St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing With Shopping - Philipsburg

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    Near the St Maarten cruise ship pier in Philipsburg. Exact location will appear on your voucher.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This tour is all about St. Maarten's history, sightseeing, and shopping. There is no better way to experience this beautiful Island than on this 4-5 hour tour. Visit both the Dutch and French sides of the island, passing through several towns including Philipsburg, Indigo bay, Simpson Bay, Cole Bay Hill and theFrench capital Marigot. Enjoy shopping at the mall and flea market, sightseeing, walking around, snacking, and lunch.There is no swimming involved on this tour. You willhead back to theship at the end of this wonderful day.


  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Treat a loved one on a special occasion
  • Free drinks included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide

Know More about this tour

Pass through Philipsburg and up to Divi Little Bay Hill where great views of Philipsburg can be seen. Your next stop will be overlooking Indigo Bay, Cole Bay and Simpson Bay. Then continue on to a 30-minute photo stop at Maho (Sunset) beach which ends where the runway of St. Maartens International Airport begins and where some of the largest commercial aircraft come in to land.

Continue on to Marigot for some local shopping and while there you may visit the West Indies Shopping Mall, the Local Creole Restaurants and don't forget, those fabulous French pastries at Sarafinas. Next on to Harbor View Point overlooking Orient Beach, then cross through the border line to head back to Philipsburg where the talk of the town is shopping for approximately one hour. Finally with a wonderful day on the Island behind you, head back to the ship with lots of memories, shopping, laughter and plans on the next trip back to the island.


Air Conditioned Van

Complimentary drinks

Fully Insured

Driver/ Tour Guide

Group tour


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Adult pricing applies to all travelers (no partiality)

Minimum drinking age 18 years old

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

Participants are solely responsible for their medical conditions (or conditions they are in) and choice of choosing to go on these tours (or conditions and expenses resulting from being on the tours) or any of our services provided. Please use wisdom according to your situation as you best know what you can or cannot do.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 14-Oct-2019

    We visited St.Maarten on 9-14-19 and booked a private tour through Diederick SXM tours. After some confusion caused by the cruise port terminal personnel on where to actually meet our tour guide, once we found the correct meeting spot, things went great from there..
    Our driver had a cooler full of local beers as well as some great rum punch. Our driver did an excellent job and gave us a fantastic complete tour of the island. At the end of the tour the driver took us right back to the cruise terminal in plenty of time to get back on the ship.

  • 08-Jan-2019

    The tour guys are very friendly , patiently and knowledgeable.Recommended!Good good good!!Why do you require us to write 100 wording???

  • 16-May-2018

    This tour gave us great insight into the island's past, present post-hurricanes, and gave us hope for the future of St Maarten. The island was devastated by the hurricanes, but the spirit of the people was strong. Our guide was incredible - we ended up being the only two on the tour, and he made sure we enjoyed and learned as much as we could. We didn't just see statues - but Paul explained who the people were and why they are important. We saw all the typical tourist sights while getting more details about the island itself than expected. I definitely recommend - it was a great experience and allowed us to give back to an island in need, and definitely touched us in ways we will keep with us. I look forward to returning in a year and taking this tour again to see how the island has recovered further.
    Thanks for the incredible experience.

  • 05-Feb-2018

    Our tour guide Paul was great! A local who had first hand knowledge of the devastation from the recent Hurricanes that hit the island. Heartbreaking to see and hear of what they have gone through. He was very informative though. Great tour.

  • 03-Jun-2017

    Great tour of St. Maarten. Exactly as advertised. Perfect for seeing the whole island in a short period of time. Plenty of time for souvenier shopping and having something to eat. Would absolutely recommend it.

  • 18-Apr-2017

    Paul, our guide, was very accommodating. He showed us many interesting areas around the island.

  • 18-Apr-2017

    Paul, our guide, was very accommodating. He showed us many interesting areas around the island.

  • 16-Mar-2017

    Wish I had taken a ship tour. Our guide Paul was bias against the French, something he should have kept to himself. We were told shipping at the ship was much better and cheaper than other the French section of the Island. Trouble is, he didn't get us back to the ship area in enough time to shop. We had to rush to make our all aboard time.
    One couple on the group of 6 was constantly late after stops. Had it been impressed on them to be on time, we may have had more free time at the dock shopping.
    Before departing for the tour, Paul was told to have us back by 2 pm. all aboard was 2:30 We got back at 2:20. In total, 4 of us sat in the van for 20 minutes waiting for 2 other travelers who couldn't have cared less as their ship all aboard wasn't till 5 pm.

  • 13-Mar-2017

    Great guide and tour. Were able to go to both sides. Would rather have more time at Maho beach and less time in Marigot or Philipsburg. Maho beach was the most fun. Ate lobster in Marigot and was ok but nothing special at Rosemary's. Would take a pass on that.

  • 22-Feb-2017

    The tour was exactly as described. There were only 4 of us and the driver Roland gave us an experience we will never forget. We learned the history of the two nations and more. We loved the planes over Mahoney beach, the pastries at Sarahfinas apple tart is a must! Bring cash they don't take cards. and shopping in Philipsburg. Roland walked us a short distance into the heart of the town and gave us a time to meet back. We explored Philipsburg stopping at the Guavaberry Emporium where we sampled and bought this local liquor. We really got the flavor of this beautiful island thanx to this tour. We highly recommend this!

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