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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkel Trip

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Explore Creole Rock on this half-day snorkeling excursion from St Martin. Float on the tranquil waters among vibrant displays of coral and schools of tropical fish, and keep an eye out for the rare frogfish. Sip complimentary beverages and snack on French baguettes and cheese provided by your professional crew.
  • Half day trip to Sand Dollar from St. Martin
  • Sightseeing, snorkeling and swimming
  • Diverse marine life including the rare frogfish
  • Snacks, refreshments and beer
  • Port fees included for quick and easy access to the catamaran on travel day
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Professional crew
Beer, water and soda
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Bread and cheese snack
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Billy Folly Road, 37, Simpson Bay, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

We are located on the Marina of the Simpson Bay Resort in Pelican. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please arrive 30 minutes before departure time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to Simpson Bay and board the Sand Dollar with Captain Junior at the helm. Be sure to bring along a towel and swim suit, as well as sunscreen and a hat to protect you from the hot St Maarten sun while snorkeling. Sand Dollar is a custom built 28 foot power boat with a canopy for shade.

Trips start with the boat gliding into the lagoon. Find a space on the deck and relax, grab a cold soda, a beer or some French cheese on a crusty baguette while viewing the picturesque coastline as you sail out towards Creole Rock, about a mile offshore.

Creole Rock is an unusual rock formation with a reef extending out towards the shore, whose calm, shallow waters make for excellent snorkeling and diving. When Captain Junior moors the boat, slip on your provided snorkel, fins and mask and jump in. Feel free to ask the captain and crew any questions about the surrounding environment or get a few pointers on snorkeling. 

View the surrounding rock formations as tropical reef fish dart in and out of their hiding places. Be on the lookout for barracuda, pufferfish and the rare frogfish. 

Non-swimmers are always welcome to take the scenic boat ride with beautiful views of neighboring Anguilla. Divers are also welcome to join this excursion, but must indicate in advance. 

After approximately 3 hours, Captain Junior will return you safely to shore at Simpson Bay.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 3 and under
  • Check in is 20-30 minutes prior to departure time
  • Cruise through the lagoon up to the reef at Creole Rock in Grand Case, on the French side. The ride is about 40 minutes.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Should know how to swim & be comfortable in the water
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Aqua Mania Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkel Trip?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkel Trip.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkel Trip?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkel Trip.

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Totally worth it
, Dec 2021
It was nice to be on the water with a small group. The tour guide was great. Had the opportunity to swim in the Caribbean sea. It was an awesome experience.
Great time
, May 2021
The weather is always good in the islands but it’s rougher at times so the water is not as clear and the ride is rougher. Such was the case on our visit but it was a great time. I had my adult granddaughter who had never been snorkeling in the islands and she was blown away. Captain Roy and Delroy make a great team. Helpful and entertaining. Thoroughly enjoying.
Creole rock
, Jan 2020
Trip was the perfect length. Information provided by our guide was fun and useful. Saw plenty of different fish but this is not a trip for you if you need to see turtles
So sad
, Jun 2019
For unforeseen reasons? they cancelled on us for no reason after we had traveled to check in point and called to confirm! Left us with no excursion in St Martan, Knew it was too good to be true!
It was a nice trip, but not quite as...
, Aug 2016
It was a nice trip, but not quite as described in the advertisement. There is no 'catamaran', there is no 'gliding through the lagoon' and we never met 'Captain Alex.' Quite the contrary, you are whisked away in a speedboat to the destination, time to snorkel, then return. Good point is if you're not interested in the catamaran's leisurely round trip, you'll love it since you will have more time to snorkel. My wife and I enjoy snorkeling, but after an hour, we are worn out. It is a nice quick trip I would recommend, but be sure you reread my second sentence and ensure you're okay with all the deviations from what is being marketed.
Nice boat trip out to the snorkeling...
Alan D
, Oct 2015
Nice boat trip out to the snorkeling spot, snorkeling was decent nothing great or terrible.
super trip...Roy a super boat...
Robert B
, May 2015
super trip...Roy a super boat captain.....good snorkling
The tour we took was fun. However...
, Feb 2014
The tour we took was fun. However, it was not what we had booked and paid for. We were the only people booked for our tour so they moved us to a tour that went the same place but instead of my husband and myself being on a boat together, I rode with the leader and my husband was by himself on a jet ski. I booked for the boat for ease of entry and exit from the water to snorkel. I enjoyed the trip we did, but I did not like the choice being made for me. I would have preferred to be notified in advance so I could have chosen whether to keep or do something different.
The trip was fine and the snorkeling...
Debra S
, Jan 2014
The trip was fine and the snorkeling was gorgeous. The length of time was just right for first-time snorkelers. But the hard thing was finding the place. We couldn't find the tour operator without a lot of stopping for directions. The other people scheduled for the tour never did find it, according to the woman who gave us forms to sign. Also our one-man crew was pretty taciturn and not much of a naturalist. And you might want to tuck a granola bar in your beach bag since the food is available only as you are heading back to port and you might feel hungry mid-snorkel. All in all, it was fun, just sort of the snorkeling equivalent of a starter home.
Do to windy conditions and a larger...
Paul S
, Dec 2013
Do to windy conditions and a larger group we had to take the long way around to get to the snorkel spot which shortened our stay but that was not anyone's fault. Was a great boat ride and sight seeing.

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