Tintamarre Island Snorkeling
The 7th most popular snorkel dive spot in St Martin - Sint Maarten.
Monday 25 March 2019 06:59 GMT
Off the northeast coast St Martin, the snorkeling at Tintamarre Island is ideal for a full day adventure. Most snorkelers at Ile Tintamarre start at the main beach on the southwest corner near the boat mooring area where they enjoy all the reef fish and sea turtles. While the reef extends far of this beach, make sure to drag along a diver-down buoy so the heavy boat traffic can spot you. Next, head to the south coast into an area called The Lagoon where the barrier reef protects the snorkelers at low tide. On the far northeast coast, there is a good cove that very adventurous snorkelers enjoy.
To reach the snorkeling on Saint-Martin by air, fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). Note, there is a $30USD departure tax collected at the airport. The main access to the island is provided by Tintamarre Express ferry service, which must be reserved a day or two ahead of time. The ferry pier is located due east of Grand Case and is co-located with the ferry that runs out to Pinel Island. Alternatively, there are several snorkel tour boat companies that include the island as part of a larger full day snorkel trip, but they are known to drop the island if there is any surf or wind so becareful.
Overall, Tintamarre Island is the 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in St Martin - Sint Maarten. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Tintamarre Island including Creole Rock, Happy Bay, Baie Rouge, Anse Marcel, Baie Orientale and Pinel Island.