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Pinel Island

Pinel Island

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The Basics

Pinel Island is one of St. Maarten’s best-kept secrets and a favorite snorkeling spot. Travelers can visit independently or explore Pinel island as part of tour that might include the island with other coastal stops such as Creole Rock or Tintamarre Island for relaxing, snorkeling, and swimming with sea turtles.

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Visit Pinel island by kayak
Visit Pinel island by kayak
$74.95 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fabulous! Great people to deal...
Fabulous! Great people to deal with! Island is beautiful! Nice trip with out difficulty
John C O, Feb 2016

Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Case

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Amazing day boating & exploring the island
Julie_K, Jul 2021
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
Exhilarating and yet relaxing day of boating, swimming and sunshine. Marit and Nicholi were great co captains… navigating the big waves, serving up ice cold drinks and wonderful hospitality! We enjoyed the local culture eating lunch at a beachside restaurant.
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A Beautiful Day
Heather_C, Jun 2021
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
We had a wonderful time exploring the natural beauty of the area. Sammy and Marit were welcoming and enjoyable guides and very accommodating to everyone’s needs. Would definitely do it again.
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Wonderful experience. Must do!
Anil_K, Sep 2019
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
It was a fantastic experience . Boat was new and very clean. Experienced, courteous and knowledgeable staff. Covered all the places they mentioned well in time. Can do a little better in lunch menu selection but overall a great experience m
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Boat tour
Robert_T, Apr 2019
St Maarten Motorboat Cruise: Long Bay, Creole Rock and Tintamarre Island
Roy and the young guy ( that was his first day on duty - i didn't remember his name) were very helpful and friendly. I would recommend this tour.
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6 hours of blast
Yulia_L, Apr 2019
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
The best excursion. Out group had a blast. Boat was clean and beautiful. Captain played exciting music.We saw such an amazing beaches. they took us to snorkel where you can see a lot of fish. Highly recommend this trip. You won't regret.
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The Best
BobE, Mar 2020
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
Best day on SXM. Daniel and his gorgeous assistant did a wonderful job keeping us all entertained. Would highly recommend the day trip to anyone seeking great fun, and snorkeling as well. Thank you so much.
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Great day on the water!
Joshua_S, Jan 2020
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
Boi and Diana were incredible guides and really provided an unforgettable experience. The snorkeling was great and they were very knowledgeable and fun people to be around. I highly recommend this excursion!! 6 hours of pure fun and enjoyment.
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Cruise ship excursion
Jan_D, Oct 2019
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
This was possibly one of the best tours we have ever taken. We have been to most islands in the Caribbean and this was the last one we had not visited. Our captains Anthony and Gregory were amazing and very informative. Snorkeling at three different stops, lunch and Maho Beach were just some of the highlights. I strongly recommend this tour !!!
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Lanie and Reddick were amazing!!
Shannon G, Jun 2019
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
Such a great cruise excursion. 4-5 stops. Lunch. Refreshments. Snorkeling gear. Real world island stories. Exceeded expectations. Family of 6 had a great time.
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Fast and Diverse
Odyssey651298, Jun 2019
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
I had a great time on this excursion. The boat was in beautiful condition and we flew through the water to get to our first destination, which was a beautiful beach. Snorkeled there and saw several sea turtles. Then we motored to a lovely lunch spot and from there on to a snorkeling location filled with lots of fish. The captain and his co-captain were charming. A great day!!
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Fantastic experience!
Corey_K, Apr 2019
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
The tour operator exceeded our expectations. They were well organized and on time. The small group setting made for a much better experience than the cruise-affiliated excursions. We spent more time in the water rather than herding a big group of people on a boat. The captain was excellent and pointed out interesting sites and homes along the way. We would definitely recommend this attraction!
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Wonderful day with Capt Russell and Giam
Robyn B, Jul 2019
Speed Boat & Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS
My husband, daughter, and I had a fantastic day cruising around St. Maarten with Robinson Tours, the best excursion of our trip to the Caribbean! Capt Russell and Giam were super friendly, shared a lot of information on St. Maarten, and took us to several absolutely beautiful spots to enjoy both the beaches, water, and sea life including several sea turtles and rays. We were part of a cruise, so Capt Russell ensured we were back to shore with time to get back to our ship. A perfect day, we would most definitely recommend this excursion and would book with Robinson, and Viator, again!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A trip to Pinel Island is suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families who want to get away from it all.

  • Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, food and drinks, use of snorkeling equipment, towels, and guides. Check tours for specific details.

  • Remember to bring sun protection, swimwear, and a towel.

  • The island has two restaurants, both with plenty of fresh seafood.

  • No cars are allowed on island.

  • Bring cash or credit cards; there is no ATM on the island.

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How to Get There

Pinel Island is just off the west coast of St. Martin, easily accessible by ferry boat, kayak, or paddle board. Take a taxi or drive to French Cul de Sac, just across from the island where you can rent snorkeling gear and watersports equipment. The ferry boats run frequently during the day and take about 5 minutes to reach the islands.

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When to Get There

Popular with locals, the island is more crowded on weekends. Visit St. Maarten in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall to find fewer crowds and cheaper rates, with rain less likely. The weather is pleasant year-round, with summer being the hottest. Humpback whales can be observed from February to June.

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A Hidden Beach

Walk to the ocean side of Pinel Island to get away from the merrymaking crowds. Follow a path behind Le Karibuni bar that leads up and over the top of the hill to reach a quiet and isolated beach where seashells wash up on the shore.

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