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Attention snorkel fiends: The Tiki Hut in St. Maarten will definitely float your boat. That’s because it actually is a boat – it’s a floating snorkel platform moored in crystal waters in a secluded cove above an ocean snorkel park. This dreamtastic snorkeling mecca is located in Little Bay and it’s just a 15-minute boat ride from Phillipsburg. Once onboard the platform, you’ll receive a short safety briefing. After this, the day is yours–and there’s so much to dive in to. You can snorkel (of course), swim, float. Even work on your tan on the spacious, multi-level sunbathing decks. Or you can choose the Tiki Hut SeaTrek Helmet Diving Tour.

Tiki Hut Snorkel Park, St. Maarten

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The water surrounding the Tiki Hut is approximately 25 feet deep and very clear. Here you will find a variety of sunken wrecks and coral making up a designated marine park, along with all kinds of tropical marine life for your ogling. (Bring a small box of cereal–the fishies love it.)

And all the gear? Glad you asked because they’ve got it all–masks, fins, flotation gear. Everything. For less experienced snorkelers, there are noodles and flotation belts to make these peeps more comfortable. Plus, the crew is always available to lend a hand with putting on/adjusting equipment. But most important, their #1 priority is watching out for your safety.

If that’s not cool enough, they’ve got all your nosh needs tied up: juicy BBQ hamburgers, delicious fish sandwiches and hotdogs are cooked to order up on the grill and served on fresh bread. The attentive crew is also ready to serve water, sodas, and smoothies, with and without alcohol. Speaking of, there’s a variety of beers, frozen drinks, fruit punch, rum punch and the bonus: you can even run a tab all day while you’re snorkeling in the deep, gorgeous blue.

If the Tiki Hut in St. Maarten sounds like a place you must visit, then call 1-800-915-3162 and one of our Beachologists can create an all-inclusive dream escape. Or if you want to check out all our other beaches in the Caribbean and Mexico, go here. No matter which beach you choose, remember: we have but one thing we live for, and that’s to make your life sunny.

A True Beach Lover