Birding Tour St Maarten – St Martin: The Birds

Our Birds

Whichever month we’re in, there will always be birds to see and interesting phenomena taking place on St Maarten and St Martin: in summer we’ll have our resident birds breeding and during the rest of the year 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 4 hour ( and possibly plus) tour we’ll visit at least one salt pond, one fresh pond, a bushy area 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 7.45 am or 8.30 am.

Our tours are with a maximum of 6 guests and in an air conditioned vehicle.

For more info on the birds of St Maarten/ St Martin check out our Birdwatching section.

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Several mornings each week

Starting Point:
Dock Maarten in Philipsburg How to get there?

Shore excursion – Coming by cruise ship?

Starts at 8.30 am or 7.45 am, takes 4 hours and up

Adult $99, Child up to 12 yrs $79

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, hiking sandals or sports shoes are great. And of course: bring your binoculars! You can also use one of ours, we have nice and clear 8×40 Olympuses.

Included in this trip:
Our knowledgeable guide, drinks and snack. We’ll have cold water, iced tea and iced coffee with a piece of our
homemade banana bread
Park fee for St Martin’s Reserve Naturelle, the use of our binoculars, spotting scope and rain coats (on a rare occasion).

Specific Bird Species:
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. 

For the latest sightings check out sightings on, look up both
Sint Maarten and Saint Martin.

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