Board your transportation for the scenic drive to Simpson Bay Lagoon. Upon arrival receive a kayaking lesson and safety orientation before setting off on your sit-on-top kayak. Follow your guide across the largest saltwater lagoon in the Antilles and marvel at this fascinating ecosystem. During your paddle your guide points out sights of interest, including the imaginary water border between the Dutch and French sides of the island. Keep an eye out for the wildlife that makes its home among the labyrinth of mangroves lining the shore. After a brief rest stop paddle on to a secluded beach for approximately an hour swim prior to returning to the kayak terminal. The kayak paddle ends at a beautiful cove where you enjoy a complimentary beverage prior to re-boarding the transportation. A brief stop will be made at The Village before your return to the ship.
Note: Participants must be at least 9 years of age and in good health with no arm, back or neck problems. Maximum weight allowed 250 lbs. if riding single. Maximum combined weight is 400 lbs. We recommend you wear your bathing suit or comfortable clothing with sandals and bring a towel. This tour is not recommended for guests with any type of back or heart problems or pregnant. Tour includes use of a double kayak.
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We signed up for the Kayaking trip. Left the ship for a lengthy ride to the excursion(basically, they will drive you to the airport...look up where that is on line) It was about 45 min ride there (traffic dependent). Once there, we got our kayaking instruction. The place is attached to a hotel and beach. We were expecting the "lagoon" to be 'ecofriendly' and beautiful, but in actuality, the 'lagoon' was a harbor full of mega yachts. Nice to look at if you like that sort of thing. We paddled around the yachts to a bunch of mangrove bushes(which pretty much line the entire island) and got some info on the diff types of mangroves, watched some birds fly by and learned about the line between the french and dutch sides of the island. This was the majority of the trip by the way. Then we paddled back to the beach where we started....couldn't get back directly as we had to wait for 4 yachts to go thru the bridge before we could return. They took our order for beer or rum punch. While they got it we (quickly) took a 10 min swim and by the time I got settled on the beach for a tan, we were called for our drinks and then coralled back to the bus for the (long) ride back to the ship. There was no "one hour swim on a secluded beach" For me, this excursion was not what the details suggested and had I known this, I would have opted to stay on the ship or pick another excursion. Please keep in mind that Philipsburg is a small congested little town and navigating it takes time. Our taxi driver(we went to Airport beach after the kayaking trip) got in an accident bringing us back. I enjoy kayaking, but this was not what I had expected.