On the south side of St 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.
In addition, there is a ferry called Great Bay Ferry that interconnects St. Martin with St Barts.
Overall, Tiki Hut Snorkel Park is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 2 snorkeling dives in St Maarten.