The 5 Best St. Kitts Catamaran Sail & Snorkel Tours [2022 Reviews]

Widely regarded as the “best kept secret” in all of the Caribbean, St. Kitts is not only naturally beautiful, but has a rich history, friendly locals, amazing food, and plenty of fun activities to participate in.

Whether you’re looking to lounge around and just relax, or venture about and explore the island, you will get the biggest bang for your buck by signing up for a tour.

Offering the best of both worlds, we recommend trying a catamaran and snorkel tour where you can take in the warm sunlight on the deck and enjoy the beautiful underwater world afterward.

We’ve done the hard part for you, to bring you well-curated tours worth your time and money. Without further ado, here are the top St. Kitts Catamaran & Snorkel Tours.

Be sure to see our reviews of ATV tours in St. Kitts.

Best St. Kitts Catamaran Cruises & Snorkel Tours

 St Kitts Full Day Catamaran to NevisSt. Kitts Private Half Day Boat CharterSt Kitts Deluxe Catamaran Snorkeling Tour With Lunch
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St Kitts Full Day Catamaran to NevisPrivate Half Day Boat Charter
St Kitts Deluxe Catamaran Snorkeling Tour With Lunch
Departure:Hotel, Port pickup and drop-off available / Port Zante Marina
Hotel, Port pickup and drop-off available / Port Zante Marina
Hotel, Port pickup and drop-off available / Port Zante Marina
Departure Time:10:00 am9:00 amVariety available
Duration:7 hours3.5 hours3.5 hours
Includes:Unlimited drinks (open bar), lunch, snorkel equipmentPrivate charter, unlimited drinks, snorkel equipment, guided snorkel, private beach time, snacksLunch, unlimited drinks (open bar), use of snorkeling equipment

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Quick Answer: The 5 Best St. Kitts Catamaran & Snorkel Tours For 2022

  1. St Kitts Full Day Catamaran to Nevis
  2. Private Half Day Boat Charter
  3. St Kitts Deluxe Catamaran Snorkeling Tour With Lunch
  4. Catamaran Party Cruise to Nevis from St Kitts
  5. 3.5hr Private Power Catamaran Snorkel and Beach Experience

St. Kitts Catamaran & Snorkel Tour Reviews

1. St Kitts Full Day Catamaran to Nevis

St Kitts Full Day Catamaran to Nevis

Tour Highlights:

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Departure: Port pickup and drop-off available / Port Zante Marina
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Includes: Unlimited drinks (open bar), lunch, snorkel equipment

Let’s start things off on the right foot with the St. Kitts Full Day Catamaran to Nevis tour. This is a great way to see the Caribbean, checking out some of the prettiest locations while enjoying delicious food and more. If you’re looking for an all-day adventure, then put this one at the top of your list.

Make your way to the Port Zante Marina, where you’ll be picked up by your representative and receive a safety briefing in the morning.

Then, hop aboard the state-of-the-art catamaran that you’ll be sailing on for the day! Today, it’s all about exploring the gorgeous island of Nevis, which is the smaller sister to St. Kitts.

The catamaran is very luxurious, and you’ll be riding in style with plenty of space and everything you could need for a day of excitement onboard. You’ll head straight to Nevis’ Pinney’s Beach, and along the way learn all about it from the captain and crew.

Once you arrive, you can don the included snorkeling gear and check out the starfish, sea urchins, lobsters, eels, and other types of abundant sea life.

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The secluded spot will be for your and your group’s alone so you don’t have to worry about crowds or scaring off any sea critters.

You can also choose to enjoy the beautiful beach and lie on the warm sand. After you’re done swimming around, head back on board to partake in a delicious lunch buffet and unlimited drinks with their open bar!

Staff is just so friendly and attentive, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time no matter what you’re doing. They never make you feel rushed, and they plan things so well that it’s always lively.

 

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100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience


2. Private Half Day Boat Charter

Private Half Day Boat Charter

Tour Highlights:

  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Departure: Port Zante Marina / Hotel pickup and drop-off available
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am
  • Includes: Private charter, unlimited drinks, refreshments, snorkel equipment, guided snorkel, private beach time, snacks, bottled water, alcoholic beverages

Maybe you want to have the boat and experience all to yourself! There are plenty of benefits in doing a private tour, like being able to customize it to your liking and asking the staff any questions you may have. The Private Half Day Boat Charter tour offers all that, and much more!

Meet up with your captain and crew at Port Zante Marina at 9:00 am, where you’ll be escorted onto your boat for the day. This tour is around 3.5 hours, which gives you plenty of time to explore but still leaves time for other activities in the day.

The vessel is spacious enough for you and your private group, allowing for plenty of sunning on the deck. As you cruise down the coast, they’ll offer an interesting narrative tour where you’ll learn all about the island’s history and culture.

There are plenty of soft leather lounge seats and full shaded cover for those who don’t want to be in the direct path of the sun’s rays.

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Once you arrive to the perfect snorkel location, your captain will stop and allow you time for a guided snorkel tour.

The snorkel tour is very comprehensive, and you’re sure to learn a lot about technique and about the sea life that call this area home. All snorkel gear comes included, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own.

Head back on board where you’re sure to enjoy the open bar with unlimited beverages and a light snack. The scenery which surrounds the waters is absolutely beautiful, and they do have free wi-fi on board to make sure you share all the moments live!

They even have a speaker system and let you choose the music you want to hear while you sip on some tasty cocktails.

 

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100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience


#3 St Kitts Deluxe Catamaran Snorkeling Tour With Lunch

St Kitts Deluxe Catamaran Snorkeling Tour With Lunch

Tour Highlights:

  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Departure: Port Zante Marina / Hotel & port pickup and drop-off available
  • Departure Time: Variety available
  • Includes: Lunch, unlimited drinks (open bar), use of snorkeling equipment

Perhaps you want to go out on the water for a fun tour, but are on a tight budget. If so, then check out the St. Kitts Deluxe Catamaran Snorkeling Tour with Lunch!

Lasting 4 hours, you’ll get to see a lot of marine life, great views of the water, food and beverages, and it’s a much better deal than just heading to a restaurant!

You have the option of either be picked up at your hotel or meet at the Port Zante Marina, like the other tours. Your crew will meet you there, escorting you onto a luxury catamaran. For the price, you truly can’t beat this level of quality and comfort that this tour offers.

The crew will make sure everyone is comfortable and you can choose to walk around on the deck or just sit back and relax, enjoying the 360-degree views of the beautiful coastline and surrounding waters.

Once you arrive to the right spot, the captain will stop the vessel and you’ll be provided with snorkeling gear.

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Once everyone is fitted with the gear, you’ll receive a snorkeling lesson from the crew. If this is your first time, it’s a great opportunity to learn from people who will keep you safe and ensure you get best results.

Check out the schools of neon fish, beautiful coral, and more in this warm, clear water. Head back on board after, where you’ll be presented with plenty of cold drinks along with a delicious buffet lunch!

The buffet is honestly excellent quality on the level with many of the best local restaurants, serving up traditional island dishes. Did we mention there’s an open bar, too?

 

More Information & Tour Booking

100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience


#4 Catamaran Party Cruise to Nevis from St Kitts

Catamaran Party Cruise to Nevis from St Kitts

Tour Highlights:

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Departure: Port Zante Marina / Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Departure Time: Variety available
  • Includes: Catamaran sail to Nevis from St. Kitts, use of snorkeling equipment, lunch, open bar, beach time in the island of Nevis

It’s no secret that the Caribbean knows how to party, and if you want to get yours on in one of the best ways, we’ve got just the tour for you.

The Catamaran Party Cruise to Nevis from St. Kitts is worth the hype, and for the price it’s hard to score something better. Lasting 7 hours, this is a full-day party cruise that is well-organized with a friendly crew that only elevates the experience.

Start off the tour by being picked up at your hotel or other accommodations and head straight to the port! You’ll be escorted onboard a luxurious catamaran and head straight to Nevis! The crew are an absolute blast and are there to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Depending on the size of your group, you’ll go on either a 52-foot or 70-foot vessel, but all have plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the ride either in the sun or shade.

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Once the captain finds the perfect spot, they’ll moor the catamaran and everyone will put the provided snorkel equipment on.

If you haven’t snorkeled before, the crew will give you instructions to make sure you have a good time. Look below the surface to see countless colorful fish, gorgeous coral, and more. You’ll be aided with excellent visibility and warm water, which makes it that much more pleasant to swim around in.

Now, it’s time to head back to the boat where the crew will set up a tasty lunch for everyone. There is an open bar and sound system, so pick the kind of music you want to listen to and let the drinks flow with gorgeous scenery surrounding you!

 

More Information & Tour Booking

100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience


#5 3.5hr Private Power Catamaran Snorkel and Beach Experience

3.5hr Private Power Catamaran Snorkel and Beach Experience

Tour Highlights:

  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Departure: Port Zante Marina / Port pickup and drop-off
  • Departure Time: Variety available
  • Includes: Unlimited drinks (open bar), use of snorkeling equipment

We couldn’t leave off one of the most popular tours of its kind! The 3.5hr Private Power Catamaran Snorkel and Beach Experience tour lets you see the natural beauty of St. Kitts but lets you choose how you want to spend your day out on the water.

If you’d like, you can even upgrade to their 5-hour tour where you’ll get extended time at beaches, other islands, more snorkeling spots, and onboard lunch.

However, if you do have a packed schedule, the 3.5-hour option is a solid one. Various pickup times are available so you can slot it into any space you have. Start off by meeting at the port, where you’ll then be greeted and escorted onto your private power boat.

Now, where this varies quite a bit from the others is that here, you get to choose how you spend your 3.5 hours. Do you want to go snorkeling and explore underwater? Then they’ll take you to the top locations for it, showing you all kinds of bright fish, coral, and more.

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If you’ve never snorkeled before, you don’t have to worry as they’re there to help teach you and make sure you’re safe. All snorkeling equipment is included, so there’s no need to go and rent any or bring your own.

If you feel like something more relaxing, head on board and sip on some drinks from the open bar and soak in the rays (or hang out in the cool shade).

This cruise is ideal for all ages and experience levels, so if you’d like to bring the whole family along you’re in for a real treat. Just the same, if it’s just you and your significant other it is still a load of fun.

 

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100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience


St. Kitts Tour Guide

Best St Kitts snorkel Tours

Getting There

Getting to St. Kitts from the US is super easy, especially if you’re flying from the Midwest or east coast. It’s just a 3-hour flight from Miami and 4 hours from New York. You’ll find many nonstop flights serviced by American, Delta, United Airlines, and Seaborne into Robert Bradshaw Airport.

If you’re taking a cruise, there are many ships that pull into Port Zante (where most of our tours go out of), due to it being a deep-water port that can support these enormous cruise liners. If you’re already in St. Maarten, there is a ferry service that you can take to St. Kitts, that’s pretty, affordable, and convenient.

Getting Around

Getting around St. Kitts is actually quite easy, with various modes of public transport available and a relatively walkable area.

Car – If you’d like to be completely independent and go out and explore everything you want without waiting around, renting a car is a pretty good decision. You can reserve everything from luxury vehicles to minivans, SUVs, and even motorbikes.

One caveat, though, is that you must obtain a driver’s permit before driving on the island. Yes, this includes if you have an international driver’s license. Please note that they also drive on the left-hand side of the road!

Scooter/Bike Rental – St. Kitts has such nice weather typically, that we feel one of the best ways to see it is on the back of a semi-automatic/ATV. If you’re looking to do some snorkeling, then chances are you like adventure already. These are adventurous, a load of fun, and will get you from point A to point B quickly.

Taxi/Minibus – Both of these local transportation options are great, but note that with taxis there’ll be a 50% surcharge between 10am and 6am. If you’re going from the airport to the city, you’re best taking an airport. Taxis will always be waiting outside, and are known to be reputable and safe.

Walking – Bassaterre is such a beautiful place, and you can walk around very easily. Port Zanta is less than 20 minutes walking from Basseterre, so realistically you don’t need a car or taxi here.

Where to Stay

Park Hyatt St. Kits Christophe Harbor – This absolutely gorgeous 5-star hotel looking over Christophe Harbor has Caribbean vibes throughout. The views of the water are incredible, especially from the infinity pool!

Belle Mont Farm – This is another luxe spot which is located on a 400-acre, eco-friendly farm on Mount Liamuiga. You’ll see “ripe fruit” signs, a bunch of restaurants, and bars located here. Enjoy the gourmet meals and the fresh air when staying here.

Koi Resort St. Kitts – This swanky resort feels a bit Southeast Asian, with a sleek and minimal design, polished wood, and gorgeous ocean overlooks. Their KOI restaurant also has some nice dishes. Definitely try the miso-bronzed cod!

Sugar Bay Club – Located in the Frigate Bay area, it consists of 2-story buildings and single-story Caribbean-style cottages. The outdoor waterfall swimming pool and beautiful ocean views offer a luxurious stay.

Timothy Beach Resort – Located on acres of pristine, preserved land and sea, the rich green and blue hues are always captivating from this resort. It’s relatively small and privately-owned, which gives it a more authentic feel.

Restaurants and Eating Out

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love St. Kitts.

Arthur’s – Only open seasonally, it sits right on Dieppe Bay, where you can even watch local fisherman bring in their catch! This “sea-to-fork” restaurant offers fresh mahi mahi, snapper, ceviche, conch, lobster, and pumpkin fritters with pumpkin ice cream for dessert!

The Gallery Café – This is a really special spot, melding art gallery with café. Located in the main square in Basseterre, the location couldn’t be better. Enjoy the colorful artworks while munching on their fresh bagels, cakes, frittatas, or cookies.

Ballahoo – Also overlooking Basseterre’s center, it comes with a massive menu with dishes like BBQ chicken wraps all the way to sushi. We highly recommend the coconut curry prawns or frozen mango/passion fruit Ballahootini!

Sprat Net – This is the place to go if you want to watch the ballgame. With long benches, it’s perfect for bringing in the entire family or enjoying socializing with locals. Oh, and they have some amazing pizza and ribs.

Jam Rock – This is a quintessential local Caribbean place, with incredible Frigate Bay Strip where you’ll get a mix of meat and seafood dishes. The Jamaican Jerk Chicken is incredible.

Royal Palm Restaurant – Located inside the Ottley’s plantation, Royal Palm is another hidden gem that we love. This is the place for brunch, where you’ll get an array of fresh local fruits, mini cakes, pastries, etc. to choose from.

Salt Plage – This is such a trendy, fun spot to grab some drinks and appetizers at. Better yet, wait until the sun starts setting so you can enjoy the waterside views to the max. You can even arrive here by boat!

Nightlife and Entertainment

Chrishi Beach Club – While it does have daytime parties, Chrishi is still one of the best spots to hang out after the sun sets. There are plenty of chaise lounges and beach waterbeds, with European café-type food. Check it out on Saturday night, where there are film nights, DJs spinning, and more.

Circus Grill – If you’re on the hunt for a good happy hour, look no further. Great deals, friendly staff, and nice views of the harbor will make sure you never want to leave.

Keys Lounge – The name pretty much says it for you, but the Keys Lounge is a great spot if you’re looking for a sophisticated date night option or just want to enjoy some top-notch jazz and salsa music. Their comfortable sofas and chess-set tables along with their wonderfully-curated aged rum selection is the perfect way to spend an evening.

Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack – This is truly one of the best ways to meet locals, and it’s a unique experience we highly recommend partaking in at least once. They have these legendary Thursday night bonfire parties, with fire-eating performers or something even more daring – karaoke.

Water Department Barbecue – Ran by a couple of guys from the local water department (yes, this is true), they put on a massive grill with tons of barbecue ribs and chicken! This is another classic Caribbean scene that we recommend checking out if you’re new to the area. If you want something exciting to try on Friday nights, this is the spot.

Club Kactus – Perhaps you’re looking for a packed spot where you can watch great musical acts perform. Club Kactus has excellent customer service, despite being so busy on the weekend nights. The Jamaican music just sets the tone for a wonderful night out in the Caribbean, and the kitchen offers some tasty local dishes!

Vibes Beach Bar – This is one of the most popular nighttime spots on The Strip, with great music, house cocktails, and sports on the big-screen TVs. The open-air bar offers great views of the beach, and makes it easy to transition from a day at the beach. DJs perform every night during the week, and there are occasionally special party nights on the weekends.

Weather

You should know that no matter what time of year you go, St. Kitts is going to be pretty warm. However, there are certain times of year where it gets wet and windy, as it is a place vulnerable to both cyclones and hurricanes! This can cause some intense storm surges. Humidity is pretty normal, however if you go from around January to May you’ll experience a dryer climate that most people prefer.

Attractions

Brimstone Hill Fortress – This National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and rightfully so. Having been around for many centuries, this is a perfect example of the British military engineers’ intelligence and the difficulties African slaves who built it had to endure. Located on a steep incline, there were many who lost their lives building the fortress of limestone.

Fairview Great House – This 18th-century building has been restored to what it was in its hey-day. You’ll be able to take a full tour, with the beautiful dining room, Historical Room which details the past of the house, the master bedroom veranda, amazing views of the sea, and more. Don’t forget to watch out for the monkeys who love to munch the fresh fruit on the property!

Old Treasury Building & Museum – Constructed in 1894 in downtown Basseterre, it has been used to house the offices of the administrator, customs, audit, supply, and post office. The 2-story Georgian-style building is very unique, with a huge dome once used as a lighthouse!

Romney Manor – Over centuries, this manor was run by Earls of Romney. Make sure to check out the 300-year-old Saman tree, which has surely seen some things!

St. George’s Anglican Church – First built in 1670 as a Roman Catholic Church by French Jesuits, it’s seen many bloody fights, fires, hurricanes, and so much more. Unfortunately, in 1706 it was completely destroyed by fire during the Anglo-French War by the British. Rebuilt in 1710, it then became a general place of worship for the Anglicans.

Church of Immaculate Conception – This detailed church made of grey stone is located right in Independence Square in Basseterre. The Roman Catholics were forbidden in the early 1700s to worship in public, and in 1829 those restrictions were finally removed. Catholicism started taking off with the influx of Irish and Portuguese, and so this church was built in 1856.

Tips

  1. Bring some solid walking shoes. You’re going to likely be walking around in some uneven terrain, up and down hills, and through older buildings.
  2. Wear layers. As the climate can change in an instant, it’s better to wear a tank top or t-shirt under warmer layers so you can add or subtract as the day and night go on.
  3. If you’re going to drive, you have to pay to get a local drivers’ license and be able to drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  4. Enjoy the nature. Aside from the beautiful beaches, there is so much lush, untouched nature to explore. Try hiking the Mount Liamuiga volcano for the best views!
  5. Try the dune buggies. While going out on the water certainly has its charm, the dune buggy adventures that go all across the islands are unreachable by regular car. You’ll definitely see some spots you wouldn’t be able to any other way.
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