About St. Barts

A large dash of French chic makes St. Bart's feel more like Antibes than Antigua.

Tiny and serene this hilly island originated from ancient coral reefs and is considered one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. When you discover its idyllic blend of white sands, crystal clear waters and green, undulating landscape, you will understand why.

Its combination of style and glorious natural scenery make it popular with the rich and famous who like to escape here during winter. In the picturesque port town of Gustavia, you can soak up the isles distinctly continental charm. Its vista of red-roofed buildings provides the backdrop to numerous duty free boutiques, a yacht-filled harbour and a very relaxed lifestyle. After a few hours exploring, head up to Grand Fonds for wonderful views.

With over 20 beaches here you will be spoilt for choice. Two of the most pristine are Saline and Governor on the southern side. Enjoy a spot of snorkelling or simply bask in the sun.


Shore excursions in St. Barts

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Catamaran and Snorkel

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 2 hours

Enjoy the delightful coastline of St Barts and uncover its beauty beneath the water.

After boarding your catamaran enjoy a short cruise to the popular snorkelling spot of ‘Les Petits Saints’, a small rock just south west of Gustavia. Sit back and relax on board, whilst the experienced crew organise the distribution of snorkeling equipment.

Following a safety briefing and instruction, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the rich underwater world of St Barts marine park. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters and enjoy around 1 hour marveling at the amazing varieties of coral and fish.

Afterwards, sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine as you cruise back along the coastline to Gustavia.

During your tour complimentary snacks, soft drinks and some delicious home-made rum punch will be served.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by catamaran. Snorkel equipment is included. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. The catamaran will tie up to a special mooring and passengers will enter the water via a floating platform. All participants must be competent swimmers. Children under the age of 8 may not participate. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Island Profile

Activity low

Duration: 1 hour

A short overview to discover the unique island of St Barts.

This scenic drive, by local taxi van, provides the perfect opportunity to see the highlights of the island.

Beautiful, enchanting, unspoiled, intimate—these are just some of the adjectives often used to describe St Barths. Your driver may point out places of interest and offer excellent views of the picturesque harbour. The tour continues through the hills and along the winding roads to St Jean Bay - a striking area lined with boutique hotels and restaurants and then on to Salines, the salt pond area, this was once the most industrial part of the island and from here salt was exported to many islands throughout the Caribbean. It is now famous for its clothing optional beach.

At Grand Fonds, you’ll have a wonderful view overlooking the green valley towards the raging ocean breaking on the shore. This is the windy part of the island and the landscape here is very different in comparison with the rest of St Barts. After your brief overview of the island, you’ll drive along the north coast and back to Gustavia.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by taxi van. Please note that this tour is not guided and your driver will not act as a guide. The Drivers are all French speaking and do not necessarily have a 100% command of English, however their accents are quite charming.This is a brief overview by local taxi-van around the island. This tour involves very little walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the taxi van. The transportation in St Bart’s is very limited and air-conditioning is not always available.

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