Oyster Pond is big in the boating world and has a well-liked marina, yet there are very few ferry services directly out of this small town. You can, however, head to nearby Philipsburg and take advantage of several different ferries that travel both locally and internationally.
In addition to a localized water taxi that offers a quick ride across Great Bay for those spending a few hours shopping and hanging out on the Philipsburg, there are also three different international ferry services that provide rides to Anguilla, St. Barthelemy, and Saba.in
Check the following chart for ferry details.
|1.3 mi. (2.1 km) North of Orient Bay|
Visitors have the option of paying $7 per person for a one way ticket aboard the water taxi, or $14(USD) for unlimited trips during that day. The ferry travels through Philipsburg's waters across Great Bay and is cheaper than hiring a taxi on land.
Tourists will generally travel to Anguilla by ferry from the public service on the French side of the island in Marigot, but there is also a private ferry called Link Cat Ferry Service. It costs $50 to $65(USD) per person but you can also reserve the entire boat for your party for $400(USD). There is no set schedule, so you'll need to call and find out what their schedule looks like during your trip.
From Philipsburg you'll be able to reach St. Barths via Great Bay Express. The trip takes 45 minutes and allows travelers to relax in an air conditioned lounge with free drinks and television as they sail. It is $85 one way or $124(USD) for a round trip adult ticket and $52 one way or $59(USD) round trip for children. Monday through Saturday there are departures from St. Maarten at 7:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. as well as return trips at 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. On Sundays, only the last two trips are available.
Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, Saba C Transport leaves from Fort Bay, Saba and makes the 90 minute journey to Philipsburg then returns at 4:30 p.m. The boat can hold 50 passengers at a time and rates are $35 for children and $68(USD) for a round trip, same day ticket. If you'd like your return ticket to have an open-ended date, it will cost a little extra.
If direct service out of Oyster Pond is what you're after, however, you'll find it with Compagnie Maritime Voyager. This French-flag flying service mainly provides transportation between St. Barthelemy and Marigot, St. Martin, but the ferry also travels over and makes a stop in Oyster Pond.
|Location Served||Dock A||Dock B||Company||Frequency|
|Gustavia||Oyster Pond Ferry Dock||Gustavia Ferry Port||Compagnie Maritime Voyager||several times per day|
Make the most of your time in Oyster Pond and see as many nearby countries as you can. If you're able to plan for a few extra days vacation, you can easily get in trips to Saba, Anguilla, and St. Barths. Of course, if this isn't possible, a fun jaunt across the bay in Philipsburg will still give you a reason to utilize the local ferry services that exist in St. Maarten.
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