- WHAT KIND OF WATER-CRAFTS DO YOU OFFER ?
We have a fleet of 45 watercraft consisting primarily of RHINO RIDERS.
And secondarily of SCOOBI-RAYs. These offer great stability and are almost impossible to capsize or tip over.
The RHINO RIDER is a 10 ft. inflatable with a center console that can seat two people, one in front of the other. It is powered by a 25 HP outboard engine, and is controlled by a steering wheel and throttle lever.
We also have available the SCOOBI-RAY craft which is a 12 ft. inflatable and is powered by a 30 HP outboard engine. It seats up to 3 people, two side by side in the back and one in the middle. It is also controlled by a steering wheel and throttle lever.
- HOW IS YOUR EQUIPMENT MAINTAINED?
We have two full time mechanics that check our fleet daily. At the end of each day, the watercraft is taken out of the water, cleaned thoroughly, motors flushed from salt and given a mechanical check up.
- WHAT IF I'M IN A GROUP OF THREE PEOPLE?
If you're in a group of three, you can all fit on a SCOOBI-RAY, or take two RHINO RIDERs.
- ARE THERE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS?
Yes, there are. Maximum for the RHINO RIDER is 400 lbs. and 450 lbs. for the SCOOBI-RAY.
- IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?
Anyone aged five years or older can participate. However, the person driving the watercraft must be at least 18 years old.
- WHAT FITNESS LEVEL DO I HAVE TO BE? DO I HAVE TO BE A GOOD SWIMMER?
It's easy. If you can drive a car, and have a minimum flexibility, you can participate. Basic swimming knowledge recommended. We provide high flotation life vests.
- DO I HAVE TO SNORKEL?
No. Once you reach the snorkeling spot, you can stay in the boat, soak up the sun and sip on the complimentary drinks, or you can go for a little swim and hit land.
- HOW MUCH TIME IS ACTUALLY SPENT SNORKELING?
About 30 to 45 min. is spent snorkeling. That's plenty of time to meet the local underwater inhabitants.
- WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
You should be wearing your bathing suit under your clothes so that you don't need to change when you arrive. Bring a towel, sunglasses, and sunscreen. For extra protection from the sun while snorkeling, you can also wear a t-shirt or rash guard.
As for anything else that you might have with you which you don't want to get wet (keys, wallets, etc.) we will provide you with baskets which will be securely stowed away during your tour.
- DO I NEED TO BRING ANY EXTRA MONEY?
Our boutique at the Rhino Base has many items you may want to buy like sunscreen, beach items, Rhino t-shirts & hats, and souvenirs. We also offer a beautiful 8 x 10 photograph taken of you on your water craft that's complete with a "certificate of completion". And of course you'll have such a wonderful time that you'll want to leave a tip for your friendly Rhino Guide.
- IS THERE A COMPARTMENT ON THE WATERCRAFT TO KEEP ITEMS DRY?
Only our SCOOBI-RAY craft have compartments. These are splash proof but not waterproof. The general rule of thumb is if you wouldn't dip an item in the water, don't bring it with you.
- WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Rain in paradise? On average, there are just about 6 days in the year that we are forced to reschedule or cancel due to bad weather. It's very rare that it rains all day on St. Martin. If there is rain, it's usually a passing shower that's over in 20 min. Our watercraft are small and maneuverable that more often that not your guide will be able to steer your group between the clouds to avoid showers. As for snorkeling, the rain doesn't affect the clarity of the water or the fish population. And remember, rain or shine you will get wet.
- I'VE NEVER DRIVEN A WATERCRAFT BEFORE. HOW HARD IS IT?
You'll get accustomed to driving your watercraft within seconds. The watercraft is controlled by steering wheel, so it feels just like a car. There are no pedals to worry about either. Push the throttle up to go forward, pull it back in neutral to slow down and stop. And of course our guides and staff are always there to guide you through every step of the way.
- DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO THE RHINO BASE FROM MY HOTEL/ CRUISE SHIP PIER?
No, we do not arrange for transportation to and from our Rhino Base unless you have a large group of 10 or more. On the other hand, it's very easy and convenient on the island to grab a taxi. Just ask the driver to take you to Rhino Safari in Simpson Bay behind Pineapple Pete Restaurant.
- HOW FAR IS THE RHINO BASE FROM PHILIPSBURG / THE CRUISE SHIP PIER?
Depending on traffic, we're about 20 to 25 min. by taxi from the cruise ship pier / Philipsburg.
- HOW MUCH IS THE CAB FARE?
From Philipsburg/the cruise ship pier, it's around $12 to $15 each way.
- HOW DO I GET THERE BY CAR?
We're located on Welfare Rd., also known as the main road or Airport Road in Simpson Bay. You'll find us at the eastern end of the lagoon, across from Paradise Plaza Casino and Caribben Cinemas, right behind.
- WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BE OUT ON THE WATER?
Weather-wise, all the departures are pretty much the same. If you take the 8:30 a.m. tour, you'll be back just before lunch and you'll have the rest of the day to enjoy the island. If you want to sleep in (you're on vacation after all), or if you're planning for a late breakfast, take the 11:30 a.m. tour. The 2:15 p.m. tour has the coolest weather, and it's a great way to end the day. Whichever time you choose, you'll have a blast!
Rhino Rider watercraft
A Guide on his own Rhino
Bottled water & soft drinks
Roundtrip transfer to site of departure
$3 Marine Park Fee (if snorkeling at Creole Rock)
Destination Creole Rock: 2,5 hours
Destination Happy Bay: 2 hours
Daily; please contact Rhino Safari for specific availability
- DEPARTURE TIMES AND LOCATION
8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:15 p.m.; please check-in at least 20 min. in advance. Tours depart from Rhino Base/Headquarters at 58 Welfare Rd. in Simpson Bay.
- RETURN TIME AND LOCATION
Approx. 2 1/2 hours after departure. Tours return Rhino Base.
- Not recommended for persons with back problems or those who are pregnant.
- Must be at least 18 years old to drive watercraft. Passengers must be at least 5 years old.
- RESERVATION & PAYMENT
To confirm your booking, we require your credit card information via e-mail or telephone. No charges will be made to your account until the day of your tour.
Payment will be made when you check-in for your tour at the Rhino Base. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Travellers Cheque.
- CANCELLATION POLICY
We must be notified of cancellations at least 24 hrs in advance of your tour or we will charge the full price of the tour on the card.
Exclusion of the 24 hr. clause: if your tour date is the same one as your arrival date on St. Martin, and for various reasons you were not able to land that day, no penalties will be charged.
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