In St Maarten, you have the choice of (too) many activities! From snorkeling to paddle boarding, sailing to surfing, kiteboarding, parasailing, deep sea fishing you have a vast amount of things to do during your stay. I just discovered one this week: helicopter tours!

Pinel island like you never saw it before.

I met Jean-Charles last week when he showed up to talk about his business and left flyers at our shop. He's the captain of an helicopter and offers tours above the french side of St Maarten, the Marine Reserve but also transfer to Anguilla and St Barth. 

We set an appointment few days for a ride above Pinel Island and Tintamarre. Jean Charles is very professional and kind, he took some time to explain us what's gonna happen while he started his engine. We took the smallest helicopter that day (the blue one) and started to fly over the airport before heading to Oyster Pond. The view was gorgeous as we discovered our island with a new perspective. We flew over Orient Bay, get towards Tintamarre island with a view on Pinel, then followed the shoreline of the Marine Reserve (that part of the island is the latest unspoiled area of St Maarten with absolutely no building nor trace of civilization) and finally we flew over to Grand Case and landed safe and sound.

That helicopter tour was amazing and I can't wait to go back! The flight was smooth and comfortable, captain has a strong knowledge and the ride is not very expensive. I invite you to take a look at the images below to discover that fantastic experience: