THE Eco Tour of St Martin: our Hiking & Snorkel Tour
During this half day Nature Tour for all ages we will visit and enjoy St Maarten and St Martin’s natural highlights. We’ll go wildlife watching at a wetland, make a short hike through a forest with stunning views and we’ll snorkel in the best bay of the day.
We take a maximum of 6 guests per tour, for larger groups check out our Private Tour section, and our vehicles are air conditioned.
What to bring: Wear your swim clothes and suntan lotion. A hat and a (small) towel will come in handy. Wear shoes that are comfortable for walking and can’t slip off easily, sandals or sport shoes are best.
Included is the use of our snorkel gear, floating noodles and fish identification cards. Upon making your reservation please let us know what your shoe sizes are.
For a detailed description of St Martin’s greatest Eco Tour see below.
|When||Several mornings each week|
|Starts at||Dock Maarten in Philipsburg – How to get there?|
|Time||08:30 AM – 12. 30 AM Are you on a cruise ship?|
|Rates||Adult $69, Child up to 12 yrs $54|
Also included: We’ll have cold water and you’ll be offered Iced Tea and Iced Coffee and a slice of our homemade banana bread. Upon making your reservation please let us know whether there are any specific dietary requests.
Detailed description of the Hiking & Snorkel Tour
The Hiking and Snorkel tour is a full island tour, we’ll cross the Dutch-French border twice and you’ll have great views of both Saint Martin and Sint Maarten.
First stop is the Amuseum Naturalis, to discover which species are only found on St Martin, and which animals and plants came later and are invasive. Spot hummingbirds and bananaquits at the feeders, and iguanas and other lizards scurrying about on the grounds of this old plantation home.
Second stop is the highest peak of the island, the green and tropical Pic Paradis at 424 mtr/ 1390 ft. A 20 minute slight sloping and easy hike past lush vegetation, impressive rock formations, and vibrant bird sounds will bring us to the top where a wide vista of the Eastern side of St Martin spreads out in front of us. While you rest and enjoy the view, your guide will tell the story of how St Martin came to be and what it is you see from the top.
After the downhill walk back, we hop in the van to go to the 3rd stop for a break. We’ll serve you our Iced Tea and Iced Coffee with a nice slice of homemade banana bread.
Depending on the waves and weather we’ll choose the best snorkeling site for the day, preferably from a quiet beach. The bays we prefer to snorkel are Galisbay, Little Bay and Le Galion. We’ll take our snorkel equipment and go for a nice and refreshing snorkel off the beach.
Both our guides are trained dive professionals, they will make sure you are comfortable with the snorkel gear before heading off for some underwater sight seeing. Expect at least Sargent Majors, Blue Tang, Chromis, Trumpet Fish, Brain Coral, Sea Fans and more. We do NOT feed the fish, as regular feeding would harm the natural balance of the ecosystem.
As the tour continues around the island, your guide will tell you about St Martin’s history, nature and culture.[Order of the stops as described above might vary, depending on the snorkel site we choose.]
For an overview of which wildlife we’ll likely see on our tours, check out the What to Spot section. Go to our Facebook page to see current photos of our tours, and read what people say about our tours on Tripadvisor.
Have you done this tour with us already, and looking to do some hiking by yourself? Here a description of 4 of our favorite hikes on St Martin.