Sailing and Boating Near Oyster Pond

Oyster Pond is a calm setting for easy sailing

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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.  

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

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 simply want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Check out the chart that follows to get contact information for area boating excursions.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Captain Alan's Boat Charters (721) 580-0377 Oyster Bay Marina - Oyster Pond
Random Wind (721) 587-5742 Dock Maarten - Philipsburg
Robinson Speed Boat Tours (721) 581-3798 Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard - Philipsburg
Soualiga Destinations (631) 458-0543 Philipsburg

Boat Rentals and Charters

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.

Evaluating the option of chartering a yacht or boat? The following chart shows how to reach charter companies serving this area.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Moorings Saint Martin (059) 087-3526 La Croisade
SXM St. Martin Catamarans Charters (069) 039-7457 Griselle
St. Maarten 12 Meter Challenge (721) 542-0046 Bobby's Marina - Philipsburg


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. 

Do you plan to visit Oyster Pond using your own boat, or a boat you charter elsewhere? This table lists nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location Island
Captain Oliver's Marina (059) 087-3347 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Captain Oliver's Marina -- Oyster Pond the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Great House Marina --
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Oyster Pond - 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay 18.0551264536 -63.0174922943
Orient Bay - Orient Bay 18.0844709512 -63.0136728287
Great Bay - Philipsburg 18.0201303262 -63.0492925539

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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