Self-Drive Boat Tour And Snorkel From Simpson Bay - Philipsburg

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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:30am or 1:30pm (select your time when booking); you must arrive and check in 30 minutes prior to departure time
  • Departure Details :
    Rhino Safari, 58 Welfare Rd, Cole Bay, Sint Maarten
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


You dont need any experience to tame this beast! Captain your own vessel on St. Martins original, multi-award winning, interactive tour. Get ready for the thrill of a lifetime riding on a Rhino - our safe and sturdy signature watercraft, designed to be tons of fun for riders of any age or experience level. Follow your guide along St. Martins sparkling coastline to one of our two exotic destinations. Get a taste of Caribbean wildlife while snorkeling at Creole Rock marine park or soak up the sun on the secluded beaches of Happy Bay.

*Please note: in order to book multiple boats, you will need to make separate bookings.

Happy riding!


Family friendly

Snorkel gear included

Know More about this tour

Arrive at the local tour operators office at Simpson Bay 30 minutes before your selected departure time to check in and listen to a safety briefing. Then grab your provided snorkeling gear and life jacket, and head to your personal watercraft a 10-foot (3-meter), 3-person inflatable boat called a Rhino.

If youre driving, hop in the front seat and grab the wheel; if youre the passenger, sit behind the driver and hold on to the side handles. Warm up the engine and familiarize yourself with the throttle, which controls your speed. Pose for a photo that you can purchase later, if you wish, and then begin your trip through Simpson Bay Lagoon, following your guide toward the open sea.

Admire rows of sleek yachts docked in the marina, and cross under the bridge that takes you from the Dutch side of the island, St Maarten, to the French side, St-Martin. When you reach the open sea, zoom toward Creole Rock, which lies off the islands northwestern coast and is part of a protected marine park.

Pass by Lovers Beach, Happy Bay and Grand Case on your way to Creole Rock. Follow your guide's lead to anchor your boat, then jump in the water. You have 30 to 45 minutes to snorkel around the rocky island, looking for marine life like sea turtles, rays and reef fish, or you can grab a noodle from your guide and just float. Drinks are also provided.

After snorkeling and swimming, head back to your starting point, where your tour ends. You can look over your photo and purchase drinks or snacks, if you wish.


Local guide

Use of Rhino Rider

Use of snorkel equipment and noodles

Use of life jacket


Bottled water or soda on the watercraft

Entry/Admission - Rhino Riders out to Creole Rock



Hotel pickup and drop-off

Marine park fee (approx US$6)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Must be 18 years old to drive the watercraft or have a valid license

Valuables and any belongings you don't want to get wet can be stored with the local tour operator; the watercraft does not have a dry compartment

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers

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  • 08-Nov-2022

    Had a blast riding these powerful watercraft all the way up the coast before snorkeling in beautiful waters off a soft sand beach. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable as our group felt very safe the entire trip.

  • 27-Oct-2022

    Great tour, had a fantastic time. The boats and equipment in very good shape, clear instructions and a very professional and friendly staff.

  • 26-Oct-2022

    Great tour! Friendly tour guide that was very knowledgeable about the area and he brought us to the most beautiful spots on the island. Boats have good power and are really fun to drive, and the snorkeling around creole rock is stunning

  • 21-Oct-2022

    This is a must do when you visit St Maarten! Wonderful staff and amazing sights. The boat is easy to handle and really fun to be out there on the gorgeous Caribbean! Snorkeling was great!!

  • 18-Oct-2022

    I loved this experience! There are 2 trips, one to Creole Island for snorkelling and one to Happy beach for a swim. Both are fabulous. The emphasis is on firstly on safety then on having a good time, which with boating is an absolute must. I particularly liked the attention to ensuring all are safe.Then once the safely side is covered the emphasis is on enjoying the experience. The boats are in good condition and are quite fast. My partner & I were so impressed with the first snorkelling trip that we returned to do the beach trip. Fabulous and well run. Thanks to all.

  • 16-Oct-2022

    Love love love it ! Must do experience when coming to at marteen. Awesome guides. Felt great exploring the island in our own mini boat

  • 24-Sep-2022

    Loved, loved, loved this excursion. It was so amazing. I was scared at first (always a chicken) but once I got used to it, I did not want to get off. The snorkeling was AMAZING. Loved every bit of this excursion. We will definitely do it again once we’re in St. Maarten again.

  • 11-Sep-2022

    I can not say enough about this excursion. We loved it. The check in was smooth and friendly and we were given a safety speech and then put on our boat. After getting a feel for it we were off with a guide, around 8-10 other boats and another employee taking pictures and bringing up the rear. A boat in our group had trouble and both guides were immediately on top of it to make sure they were up and running and not left. We saw some gorgeous scenery on the way to Creole Rock to snorkel. Don't worry about getting back on the Rhino Riders from the water. If you have trouble like I did, they help you on with no problems. On the way back we encountered a storm and rough water, which was no fault of theirs. It was Hurricane season and you get what you get. They made sure we were all together and making it back safely. When we got back we were able to view our pictures and pay $20 for all of them. I had them emailed to me and they were in my inbox with in 24 hours. I would totally recommend this tour.

  • 02-Sep-2022

    This was an amazing activity. Our guides Issaia and Omar were amazing. We had so much fun riding the boat. The snorkeling was great. Wish we had more time at the snorkel spot.

  • 27-Aug-2022

    The boats are fun but we went to Happy beach were clothing is optional so there are people on the beach that were nude and there were children in our group Also they make it sound like a great snorkel excursion they gave us only ten minutes to jump in the water and where we were the underwater sea life wasn’t great.

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