When your Caribbean cruise arrives in picturesque St. Maarten, your biggest concern will be deciding on what activity to do. You’ll have a bevy of possible activities to enjoy when you visit this tropical paradise. Whether you want to relax on a white sandy beach, hop into the sparkling water to cool off, or go on an unforgettable adventure on land, there’s an excursion just right for you. If you’re a first-time visitor to St. Maarten, check out this list of activities as you plan your cruise vacation.
1. Scuba Dive
From natural reefs to shipwrecks, St. Maarten delivers plenty of scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities. Experienced scuba divers can enjoy hour-long dives in St. Maarten’s sparkling waters that are rich with marine life. Whether you are swimming alongside a rainbow fish or exploring a shipwreck, an hour-long scuba dive will promise plenty of surprises.
Snorkeling opportunities are aplenty as well. Hop onboard a catamaran to a fantastic snorkeling spot off the coast of the island. You will encounter crystal clear waters as you explore a sunken submarine, shipwrecks and plenty of Caribbean Sea life.
If you aren’t quite ready to scuba, try snuba instead. This underwater adventure allows you to breathe underwater without the scuba equipment. During your snuba experience, you’ll get up close and personal with plenty of marine life, including lobsters, stingrays, parrotfish and coral.
4. Boat Tours
St. Maarten’s water is certainly inviting thanks to its aqua hue. Debark your cruise ship and explore the island by boat. These guided tour boats have comfortable seating, and some even have open bars. Or, if you prefer to explore on your own, you can rent a watercraft for a more personal adventure.
5. Plane Viewing
If you love aviation and want to soak up the sun, enjoy an unforgettable experience at St. Maarten’s Maho Beach. This beach sits adjacent to the Princess Julianna International Airport, which means planes take off and land just over the heads of sunbathing beachgoers. Watch low-altitude landings and powerful takeoffs from your lounge chair for a day at the beach like never before.
6. ATV or Bike Tour
Whether you want to off-road it on an ATV through the countryside or explore the heart of St. Maarten, you can find an excursion just for you. For adventure seekers, a guided ATV tour takes you across rough terrain and into the countryside before delivering you to a pristine beach.
Or, you can check out St. Maarten’s capital, Phillipsburg, on bike. During this tour, you can see historic buildings, including the courthouse, built in 1793. Get some exercise and view beautiful Phillipsburg. Brush up on your St. Maarten history on this bike tour, which is suitable for ages 13 and up.
7. Horseback Tour
You can also explore St. Maarten’s most scenic spots on horseback during your cruise vacation. You’ll start on a rocky coastal trail and then weave into a protected nature area. Expansive vistas will allow you to see neighboring islands like St. Barths. At the end of your journey, you and your horse will walk right into the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea to cool off.
St. Maarten is a must-visit cruise destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, crystal waters and countless activities for kids and adults. A Carnival cruise to St. Maarten allows you to disembark and explore, whether you want to relax on the beach or enjoy a little adventure on land or at sea.
Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.