Searching for an island adventure with high-speed boat rides, snorkeling with sea turtles, exploring an uninhabited island, and ending your afternoon at a luxurious stopover on a picturesque island? Captain Alan’s Three Island Snorkeling Adventure is the excursion you must book to experience this perfect day on St. Martin.The operation is well organized, yet laid-back, making everyone feel comfortable and at ease. After getting fitted for flippers on the docks, we were greeted by Captain Alan. He welcomed everyone, and explained how our day was going to unfold. After his friendly overview, everyone was divided among the boats.
Heading out to Tintamarre Island
Our Boat Captain Francois gave us a brief safety chat onboard and explained emergency procedures. He eased the boat out of the harbor and onto the open waters of the ocean. He was not shy about accelerating the boat to a top speed. Sitting on the edge of the boat with your feet dangling over the side as the boat speeds across the ocean was exhilarating. Bouncing off the waves as water splashing was a thrilling way to begin an ocean adventure.
We anchored off the shore for our first Stop, Tintamarre Island. Prior to jumping into the water, masks and snorkels were given out. Spotting sea turtles is the main goal here. Sea turtles graze on grass beds on the ocean floor and swim to the surface for air every few minutes. We spotted a total of seven turtles. One time, we saw three swimming together. Our daughters screamed in delight when they spotted a sea turtle. The best scream I ever heard, one of pure joy.
After our time underwater, we were able to walk along the shores of Tintamarre for about half an hour. Strolling up to the end of the beach towards the rocky end on this uninhabited island was breathtaking. There were a couple of other boats anchored off its shore. It’s a popular destination, but not overly crowded.
Anchored off Tintamarre Island
Next up, an effortless snorkel drift along Green Key Island was relaxing yet visually stimulating. Gently pushed by the ocean waves, we floated passed a well-developed reef filled with sea urchins, tropical fish, coral, and sea fans. The boat followed us and picked us up on the end of the island.
Our last stop, Pinel Island is a picturesque Caribbean island everyone is dreaming about. Anchored in its clear waters, we took in the beautiful views while sitting on the boat and having lunch. An interesting combination of a salami, cheese, and apple sandwiches on French bread was the provided lunch. It was simple but tasty. A cooler full of Carib Beer, soft drinks, and water was offered to everyone.
We waded through the shallow waters to reach the shore of Pinel Island. It’s a small uninhabited island with two restaurants where you can order a frozen rum drink, browse in the gift shop, or plop down on a beautiful beach.
Snorkeling was not the main objective for Pinel Island. In fact, no one in our group attempted to snorkel. We thought we were going to snorkel on 3 islands due to the title of the excursion. We were somewhat disappointed, but we were content to just hang out on this beautiful slice of paradise.
Throughout the excursion, Captain Francois and First Mate Miles gave everyone a high level of personal attention. They were gracious hosts, freely shared island information, and happy to accommodate everyone’s needs. There were a few on board who were not strong swimmers. They quickly assisted them with instructions, and give a life jacket or noodle to give them some added floatation to increase their comfort level. They watched over them with a careful eye from the boat.
Whether you’re making a port visit on a cruise or spending a week in St. Martin, it’s a must-do. It’s a popular excursion, I recommend booking in advance. If you are worried about a bad weather day, their policy is a full refund if they cancel for unpleasant weather conditions.
Don’t hesitate for a moment, book this excursion, you will not regret it. You must have this adventure with Captain Alan and his crew. It will be a day to remember, perhaps your best day on St. Martin.
For more info, go to captainalan.com