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Check out the 1 ½ hour amphibious tour of St Maarten at www.caribbeanducktours.com Semi-submarine: http://www.atlantisadventures.com/

Orient Beach windsurfing, hobie cat sailing and kite surfing at: http://wf014.lerelaisinternet.com/homepage.html Sunning, sailing and snorkeling on a 75 ft catamaran: http://www.scoobidoo.com/

For extreme water sports adventures: http://www.bluebubblessxm.com/ Island tours on a high speed Hydrocruiser: http://www.rapidexplorer.com/ and http://st-barths.com/rapid-explorer/ Power boat cruise from St Maarten to a deserted island off Anguilla for snorkeling: http://www.thrillerstmaarten.com/ Go fishing with : http://www.leesfish.com/main.htm Sail and snorkel on Random Wind or two smaller craft at http://www.randomwind.com/ or email Capt Marten at randomwind@sintmaarten.net for water taxi service or island tours. Scuba fun with : http://www.scubafun.com/ ; http://www.scubaduba.com/bahamas/nfstmartin.html or http://www.thescubashop.net/ or advanced dives on Saba with http://www.seasaba.com/

America’s Cup Racing; On St. Maarten you can find out what it feels like to be a crew member on a 12 Meter America's Cup Yacht. Experience America’s Cup racing as a crew member aboard the US Stars and Stripes or Canada II and True North on a shortened America’s Cup course. No sailing experience necessary! The trip lasts 2 1/2 to 3 hours. This is one excursion NOT to be missed...it is awesome....one thing I suggest is NOT to forget your water taxi ticket...you can use this to get back to the pier where the ship is docked. since they take you to their store after the sail and not back to the ship...we didn't bring ours and thankfully we were taken back by the "ferry" that you off load onto while the next "crew" boards...enjoy...buy a T-shirt and then the next time you sail they will exchange it for FREE... Here is something I wish I would have done: if someone on the OTHER boat will take your waterproof camera (put your name or address label on it so it won't get mixed up w/ someone else's), maybe they will take YOUR picture. I have lots of great pictures of True North. (We were on the Stars and Stripes.) No bathroom, this is a real racing yacht and therefore doesn't have one. They will tell you to go to the restroom right before they leave the dock, and then I think there is one on the pier where you go after the excursion Unless your group is highly competitive with each other, I'd recommend being on the same yacht. You may not be close enough to the other yacht for good photos. They will ask you what level of activity you want, and they determine each job from that. Some require very little effort. They have a job for every person on board from grinder, to winch wench, to timekeeper, to barkeeper! I've been told that there are 2 sailings....at 10:00 and 1:00pm. (The 10am one ends around 1pm.) They have morning and afternoon excursions, and it has to be booked throught the cruise line. It starts on the pier and ends downtown, or they will transport you back to the ships' pier.We had time afterwards to go to a beach for the afternoonIf interested, drop by Bobby´s Marina (Great Bay, on the Dutch side), browse through their web site at The St Maarten 12 Metre Challenge or 542-0045. There are many companies that offer boating and fishing trips for the whole family, such as Aqua Mania Adventures (599-544-2640). Its "Children's Lagoon Cruise" is a 1.5-hour trip during which kids can take turns steering the boat. The company's "Playstation" is a catamaran converted into a playground platform with swings and slides located off KimSha Beach in Simpson Bay. For the cruise, adults and children pay US$15, and the Playstation is US$15 or $20 for half-day or full-day, respectively. Family rates are also available. http://www.diveadventures-sxm.com/ and http://www.stmaarten-activities.com/ One of the newest attractions for families with children is Sputter's Miniature Golf in Simpson Bay. This 19-hole course features obstacles that are replicas of island landmarks. Kids will have fun trying to make a hole in one, while you sit and enjoy a cold drink on the large deck overlooking the lagoon. Hours are 3-

10 p.m daily.

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