About 15 minutes away from Simpson Bay in Philipsburg is your gateway to several different ferry services that will allow you to visit three different countries over the course of a few day trips. Anguilla, Saba, and St. Barths are all accessible from the ferry dock on St. Maarten at low prices and in under two hours apiece.
Familiarize yourself with the choices for water transportation below.
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The Water Taxi is a local service that travels from one end of Great Bay to the other. The water taxi, which leaves about every five to ten minutes throughout the day, costs $7 per person or $14(USD) for unlimited trips during the day.
Also known as the Anguilla Taxi, Link Cat Ferry Service is a private ferry service that drops visitors off on Blowing Point, . There are no regularly scheduled services, so you'll have to call and see when they have plans to travel to the island during your trip. Tickets cost between $50 and $65(USD), or you can reserve the entire boat for your party for around $400(USD).
Saba C Transport provides a 90 minute ride between Philipsburg and Fort Bay, Saba a few times a day in a dark green aluminum boat called the Dawn II. It is air conditioned and can carry 50 passengers at a time. A typical schedule has the ferry leaving from Saba at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays and returning at 4:30 p.m. that same day. Round trip tickets are $35 for children and $68(USD) for adults.
A 45 minute ferry ride is all it takes to get to St. Barthelemy from Philipsburg with the Great Bay Express. Included in the cost of your ticket, which is $85 one way or $124(USD) round trip for an adult a drinks and the ability to sit in the air conditioned covered lounge and watch television. The ferry departs from Sint Maarten at 7:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. Every day except for Sunday when they skip the early morning sail. The ferry returns from St. Baths at 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m.
In addition to the regularly scheduled ferry services above, there are a few private operations that provide day trips or sailing trips to nearby islands like Saba and St. Barths from the marinas and ferry terminals within Simpson Bay. These options, like Aquamarina tend to be more than just a standard ferry shuttle, but can certainly still be used as such.
|Location Served||Dock A||Dock B||Company||Frequency|
|Blowing Point||Simpson Bay Ferry Port||Blowing Point Ferry Terminal||Anguilla Ferry and Charter Service||many times per day|
|Gustavia||Simpson Bay Ferry Port||Gustavia Ferry Port||Aquamania Ferries||3 to 4 days per week|
|Saba||Simpson Bay Ferry Port||Fort Bay Ferry Terminal||Aquamania Ferries||3 to 4 days per week|
You've already come this far, why not go a step further and make plans for a few day trips to the neighboring islands and open your eyes to new cultures and experiences? With this collection of ferries that travel from just a few minutes outside of Simpson Bay to Anguilla, Saba, and St. Barths, you can make it happen with ease.
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