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Downtown Philipsburg Beach & Shopping Experience

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

You take a short water taxi ride to the Great Bay Boardwalk in the heart of Philipsburg, capital of Dutch Sint Maarten.  The Boardwalk, lining the large crescent-shaped beach, is your ultimate destination for an exciting variety of activities : watersports, shopping, bars & restaurants, etc.  Important landmarks + the museum are within walking distance.  Upon arrival at the beach you’ll have a lounge chair, umbrella and a refreshingly cold 6-pack bucket of soda’s, water and/or beers awaiting you.  Soak up the Caribbean sun and swim to your heart’s content, you deserve it …
Freshwater rinse and restroom facilities are available.
Your tour wristband allows use of the water taxi services freely back and forth throughout the entire day.

RATE

Philipsburg Shopping Experience

$35per person
Incl. lounge chair, umbrella, 6-pack bucket of cold beverages

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CHECK-IN

daily @ 9 AM and 1 PM @ the Philipsburg Cruise Terminal
Please contact us in case of special request for alternative tour time.
Tel. : 1-721-55-68484
E-mail : bluebubblessxm@caribserve.net

DURATION

3 1/2 hours

WHAT TO BRING

– You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
– Towel (available onboard the ship)
– Sun protection
– Camera

WHAT TO WEAR

Please wear swimsuit underneath your clothing.

Sunset Beach Getaway

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Highlights :

* island tour by airconditioned van
* browsing/shopping time in Marigot
* stop at Sunset Beach Bar at Maho Bay

The itinerary takes you full circle around the island from and to Philipsburg.
You pass Oyster Pond and Quartier d’Orleans and then enjoy a brief stop at Orient Bay.  You continue through Grand Case on to Marigot, capital of French Saint-Martin, for your second stop, at the colorful market and fashionable boutiques.
Coming up next is Sunset Beach/Maho, St. Maarten’s #1 beach, with spectacular overhead jet landings and opportunity to swim.
Via the Cole Bay Hill with breathtaking scenery and great photo ops you return to downtown Philipsburg.
You can choose to return directly to your ship or take advantage of the shopping and Boardwalk areas nearby.  If you opt to be dropped off in town, you can return to the ship via water taxi or a short and pleasant walk at your leisure.

RATE

Sunset Beach Getaway

$55per person
Incl. welcome drink at the beach



CHECK-IN

daily @ 9 AM @ the Philipsburg Cruise Terminal
Please contact us in case of special request for alternative tour time.
Tel. : 1-721-55-68484
E-mail : bluebubblessxm@caribserve.net

DURATION

4 hours

NOTES
Airconditioned 6-, 10- & 14-seater vans are available.
This is not a private tour.


WHAT TO BRING

– You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
– Towel (available onboard the ship)
– Sun protection
– Camera

WHAT TO WEAR

Please wear swimsuit underneath your clothing.

RESTRICTIONS

Minimum Age : 6 years

Quad ATV Adventure

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Highlights :
* sample the ATV experience
* enjoy sand gravity and swimming opportunity at Orient Bay
* lunch at Grand Case
* browsing/shopping time in Marigot
* stop at Sunset Beach Bar at Maho Bay
The itinerary takes you from the Cruise Terminal in Philipsburg via Oyster Pond and Quartier d’Orleans to popular Orient Bay in French Saint-Martin for your first beach stop.
Next, at Grand Case, the gourmet capital of the Caribbean, you’re treated to a fingerlicking island BBQ lunch.
You’ll then move on to Marigot, capital of French Saint-Martin, with its colorful market and fashionable boutiques.
Coming up next is Sunset Beach/Maho, St. Maarten’s #1 beach, with spectacular overhead jet landings.
Via the Cole Bay Hill with breathtaking scenery and great photo ops you return to downtown Philipsburg, where you have access to an array of watersports activities at an extra cost.

RATE

Single rider

$175per person
Incl. BBQ lunch & refreshments with lunch and throughout this excursion’s itinerary

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double rider

$225per person
Incl. BBQ lunch & refreshments with lunch and throughout this excursion’s itinerary

CHECK-IN

daily @ 9 AM @ the Philipsburg Cruise Terminal
Please contact us in case of special request for alternative tour time.
Tel. : 1-721-55-68484
E-mail : bluebubblessxm@caribserve.net

DURATION

4 hours

NOTES

All 4-Wheelers are 2012 model, with automatic transmission.
You must be 18 to drive an ATV – please bring your driver’s license.


WHAT TO BRING

– You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
– Towel (available onboard the ship)
– Valid driver’s license to drive
– Sun protection
– Camera

WHAT TO WEAR

Please wear swimsuit underneath your clothing.

RESTRICTIONS

Pregnant women cannot participate, nor guests with heart or back problems.
Maximum weight per ATV is 450 pounds.
Minimum Age : 6 years

4×4 Jeep Safari

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

This 4×4 tour visits many of the highlights of St. Maarten including several scenic lookouts, Marigot and the beach for a swim or rest. This is a great way to spend your day on St. Maarten. – Highlights: Enjoy the thrill of driving a 4×4 through St. Maarten. Explore / shop in the French capital of Marigot. Take a refreshing swim at Mullet Bay Beach.

This excursion experience provides the adventurous with an opportunity to get away from the crowds and enjoy wonderful views of incredible St. Maarten and neighboring islands from vantage points not normally accessible. The 4×4 convoy will explore several locations including the famous gourmet paradise at Grand Case and the scenic lookout at Cole Bay Hill. There are beautiful views of the Simpson Bay Lagoon and neighboring islands.

Explore the shops, markets and restaurants in the French capital of Marigot before the caravan proceeds to a wonderful pristine white sandy Caribbean beach facility. A stop off at Mullet Bay Beach will allow you to enjoy a refreshing swim in the Caribbean waters and the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beach before returning to the cruise pier.

RATE
Safari Jeep Deluxe

$75per person
US$ 75 per person (adults & children)

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Important : There is a maximum of 4 persons per jeep. However, families or groups of 3 or less might be grouped in a jeep with others.
Incl. BBQ lunch & refreshments with lunch and throughout this excursion’s itinerary.


CHECK-IN

daily @ 9 AM @ the Philipsburg Cruise Terminal
Please contact us in case of special request for alternative tour time.
Tel. : 1-721-55-68484
E-mail : bluebubblessxm@caribserve.net

DURATION

3 1/2 hours

NOTES
All Jeeps (2012 model !!!) are 4-door, convertible & equipped with A/C.  Vehicles have automatic transmission.
Drivers must be 21 years old and have a valid license.


WHAT TO BRING

– You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
– Towel (available onboard the ship)
– Valid driver’s license to drive
– Sun protection
– Camera

WHAT TO WEAR

Please wear swimsuit underneath your clothing.

RESTRICTIONS

Minimum Age : 3 years

St. Maarten Snorkeling

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A FREE snorkel, sn-uba & scuba demo is offered at the following resort pool :

Oyster Bay Beach Resort
weekly on SUN & MON from 9 AM till 11 AM
Or, find our Blue Bubbles representative at the island orientation held in the lobby from 10 AM on.
Diamond Resorts Royal Palm – Simpson Bay (right by the drawbridge – across from Lee’s Roadside Grill)
weekly on MON from 10 AM till 12 PM.

For those vacationing at a private villa : definitely don’t hesitate to call us for a private demo in YOUR pool.  Our number is 1-721-55-68484.

Our boat trips bring you to St. Maarten’s absolute best sites with abundant marine life around reefs & wrecks that offers you and the family the best possible St. Maarten snorkeling experience.

SUGGESTIONS :

2-hour Shipwreck Snorkeling

$55per person
incl. use of snorkel gear

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2-hour sn-uba & snorkel combo

$75 or 65per person
Adult 75 and 65 for children 8-12 yrs old, incl. use of snuba & snorkel gear

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half- and full-day private charters : several boats available, your choice of itinerary, with or without lunch.

Check-in is 1/2 hr prior to tour departure.  Look us up at the Blue Bubbles Dive Shop at 153, Front Street, Philipsburg (near the Sea Palace Hotel) : DAILY at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

For last-minute availability or group participation, kindly call 1-721-55-68484.


Rates for beginner & certified divers

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DIVING FOR CERTIFIED DIVERS

1-tank-dive

US$ 55 per person

2-tank-dive

US$ 100 per person

4-dive-package

US$ 190 per person

6-dive-package

US$ 285 per person

8-dive-package

US$ 350 per person

10-dive-package

US$ 410 per person

Shark dive

US$ 75 per person

Night dive

US$ 75 per person

Referral dive

US$ 75 per dive


Advanced Open Water Certification

US$ 325 per person

Scuba Review

US$ 90 per person



DIVING FOR BEGINNER DIVERS (basic Blue Bubbles gear included)

Introduction to diving (= resort course)

US$ 90 per person

Scuba Diver Course

US$ 300 per person

Open Water Certification

US$ 400 per person

No refunds for seasickness.  Our experienced and knowledgeable captains will decide when sea conditions are too rough to run a trip.  If you decide to cancel due to weather and we are still running, you will not be eligible for a refund.  Make an informed decision before you book.

Tel. : 1-721-55-68484

E-mail : bluebubblessxm@caribserve.net


St. Maarten Dive Sites

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Always good to know :

The majority of good diving on St. Maarten is only a half mile out of our Blue Bubbles Dive Shop in Great Bay, Philipsburg! Visit us to see our incredible collection of St. Maarten Dive Sites!

Find us daily from 9 AM till 5 PM at 153, Front Street (near the Sea Palace Hotel, Boardwalk & Down Street Jetty).

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  Where are we heading today ?

  1. PROSELYTE : depth 55 ft – dive with remains of 200-yr-old wreck, anchors & cannons
  2. CABLE ALLEY : depth 70 ft – reef dive near Proselyte … lots of game fish
  3. MIKE’S MAZE : depth 55 ft – series of extensive smaller coral reefs near Proselyte with gulleys
  4. HEN & CHICKS : depth 75 ft – reef dive with small wall & crater, possible drift dive
  5. WASHING MACHINE : depth 65 ft – reef dive, also possible drift dive
  6. MOLLY BEDAY : depth 70 ft – reef dive
  7. PELICAN ROCK : depth 50 ft – reef dive
  8. TINTEMARRE : depth 65 ft – wreck dive on a 100 ft tug, good coral formations & abundant reef fish
  9. DOLPHIN POINT : lots of gulleys & fan corals
  10. SPANISH ROCKS : drift dive on coral reef, seldom visited due to large swells
  11. CREOLE ROCK : depth 32 ft – popular reef dive, shallow depths & good for snorkel/dive combos
  12. GROUPERS : depth 50 ft – best reef diving on St. Maarten
  13. LITTLE GROUPERS : depth 65 ft – canyon swim-through, good rock formation
  14. ILE FOURCHE : depth 65 ft – reef dive, large barracuda schools, nurse shark & rays common
  15. FU CHUNG : depth 116 ft – 260 ft Japanese fishing vessel, large game fish & anemones.  Deep dive !
  16. GREGORY : depth 52 ft – 120 ft Panamanian barge sunk upside down
  17. THE BRIDGE : depth 50 ft – old Simpson Bay Bridge with 3 sailboat wrecks.  Good night dive !
  18. OLD TUG : depth 24 ft – very shallow, but interesting dive.  Puffer fish & eels
  19. ISABELLA : depth 100 ft – 25 ft sailboat with small reef close-by
  20. FRENCHMAN’S REEF : depth 30 ft – lots of ledges, eels & nurse sharks
  21. CAY BAY : depth 30 ft – also called “Shipwreck Alley” or “Shipwreck Cove”
  22. CARIB CARGO : depth 65 ft – 200 ft cargo ship from Belize, sank during hurricane Bertha
  23. TIEGLUND : depth 74 ft – barge sunk during hurricane Luis
  24. COW AND CALF : depth 52 ft – numerous swim-throughs & gulleys
  25. LUCY’S BARGE : depth 55 ft – dive often combined with Proselyte dive, sunken barge
  26. ONE STEP BEYOND : depth 95 ft – pinnacle dive starting at 35 ft, plentiful coral & fish
  27. SPLIT ROCK : depth 55 ft – large coral mound & excellent swim-through
  28. TIME TUNNELS : depth 55 ft – large coral wall, Spanish anchor & good fish life
  29. MARIGOT REEF : depth 35 ft – series of flat ridges & overhangs, good coral & fish life
  30. GRAND CASE REEF : depth 35 ft – small pinnacle with lots of coral, large puffer fish
  31. ANSE MARCEL : depth 30 ft – good novice reef dive to combine with snorkelers