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Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay

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    Stop At: Rhino Riders out to Creole Rock, 58 Welfare Road next to Pineapple Pete Restaurant, Simpson Bay St Martin / St Maarten

    You don’t need any experience to tame this beast! Captain your own vessel on St. Martin’s 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. Martin’s 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.

    Upon your arrival at the Rhino HQ, you’ll be welcomed by our enthusiastic staff who will outfit you with the latest safety equipment and snorkeling gear, followed by a quick and entertaining operational briefing to provide you with all the information necessary to have a safe and enjoyable Caribbean adventure.

    Once you’ve been assigned to your own user-friendly watercraft, our signature Rhino Rider, you will perform a few supervised test spins before following your guide out into the exotic waters of the Simpson Bay Lagoon

    The Adventure Begins, The Lagoon Crossing

    As you follow your guide through the Caribbean's largest lagoon, you’ll maneuver safely between hundreds of boat anchorages, cruising alongside the mega yachts of the Rich and Famous. Check out luxury vessels owned by the likes of Michael Kors, U2, the late Steve Jobs, and even catch a glimpse of the world’s top models sunbathing onboard Victoria Secret's "Limitless" mega yacht. As you take in these extravagant surroundings, jumbo jets will fly overhead, taking off from our iconic Princess Juliana International Airport and headed for the surrounding hills.

    Make your way beneath the Dutch causeway, crossing St Martin’s international border, and exit under the French bridge into the clear, sparkling turquoise of the Caribbean Sea. Then proceed forward to discover the tropical bay of the French capital of Marigot.

    Zooming Through The French Side

    The first site you will notice dominating Marigot’s skyline is Fort Louis perched on top of the hill, a French military fort built in 1789 in order to protect the warehouses of the city. At its feet is a marina that still carries the fort’s name, serving as a homeport for dozens of luxury sailboats and mega-yachts

    Further along in your St. Martin excursion is Gallis Bay, where the wrecked remains of an old steel cargo ship still lingers offshore, providing shelter to many species of Caribbean wildlife. Some days, you will also find the largest clipper sailboat in the world, the Stad Amsterdam, anchored in this bay. From there, hold on to your sunglasses and push the throttle to the max as you speed towards the next bay!

    Passing By Paradise

    As you skip and splash from bay to bay along the island’s coastline, you’ll be served panoramic views of the finest St. Martin beaches. Lover’s Beach, the smallest on the island, offers enough sand for just two souls on a same towel. Friars Bay, where locals party the night away during every full moon, also presents two locally-renowned reggae food shacks on its shore’s edge. Happy Bay, which is perhaps the most charming of all the island’s secluded beaches, features hills grazed by goats and shores lined with tall palm trees, making it the preferred spot for honeymooners.

    Pressing along to your final destination you will pass one of the island’s longest bays, unveiling the town of Grand Case, a small fisherman village that now serves as the restaurant capital of the Caribbean. You will have a memorable moment sliding your Rhino with ease through the waters of its bay and pulling close to discover the village shore.

    Take The Plunge

    Looking out at the horizon, you can see your the object of your journey, Creole Rock, which is a rock formation emerging from the water at the far end of the bay, as well as one of the finest snorkeling destinations in the Caribbean. Moor your Rhino to the guide’s boat, put on your mask and fins, and jump right into the crystal clear sea to meet the inhabitants of this aquatic paradise. Experience this colorful underwater world as you snorkel under the watchful supervision of your guide.

    Enjoy floating on warm tropical waters as the playful sergeant-major fish surround you, watch the colorful parrot fish having a feast among the coral, or look for the lobsters’ antennas peeping out of holes. Conchs, crabs, and starfish starfish can be found inhabiting the ocean floor, and if you are lucky enough, you can also spot stingrays, turtles, barracudas or even dolphins hopping around the surf.

    The entire formation and surrounding area is part of La Reserve Naturelle de St. Martin, a protected government marine park. Enjoy! If you're not a snorkeler, you can relax on the Rhino soaking up the sun rays, swim over to the rock and hit land, or enjoy a complimentary drink under the Caribbean sunshine while listening to one of your guides thousand anecdotes. With Rhino Safari, the Caribbean is at your fingertips.


    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Happy Bay Beach, Between Friars Bay and the Bay of Grand Case St Martin / St Maarten

    Once you’ve been assigned to your own user-friendly watercraft, our signature Rhino Rider, you will perform a few supervised test spins before following your guide out into the exotic waters of the Simpson Bay Lagoon

    The Adventure Begins, The Lagoon Crossing

    As you follow your guide through the Caribbean's largest lagoon, you’ll maneuver safely between hundreds of boat anchorages, cruising alongside the mega yachts of the Rich and Famous. Check out luxury vessels owned by the likes of Donald Trump, Michael Kors, U2, the late Steve Jobs, and even catch a glimpse of the world’s top models sunbathing onboard Victoria Secret's "Limitless" mega yacht. As you take in these extravagant surroundings, jumbo jets will fly overhead, taking off from our iconic Princess Juliana International Airport and headed for the surrounding hills.

    Make your way beneath the Dutch causeway, crossing St Martin’s international border, and exit under the French bridge into the clear, sparkling turquoise of the Caribbean Sea. Then proceed forward to discover the tropical bay of the French capital of Marigot.

    Zooming Through The French Side

    The first site you will notice dominating Marigot’s skyline is Fort Louis perched on top of the hill, a French military fort built in 1789 in order to protect the warehouses of the city. At its feet is a marina that still carries the fort’s name, serving as a homeport for dozens of luxury sailboats and mega-yachts

    Further along in your St. Martin excursion is Gallis Bay, where the wrecked remains of an old steel cargo ship still lingers offshore, providing shelter to many species of Caribbean wildlife. Some days, you will also find the largest clipper sailboat in the world, the Stad Amsterdam, anchored in this bay. From there, hold on to your sunglasses and push the throttle to the max as you speed towards the next bay!

    Paradise Found

    As you skip and splash from bay to bay along the island’s coastline, you’ll be served panoramic views of the finest St. Martin beaches. Lover’s Beach, the smallest on the island, offers enough sand for just two souls on a same towel. Friars Bay, where locals party the night away during every full moon, also presents two locally-renowned reggae food shacks on its shore’s edge.

    Gliding further on the crystalline water around the bay's corner appears Happy Bay, your beach destination. It is perhaps the most charming of all the island’s secluded beaches, featuring hills grazed by goats and shores lined with tall palm trees, making it the preferred spot for honeymooners. You will immediately understand why people don’t mind the treacherous hike it takes to get to this bay if they are not lucky enough to reach it by see like you did.

    As you approach the powdery golden sand beach, you will feel as if you are entering into a postcard. As soon as you moor your Rhinos to the guide boat, you will immediately have the urge to jump into the transparent, crystalline water and swim to shore. Stroll the beach, lie under a palm tree, build a sandcastle, or even snorkel off the northern side off the hill's cliff during our tour’s 40 minute break. But most of all, fall in love with the magical appeal of

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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Rhino Safari, Welfare Rd, Cole Bay, Sint Maarten
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Local guide
    • Use of Rhino Rider
    • Use of snorkel equipment and noodles
    • Use of life jacket
    • Fuel
    • Bottled water or soda on the watercraft
    • Entry/Admission - Rhino Riders out to Creole Rock
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Marine park fee (approx US$5)
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    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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews rhino safari creole rock a lot of fun happy bay fish wear sunglasses an adventure snorkeling area safety rules fun driving site seeing beautiful views of st awesome experience snorkel spot simpson bay mega yachts staff was very friendly
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    Reviewed yesterday

    It was a great way to see the island of St. Maartens, it was sad to see all of the unken & damaged boats from the effect of the hurricane. The boats were fun to drive and happy bay is a beautiful beach.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Blyndsayb
    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    My husband and I spent a week on the Dutch side of the island and decided to do this tour and it was the best thing we did. Shawn was our tour guide and he was the absolute best. After the snorkeling he took us...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank IslandTravlr0515
    Reviewed 4 days ago

    We booked this as a treat during our Anniversary trip, and we were NOT disappointed. I looked around at a few places on the island that offered snorkeling trips, but the reviews here were the best. Our guide, Sean, was friendly and knowledgeable, spending some...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank ShannonWatts
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    Really enjoyed being out on the water in control of your own boat. Had a great time zipping around on the water. The guides were great. This definitely was a unique and great experience. Would recommend this tour if you want to break from traditional...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank MrRickC
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    We had a great time on this excursion. The guides were friendly and helpful. Highly reccomend them. We loved the boats and the time to swim/snorkle at the destination.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Pamela F
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    Response from SeavootsSkivoots | Reviewed this property |
    No, you need 2 boats, which is what we did... $75 per adult $50 per child ... PER BOAT
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    Response from suemargeson | Reviewed this property |
    It is a 15 minute car ride from the ship port dock on the Dutch side. Well worth the dive.
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