French Connection See & Sea

  • Port

    Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD

    Price between $0-$50
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3½ hours

  • Meals Included

    No

This 3½-hour tour combines the best of St Martin, on land and beneath the ocean's surface. The accent is very much on cosmopolitan French St Martin, a picturesque section of this two-nation island. Adding to its allure is its reputation as the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.

You'll leave Philipsburg, on the Dutch side of the island, and drive up the east coast to the second-largest town in St Martin, Grand Case -- a quaint, unspoiled fishing village surrounded by an idyllic bay.

At Grand Case Pier, board the SeaWorld Explorer semi-submarine for a 45-minute narrated tour of the coral reefs surrounding Creole Rock. SeaWorld Explorer is a state-of-the-art semi-sub developed in Australia for use on the Great Barrier Reef. The vessel does not submerge; you descend into the hull of the boat and sit in air-conditioned comfort five feet below the surface of the water, exploring sea life in this cruising underwater observatory through clear glass windows. The highlight of this portion of the trip is when schools of rainbow colored fish surround a diver right in front of your window. A knowledgeable marine expert will provide you with information on the amazing underwater world, and will be happy to answer your questions. On the return trip back to shore, relax and enjoy the magnificent view of Grand Case Bay and Creole Rock.

Your tour continues to the French capital of Marigot, where you will have free time to explore this attractive port city with its sidewalk cafés, open-air market and duty-free shops.

Time permitting, you'll stop at Orient Bay Lookout for a magnificent view of the east coast and nearby islands, or at Cole Bay Lookout on the west coast from where you can see the Simpson Bay Lagoon and the neighboring islands of Anguilla, Saba, St Eustatius, St Kitts and Nevis.