed boat, snorkeling and beach tour is a full day, 5 stop adventure of a lifetime that is uniquely designed to show you the very best of both the French and Dutch sides of Sint Maarten/St. Martin.
Departing from Philipsburg, you'll first head past the islands of Saba, Statia and St. Barts before passing under the bridge into Simpson Bay Lagoon, the biggest lagoon in the Caribbean. While sightseeing in the lagoon you will be taken aback by the size of the million dollar "mega yachts" of the rich and famous that frequent the island in the wintertime. After officially crossing onto the French side of the island you will make your way around Marigot, Happy Bay, Friar's Bay and finally Grand Case.
Admission Ticket Free
Your first stop is the island of Tintamarre, an uninhabited island within the French Nature Reserve that is only accessible by boat and where large groups are forbidden, a great way to escape the cruise ship crowds. Here your knowledgable captain will give you a brief tutorial, provide you with snorkel gear and flotation devices and send you off to snorkel with the protected sea turtles and stingrays that reside there.
Admission Ticket Free
From there it's on to Pinel Island- a breathtaking place that boasts calm, waist-deep waters and swaying palm trees. It's the ultimate spot to unwind and relax with a drink in your hand and your feet in the soft sand. A delicious lunch will be served at Pinel, all included in the price. Before leaving don't forget to check out the boutique for souvenirs/gifts and say hello to the friendly local iguanas!
Admission Ticket Free
Next it's off to Creole Rock for another snorkel stop but this time at a vibrant coral reef with some of the most colorful fish and marine life in all of the Caribbean. Once everyone is safely back on board, you'll continue around the Northern side of island passing Baie Rouge, Plum Bay and the rest of Terres Basses, the most expensive zip code on the island.
Admission Ticket Free
Enjoy one last dip in paradise at either Long Bay or Mullet Bay- both universally recognized as some of the top beaches in the world. This is your last chance to grab "a noodle and a beer" and float around in the stunning turquoise waters while jamming to some of your favorite tunes. Drinks are complimentary all day long!
Admission Ticket Free
Awesome boat day!
Highly recommend doing a boat day with Captain Bob! It was such an awesome way to see St Martin and the surrounding islands by boat. The water is absolutely beautiful from Pinel and Tintamarre - good snorkeling as well. The captain (Brett) was laid back, told us about the history of the island, and poured strong rum drinks! The French bread sandwiches and free ice cream at the end of the day were a great addition. There is a reason Captain Bobs has so many reviews!
Go with Captain Bobs!
We had difficulty finding a lot to do visiting St Martin in September but Captain bob’s was the best day of our vacation. Our captain was hilarious, knowledgeable and kind. The boat was really fast and a bit scary at times for us but it was a great adventure and we conquered our fear. There’s so many great stops on this trip and we learned so many fun facts about the island and had lots of laughs. Plenty of sandwiches, beer and rum &cokes. Cannot give enough praise to our captain, I feel bad I forgot his name, I think he was Captain Bobs son. Thank you for this experience!
Captain Bob’s is the best
No regrets whatsoever. I’m so thankful we found captain bob’s tour on trip advisor. Sandwiches were amazing, drinks provided all day, and the information captain shares while on the excursion is priceless. My husband has a new best friend/business partner (ha ha) in Captain Brett and I’ve included their photo! The snorkeling was wonderful and nothing beats the water here. 10/10 recommend this excursion. Captain Brett is fun and we loved that it’s a smaller crowd on board.
Fun day on the water!
We had a great time aboard Captain Bob’s tour. The boat was new, clean and comfortable. Our captain Anthony and first mate CJ were very knowledgeable about the area and did a great job managing the boat on a rougher than usual day. We were able to go to all of the stops except Mullet Beach and they quickly adjusted the itinerary and headed to a different beach in its place. We saw turtles at Tintamare, iguanas at Pinel Island and lots of beautiful fish at Creole Rock. It was one of the highlights of the trip for my husband and I and our 15 year old son. We would definitely do this tour again.
Wonderful day on the water
This was a great day on the water! Anthony and CJ were the best. Truly made it a fun day! Definitely would do it again. They showed us everything and took us everywhere for a day. Plenty to drink and eat!
Fun in the Sun- Rum Belly
Captain Anthony and 1st mate CJ are awesome! Today we enjoyed a fun filled day on “Rum Belly” 40’ speed boat with 2 -150 hp engines that swiftly navigated us thru the beautiful Caribbean and Atlantic Oceans around Saint Maarten, both Dutch and French side. They shared the rich history of the island with stops in Pinel Island, Tintemarra and other beautiful beach’s around the island. If you love the salt air, swimming/snorkeling and boating this is a must while in Saint Maarten! Ask for Anthony and CJ you will not be disappointed!!
Rum Belly for the win!
Lots of insight on the area and all the things to see. Great restaurant recommendations to continue to enjoy your vacation. Sandwiches provided for lunch were good. Made from a good French baguette bread. Boat is clean and well maintained.
Wonderful must-do excursion! Great value. Captain Franco was wonderful and took excellent care of us while keeping us safe, even though he didn’t have a first mate. We only had 14 on our boat which was great. We made 5 total stops and were able to swim/snorkel at 4 of them. Absolutely wonderful!
Great day on the water!
Maddie S, 09-10-2022
I have gone on several boat trips in St. Maarten over the years. Usually we do a catamaran trip so this was different. Enjoyed the more intimate experience. There were 15 guests and two crew. Captain Anthony and first mate CJ were very professional and personable. They put safely first but were able to show us a great time. Anthony’s driving was particularly impressive through the rough bits north of the island on the way to Tintamarre. They both went out of their way to ensure every guest had whatever they needed. There were sandwiches from a local bakery, chips and beverages and a bit of alcohol. If you are looking for a good time and don’t mind being jostled about for a bit, then give it a try. Great for people who want a smaller crowd, a more intimate experience and aren’t into a total booze fest (though I did my best). Definitely recommend.
Had a great time!! Kids loved it ! People from all over the world! Thanks Brett
Karl L, 13-10-2022
Had a great time! My Bous loved seeing the sea turtles and stingray Meet people from all over the world and learned about the island! Thanks Brett
Don’t skip this tour on your cruise stop in st Maarten
This tour was great. The boat ride was super fast and fun. There were three families are our tour but it wasn’t crowded. Brett, our captain, was an awesome guide. The snorkeling was great. Highly recommend.
Happy in St. Maarten.
Wow. What a day! Sea Turtles, Sting Rays, blue skies and open ocean. Thank you. A memorable trip. Great for families.
Full Day of Excitement
Outstanding. A ton of fun! It was poor day for snorkeling due to the rough seas, but that made the boat ride even more exciting.
The most wonderful experience!
This was the 2nd time doing this tour and we absolutely loved everything about it both times. A private tour, with lunch on a different island, it is such an incredible experience.
One of the best days of the vacation.
Stacy M, 03-12-2022
One of the best days of the vacation. I have taken this excursion back in 2014. We had fun back then so we did the excursion again. This time we went to a new snorkel spot that we saw sea turtles. I would recommend this to anyone. Brett was funny, the sandwich were good, and the drinks were unlimited.
Great tour for cruise ship guests!
We were a little wary about booking a tour that wasn’t affiliated with our cruise ship.
We worried for nothing. In fact, everyone on the tour was from our cruise ship. This tour was fantastic and got us back to port with plenty of time to spare.
We saw lots of sea turtles and our Captain Brett was very knowledgeable and a great captain.
The rum and beer was an added bonus!
Thank you Captain Brett!
Excellent adventure! I would highly recommend this tour. Snorkeled with sea turtles and saw dolphins! Couldn't ask for a better trip :-D
Best Day of the cruise!
Capt. Brett was the best making the day safe, fun and exciting. The dock is a quick walk from the cruise port (just remember the time change). The water was rough the day we were out, but Capt. Brett did a great job driving making everyone feel safe. So don’t be afraid if the water is rough. We have 5 young children on the boat and he catered to everyone. We snorkeled at two spots, watched the famous airplanes land overhead and had a nice time on beach. Lunch and drinks were included making it an easy since we were coming off a cruise. Don’t be afraid to book this trip even if it is not part of the “official” cruise activities. You will not regret it.
Loved every aspect of the trip. Brett was a super guide. He was information andbthe experience was super
A Must Do On St. Maarten
My favorite part was floating underneath a jumbo airplane coming in for a landing right over our heads. It was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget. The places we stopped at were spectacular, from the snorkeling with turtles, then snorkeling with the fish and finally the stops just to hang out and swim in beautiful coves. The boat was new, very clean and comfortable. Our captain, Anthonie, was an expert at handling the boat through the waves and driving under bridges. We felt we were in very capable hands throughout the trip. He was also very friendly and gave us interesting facts about the island.
Great Day with Captain Bob
Excellent crew. Excellent boat. Easy walk from the cruise ship. Got us back in time to the ship. Having the flexibility to go to the better places b/c of the weather on a particular day is priceless. We ended up gong snorkeling at 2 different places, then stopping somewhere we could could get a bite/drink and worked our way around the whole island. There was also plenty of food/drink/lunch on the boat if we didn't want to buy anything at one of our stops. There was about 20 people on our boat that was 40+ feet long.
Another Great Day
Yesterday was our third trip out with Brett for my wife and I and every trip is different as they make the most of the day with the current conditions. There isn't a better way to experience the island in our opinion which is why we keep coming back. So glad they have survived hurricanes and Covid lockdowns and that our cruise schedule allowed for another day on their boats. Always great to get away from the crowds and enjoy a customized excursion.
Must do tour!
The crew was very kind and hospitable all the time. The weather was very pleasant and brighted the trip. I had an amazing time!
Definitely a must do to in St Martin!
This was an amazing fun trip! It encompasses the entire island. Great snorkeling or just swimming. 1 hour beach time in Pinel Island is definitely a bonus. Brett asks everyone what time your ship leaves so you are back in plenty of time. Much better than those crowded cruise tours! A bonus was running into our neighbors who were on a different ship, same tour! Lots of fun. Definitely a must do.
Thank you for showing us this beautiful island paradise! Although the water was a bit rough, you did your best to bring us to the best spots and beaches. We had a wonderful day with wonderful people!
Great adventure under rough seas!
The captain and first mate were exceptional! (Anthony and Arno) The conditions were rough due to a storm farther north which created murky waters. This unfortunately ruined the snorkeling. However the water was beautiful and we enjoyed ourselves! One improvement: Lunch was a pre-wrapped sandwich with chips and apples. Not the best.
Rough Day At Sea
Captain Bob’s team can’t change the seas nor equipment failure. However, they can change how they react to it. My recommendation to their team is twofold. First, when a boat fails and you have to change out at another location, don’t make the guests make a second side trip back to retrieve said boat. We wasted a significant amount of time doing both boat changes. The first exchange was necessary. The second was a matter of convenience for the owners and an inconvenience for the passengers. Ultimately, the best part of the tour was shortened as a result. My second recommendation is to have alternate plans for days with rough seas. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean with 6 ft swells is a tough day of riding. I wonder if it was made worse with our captain trying to catch the tour up. Not sure. Several passengers were grabbing their necks in pain. My husband and I are both a little sore this morning ourselves. I have to think there is a better way to handle the tour and still have an enjoyable day.
Nice team members, organized start, close to the terminal. If the boat hadn’t broken and the seas weren’t crazy, a totally different day. One experience so only take it for that one day.
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