Tiki Hut Snorkel Park Snorkeling
The 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot in St Martin - St Maarten.
Friday 12 January 2018 06:48 GMT
On the south side of Sint Maarten on the east bank of Little Bay, the snorkeling at the Tiki Hut Snorkel Park is perfect for beginners. The snorkeling at the Tiki Hut is usually easy since the waters are calm from the protection of the Fort Amsterdam peninsula.
The sandy and rocky water bottom, along with an artificial reef, provides habitat to plentiful marine life including snapper, chub, tangs, parrotfish, damselfish, angelfish, trumpetfish, stingrays, eagle rays and sea turtles. There are a half dozen ship wrecks to observe, along with three 16th-century cannons from Fort Amsterdam.
To reach the snorkeling at the Tiki Hut Snorkel Park, most divers use a boat to reach the floating hut platform in Little Bay. If you are a strong swimmer, there is a public beach located about a 15 minute swim away.
To reach the snorkeling on St Maarten by air, fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). Note, there is a $30USD departure tax collected at the airport.
TIP: Plan for a few extra days on your snorkeling trip to St Martin/Sint Maarten to make use of the ferries to other nearby islands. There are two ferries providing service to Anguilla, and one ferry heading over to St Barts. Matter of fact, many tourists use these ferries for day trips to the islands.
SPECIAL NOTICE: In September 2017, the island of St Martin/Sint Maarten took a direct hit from the destructive Hurricane Irma. The island infrastructure was severely damaged and will take significant time to rebuild. The hotels should begin the reopening process in late Spring 2018 and should be fully open by Winter 2018-2019. While there have been no reports on the exact impact on the coral formations, the high surf associated with hurricanes of this magnitude typically result in coral smoothering due to sand and the breaking of large coral structures. Therefore, the quality of the snorkeling should be adversely impacted for many years to come.
Overall, Tiki Hut Snorkel Park is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 12 snorkeling dives in St Martin - St Maarten.