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Orient Bay

One of the major pleasures of visiting Orient Bay is the opportunity to indulge in some serious scuba-diving. A short sail north from Oyster Pond brings you to Orient Bay, situated on the north-east coast of French St. Martin, which experts say has some of the best diving in the Caribbean. Take care when entering the bay as conditions can be tricky.  Coral, amazing sea-life including turtles, eagle rays and barracudas, dramatic underwater structures and wrecks are all there to be explored and there is a PADI-accredited dive-school where instruction can be taken.

Jet-skis and windsurfers are available to rent, and the white sandy beach offers a full range of watersports from kite surfing to kayaking. If airborne thrills are more to your liking, think about an exhilarating (did someone say heart-stopping?) ride in one of the ultra-light aircraft that ply their trade here. (Best done before lunch, so those who have been before will say.) Chic boutiques are plentiful and the beach has a good range of bars and restaurants, with Chez Leandra’s garlic conch stew a particular favourite.

If lively nightlife is of interest, then you will find plenty on offer in Orient Bay but there’s also a quieter side to the bay, including a secluded naturist beach on the eastern stretch of Orient Beach for those who like to let it all hang out. At Orient Bay, it’s up to you whether to spend your evening being sociable (in which case moor up at Green Cay) or whether you’d prefer to simply hang out on deck in a peaceful anchorage (in which case choose Ile Pinel).
 

 

Mooring:

  • Orient Bay opens to the east and has two good anchorages – a small, snug one on the west side of Ile Pinel which is quiet at night. 
  • The anchorage at Green Cay is also on the west side but further south. It tends to be busier and the holding is good.
  • Dinghy dockage is available at both Ile Pinel and Green Cay.

To Do:

  • Scuba-diving
  • Watersports
  • Ultra-light aircraft rides

Facilities:

  • Bars and restaurants
  • Ice