Explorer Cruise & Grand Island Drive

  • Port

    Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 hours

  • Meals Included


Board comfortable transportation for a short, scenic drive along the coast to board the Explorer custom party boat. This double-decker vessel features both open-air and protected decks, a live calypso singer and amenities, including rum punch and ice-cold beers or soft drinks.

Enjoy first-class views of the waterway and coastline along Simpson Bay, passing luxury villas, multi-million-dollar yachts and breathtaking views while your captain offers commentary on all that you see.

Next make your way to the capital city, Marigot, which has a French joie de vivre all its own. Colonial houses, sidewalk cafés, bistros, pastry shops and quaint stores are reminiscent of a French market town. There is an upscale shopping area with luxury boutiques at the foot of Fort St Louis, and near the harbor you will find the Marina Port la Royale, which has clothing from the latest European designers, as well as fine jewelry. Because the city is only four streets wide, it is easy to get around and to experience all it has to offer. Remember, all items are tax- and duty-free and you will most likely be quoted prices in American dollars, which makes shopping a breeze.

With shopping bags in hand, board comfortable land transportation for a narrated drive across the island. Along the way you will pass the quaint fishing village of Grand Case, known as the gourmet capital of the Caribbean, the sweeping vistas of Orient Bay, and the authentic atmosphere of the French Quarter before arriving back at the ship.


Wear sunscreen; bring a hat. Minimum age is 5 years. Tour may operate in reverse order.