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Last updated on September 18, 2021
Tiki Hut is a floating platform located in Little Bay, south of the island of Saint-Martin. The concept is original: on the platform, you’ll find a snack bar, a small swimming pool, and deckchairs. Around, a “Snorkel Park”, where you can observe the underwater life and several wrecks in a designated area. A nice spot if you want to enjoy a day on the water while exploring the surrounding seabed.
Tiki Hut floating platform is located in Little Bay, in the Dutch part of the island, at the foot of Fort Amsterdam. The day pass is $50pp. It includes the round trip boat transfer from Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg (around 10 minutes, departures and returns on request), the loan of snorkeling gear if you do not have your own equipment, as well as than the use of deckchairs.
You will be free to stay as long as you want on the platform, from a few hours to the whole day. If most visitors book the excursion directly with the provider, it is also possible to book it on most cruise ships that stopover in Saint Martin.
You can get into the water from the many ladders installed around the platforms.
The snorkeling area, called “Snorkel Park”, stretches all around the Tiki Hut platform. It is delimited by buoys, which allow swimming in safety regarding the many boats which circulate in the bay.
Tiki Hut snorkeling area allows discovering several points of interest:
The snack bar on the platform offers sandwiches, grills and drinks, which are not included in the day pass.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
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