Whichever month we’re in, there will always be birds to see and interesting phenomena taking place: in summer we’ll have our resident birds breeding and in winter we see birds from the Northern Americas coming to our island to escape the cold. We’ll also see a variety of land birds, many of which are endemic to the Lesser Antilles and the Caribbean. During this 3,5 hour tour we’ll visit at least one salt pond, one fresh pond, rocky coast line and sandy shore.
Birdwatching is best done during the early hours of the day. It’s a bit cooler then and the sun casts a softer light over our avifauna which is especially nice when you are also into photographing the birds and other wildlife we’ll come across. Depending on whether there are guests coming off a cruise ship and which time the ship arrives in port we’ll start the tour at 7.30 am or 8.30 am.
For more info on the birds of St Maarten/ St Martin check out our Birdwatching section.
|When||Every week on several mornings|
|Pick Up 1||From Dock Maarten in Philipsburg – a 10 minute walk from the cruise ship pier|
|Pick Up 2||From all hotels in Philipsburg and Oyster Pond|
|Time||8.30 am – noon or earlier, schedule can be adjusted for later cruise ship arrivals|
What to bring: A hat and suntan lotion to protect your skin and mosquito repellent. Wear shoes that are comfortable for walking and which you don’t mind getting wet, sandals or sports shoes are great. And of course: bring your binoculars! You can also use one of ours, we have nice and clear 8×42 Olympuses.
Included in this trip are: drinks and snacks.
We’ll have cold water, iced tea and iced coffee with a piece of homemade banana bread.
Also included is the use of our spotting scope and rain coats (on a rare occasion). For you to keep are a Seagrape Tours notepad and pen, handy for listing your sightings.
Are you after a specific bird species for your life list? Check with us whether we usually encounter the bird on our normal route, if not you can choose to book a Private Birding Tour with us so we can target the bird(s) on your list and have a good chance of sighting them.