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Pinel Island

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Address: Orient Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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+590 690 33-8833
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US$15.00*
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St Martin Kayak Rental to Pinel Island
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US$125.00*
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Full-Day Eco-Snorkeling and Beach Excursion
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US$64.98*
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St Maarten Power-Rafting Tour with Snorkeling

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A must island to visit for the day!

This is a great place to visit for the day. Short boat ride, round trip $12. Calm waters, gift shop, and good food. We took a cooler with water, and soda and a few snacks. Did... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Reinbeck, IA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great place to visit for the day. Short boat ride, round trip $12. Calm waters, gift shop, and good food. We took a cooler with water, and soda and a few snacks. Did some snorkeling, and just hung out. Wonderful day!

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East Saint Louis, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had not heard about this until we met some people while vacationing. They told us about it and we all went together. It was the best day! You pay $12.00 US per person to ride in a boat over to the island and you can return back to St Maarten whenever you are ready. The last boat leaves Pinel... More 

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Dutchess County, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So many lovely islands and then there is Pinel Island. Small and very crowded with one little beach (and its nice) and a very expensive restaurant and a even more expensive gift shop with nothing original. So what's the attraction? Its was a waste of time to go there with so many other wonderful attractions in St. Martins.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is a beautiful little island but don't expect to get anything to eat before noon, there is two small beach bar settings to grab food when they are open. The beach setting fills up fast and becomes quite busy.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We discovered Pinel Island last year and love it! It's a quick boat ride from Cul de Sac over to the island. Two restaurants/bars, a gift shop, chairs & umbrellas for rent. Great for swimming because there is little wind and calm water. Great day trip!

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take the little boat, or better yet, kayak over to Pinel Island and spend a day. You will pay for chairs and an umbrella, but its worth it. We took the hike around the island up to the peaks overlooking the cliffs -- it was about an hour hike / walk but well worth it. We enjoyed a lunch at... More 

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St. Maarten-St. Martin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is good and the atmosphere is nice You can enjoy whit your family and friends. Only need are more frenly. The island live from the tourism industry

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Pinel Island is definitely worth visiting. We took a few minutes boat ride from the mainland for 12$. Pinel Island has fabulous beach. Snorkeling is good (not much fish or corral). I do not recommend snorkeling at the guided natural park. They charge 12$ for snorkeling tour, but you can see everything on your own. The water was very calm... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't get me wrong, my wife and I rented a kayak and paddled out to Pinel. We had about half a day. The paddle out was nice and calm but nothing special. The beach was pretty crowded and was just that, a beach. We didn't think it was any better than the beach at our hotel. The snorkeling was not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the local shuttle 10 euros or 12 usd for a return trip. A bit expansive but the island is a sort of paradise where you can stay on the first beach- a sort of cruise place with food and umbrella not so expensive vs orient bay or you can walk to the other beach 10 minutes and enjoy calm... More 

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