St Maarten Bird-Watching Tour - Philipsburg

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During this small group tour (6 guests maximum) your bird-watching tour guide will show you the best bird watching sites in St. Maarten. You'll see both fresh and salt water ponds, and rocky and sandy coastlines ideal for viewing shore and wading birds. Also land birds endemic to the Lesser Antilles will be seen in trees, shrubs and urban areas. There are migratory birds from Autumn through to Spring.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Free snacks included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Starting next to the cruise ship port in Philipsburg, your knowledgeable birding guide will take you to several saltwater and freshwater ponds for bird watching and will point out special birds on the way. With your complimentary notepad and pen, you can document all of your sightings. There will be a spotting scope available for long distance viewing.

During this tour there's a stop for iced tea or coffee, and a piece of homemade banana bread.
Often guests will see at least 30 species including 6-10 endemic ones. From spring through to fall also migratory birds can be spotted.

This tour takes 3.5 hours and starts at 8.30 am. Free pick up from hotels in Oyster Pond and Philipsburg. Great for cruise visitors as well, if you have any concerns regarding timing, read below.

FAQ from cruise ship guests concerning timing:
My ship arrives later than 8 am, can I do a tour with you?
Yes, when making a reservation please let us know what time your ship is scheduled to dock. If its later than 8 am we will adjust the starting time of our tour so well be able to accommodate you.

Will I make it in time to your meeting point?
If your ship is docking half an hour prior to our starting time, then you will make it to our meeting point at Dock Maarten. Usually ships arrive at 8 am, so youll be in time for our 8.30 am start. Sometimes ships dont announce very clearly that you can get off the ship, just proceed to the deck where you can disembark and youll see youll be let go.

Then also: dont worry if the ship is not letting you off immediately. We know the ships in port, we know youre on it, youve paid for your tour, so we wait till you get to our meeting point. Well start the tour when you get there, youll still get the full tour even if youre half an hour late.

Will the tour be back in time for my cruise ship?
We have returned 100% of our cruise ship guests back to the ship on time. We're in business since 2014.

Inclusions for St Maarten Bird-Watching Tour

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (from Oyster Pond and Philipsburg hotels only)
  • Driver/local guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Bottled water, iced tea and coffee
  • Homemade cake
  • Notepad with pen
  • Use of binoculars

Exclusions for St Maarten Bird-Watching Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Operated by a multi-lingual guide

A small amount of walking is involved

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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3 Traveler Reviews

  • Bird tour was well organized and worth the time and cost! Highly recommended.

  • This excursion was excellent! Ilja is knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend for any bird watcher, novice to expert.

  • Getting to bird on this island was the best experience. This was our first birding tour on a Carribean island. Our guide knew her island very well and showed us many areas. The time allotted was just right for us. Seeing birds that are common to South Texas on this island reinforces the fact that birds know no boundaries. Great day!
    B. Whelton

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