Simpson Bay Ferries

The ferry services available near Simpson Bay are extensive

Several options exist for ferry transportation from Simpson Bay. Although you might make a stop along the way, you can enjoy some time on the water while conveniently visiting one of several nearby countries over the course of a day or two. Saba and St. Barths are accessible from the ferry dock on St. Maarten at low prices and require less than two hours of travel time apiece.  You can also travel by ferry to Anguilla from the dock in Simpson Bay.

Riding the Ferries

Check the following chart for ferry details.

Ferry Docks
Name Phone Location
Captain Hodge Wharf -- Philipsburg
Marigot Ferry Port -- Downtown Marigot
Marina Fort Louis (059) 051-1111 Downtown Marigot
Philipsburg Ferry Dock -- Philipsburg
Simpson Bay Ferry Port -- Simpson Bay

Water Taxi

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.

Saba C Transport

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. 

Great Bay Express

A 45 minute ferry ride is all it takes to get to St. Barthelemy from Philipsburg with the Great Bay Express Philipsburg.  Included in the cost of your ticket, which is $70 one way or $105 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 two early morning times and one in the evening. This service is offered Tuesday and Saturday, except for Sunday , departing at 10 a.m. or 5:45 p.m from St Maarten. The ferry sets out for return from St. Barths at 8:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 6:45 p.m.  

Even More Options

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.  

Ferry Routes, Simpson Bay
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Anguilla 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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