Boating and Sailing Near Orient Bay

Add to your Orient Bay getaway with some time spent sailing

Photo credit: © SXM St. Martin Catamarans Charters

Orient Bay attracts a specific type of crowd thanks to its very French style and sensibilities.  Sailing is one of the top vacation activities, mainly among groups who hire out boats to take them out on excursions.  Those who want to sail themselves will also find it possible to hire a charter on the island or sail themselves thanks to easy clearance procedures. 

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

Those who hire a local sailor to take them on a tour of the area will find that their day of sailing includes views of not only St. Martin and St. Maarten, but the nearby island of Anguilla as well.  Add in the usual drinks and snacks that are included as part of the trip, and you'll find that a say of sailing near Orient Bay is always a day of fun. 

If you simply want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the cost and responsibility associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Check out the listing below to obtain information on excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Captain Alan's Boat Charters (721) 580-0377 Great House Marina Dock - Oyster Pond
Keloa Private Tours (069) 088-2054 At the Marina - Anse Marcel
Scoobidoo (059) 029-1576 Quartier D'Orleans - Marigot

Boat Rentals and Charters

If sailing is a favorite pastime of yours, you may have the skills to sail yourself around rather than hire someone to captain the boat for you.  If this is the case, you'll find that there is at least one charter service directly in Orient Bay and several others in the surrounding area. 

If you are considering the option of chartering a vessel, you can reserve one from the following agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Discount Activity Center (059) 027-1563 Baie Orientale - Orient Bay
Moorings Saint Martin (059) 087-3526 La Croisade
SXM St. Martin Catamarans Charters (069) 039-7457 Griselle


Your Orient Bay adventure may well begin miles and miles and days away when you set sail headed towards the island.  After some time at sea, most yachters are happy to find that the procedures for clearing into Orient Bay are quite easy thanks to their computerized customs system.  Stop in Marigot Bay first, which is the main port of entry, and there you will be able to fill out all of the apporpriate paperwork yourself on a computer, present your passport (and the passport of everyone aboard), then simply have the customs official on duty provide their stamp, and you can be on your way to Orient Bay.  

If you need to visit the Customs office for some reason, you'll find it at the Marigot ferry terminal, open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.  When you do finally dock in Orient Bay, make sure to lock up all of your valuables to prevent theft. 

Thinking about sailing to Orient Bay using a vessel you own, or a charter from another location? This next chart contains a list of places where you might be able to dock.

Name Phone Location
Anse Marcel Marina 590 (0) 5 90 87 31 94 Anse Marcel
Captain Oliver's Marina (059) 087-3347 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay
Privilege Marina (059) 087-3737 Anse Marcel
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Orient Bay - Orient Bay 18.0844709512 -63.0136728287
Cul de Sac Bay - French Cul-de-Sac 18.1066927949 -63.0224597454
Anse Marcel 18.1157401825 -63.0400389407
Oyster Pond - 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay 18.0551264536 -63.0174922943
Tintamarre Beach - Ile Tintamarre 18.1162326208 -62.9885673313
Grand Case Bay - Grand-Case 18.1042249733 -63.0562663078

A vacation in Orient Bay is only made better by at least a few hours of sailing, so if you can swing it, make sure to sign up for an excursion, hire a charter, or even sail yourself to the energetic town.  


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