Oyster Pond exists within the confines or a protected harbor, making it an ideal setting for sailing and docking. Opportunities exist for those who enjoy the sport of sailing whether they want to charter a boat locally, sail in from international waters, or sign up for a coastal tour on board a boat.
A great way to see St. Maarten from a different point of view is to sign up for a sailing tour. This opportunity will usually bring guests around Oyster Pond and and out along the island while letting them fill up on food and drinks, sometimes stopping for snorkeling, and perhaps a beach side barbecue.
If you just want to experience some time on the open water, without the cost and responsibility associated with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. See the chart that follows to obtain names and phone numbers for area excursion providers.
|Blue Safaris||(721) 526-2749||Bobby's Marina - Philipsburg|
|Captain Alan's Boat Charters||(721) 580-0377||Great House Marina Dock - Oyster Pond|
|Eagle Tours||(721) 542-3323||Bobby's Marina - Philipsburg|
|SXM St. Martin Catamarans Charters||(069) 039-7457||Griselle|
If your interests lie in captaining your own vessel but you don't want to sail to the island from your home country, charting a boat when you arrive in Oyster Pond shouldn't be any trouble. There are numerous businesses in the area offering such a service.
If you are serious about chartering a boat, you can reserve one from these companies:
|(059) 087-3049||2.2 mi. (3.5 km) South of Orient Bay|
|(059) 087-3788||2.0 mi. (3.2 km) South of Orient Bay|
|Private Yacht Charter||(069) 083-5305||Great House Marina - Oyster Pond|
|(800) 772-3500||Captain Oliver's Marina - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) South of Orient Bay|
Oyster Pond is not an official port of entry, which means that sailors will have to first sail into either Philipsburg or Simpson Bay. There, customs and immigrations officials will review your paperwork and the passport of every person aboard before allowing you to continue on to “the Pond.”
If you sail into Philipsburg, you'll be following a buoyed channel into Great Bay marked by red and green flashing lights at the channel's entrance. The immigration department there is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, though the clearance office keeps different hours which are 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Sailing into Simpson Bay Lagoon you'll find that both the immigration and clearance offices are located adjacent to the channel and have the same hours of 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the weekends.
Regardless of which route you take, you'll be able to contact officials over VHF Channel 12. When you've been cleared, you can head over to Oyster Pond and choose to dock at the marina or yacht club.
Seriously considering sailing to Oyster Pond using your own boat, or a boat you charter in a different location? The following table provides a quick summary of nearby marinas.
|(059) 087-3347||2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
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One of St. Maarten's favored sailing destinations, Oyster Pond is great for those who want to captain their own boat or participate in a locally operated tour. There is no reason not to plan to spend some time out on the water when you'll be visiting this beautiful Caribbean town.
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