Details for Island Water World

Island Water World

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 10 reviews

Address 1 Wellsburg Street Cole Bay
St Maarten

Phone+1 721 544 5310

After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Mr. Ben Botond



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

Very little tide and no current.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 2.7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 40
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Rates are per foot.

Daily Rates:
Up to 60 feet (minimum charge 35 feet) is $1.25 per foot.
60 feet and over is $1.45 per foot.
Alongside on a T dock is $2.00 per foot.

Weekly Rate:
Up to 60 feet (minimum charge 35 feet) is $5.00 per foot.
60 feet and over is $6.00 per foot.
Alongside on a T dock is $10.00 per foot.

Monthly Rates:
Up to 60 feet (minimum charge 35 feet) is $12.25 per foot.
60 feet and over is $15.00 per foot.
Alongside on a T dock is $21.00 per foot.

Catamarans and multi-hulls are charged 150% of the above-mentioned dock rates


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 120 Vac and 240 Vac are available.

Pricing info: Metered electricity is $0.45 per kwh.Refundable deposit for plug adaptors is $100.00

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Metered wateris $0.15 per gallon (3.78L). $10 refundable deposit for the water meter lock key.

Dinghy access

Yes - The dinghy dock is available for the Island Water World store.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Liveaboards are allowed with no additional fess.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out





Yes - A single men's and a single Women's shower and toilet are available.


Yes - Men and Women.




Yes - A small grocery store is a short walk. A large supermarket is 1.5 miles away.


Yes - Ace Hardware is 0.5 miles away.


Yes - There are none on site but many close by.


Yes - There are none on site but many close by.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Island Water World
Nice and friendly marina aiming to please the cruisers, 2017-06-26
Captain: , St Martin (161)

Very nice and friendly marina aiming to please the cruisers.
Reasonable monthly prices, boat store on site, propane pick up, shuttle to grocery store, they even loan bicycles and dinghy.
Many marine shops near by.
Next heading to Gustavia, St Barth

Best Chandlery in St. Maarten, 2017-06-26
Captain: , St. Thomas, USVI (160)

Island Water World does more for cruisers than any other chandlery on the island. They have arranged grocery shuttles from both thier Cole Bay store and their Marigot stores. They also present several workshops during the season. All with free beer. They have gone out of thier way to help us when we were getting ready for our transatlantic.

helpful place with reasonable prices, 2017-05-29
Captain: , Milford (530)

if you need to outfit a delivery boat this is a good place to find safety equipment and hardware. we repaired main traveler, halyard, several blocks, and got flares and fuel jugs at a reasonable price. they will discount for an account but you must bring ship's papers to prove your transient purpose.

Marina is good place to do boat maintenance, 2017-05-12
Captain: , Honolulu, Hi (76)

IWW Marina is affordable and a really good place to be if you need to do some boat maintenance chores. Because Island Water World chandlery with its knowledgeable and helpful staff is just steps away, running back and forth for the bits and pieces you need to get the job done is easy. Rene, the manager of IWW chandlery is a Cruiser himself and very helpful with both boat-related things and local knowledge issues. Also within easy walking distance are Budget Marine and Ace Hardware.

The fixed dock is good. Some slips have mooring balls for med-mooring. Others have pilings for your bow lines as you dock stern to the dock. We got in with our 7-foot draft, and we saw a boat with an 8-foot draft get in. But if you have a draft in the deeper side, consider sounding it out with a handheld depth finder from your dinghy first, or speaking to someone who knows how to get in there, as it isn't totally straight forward. We were successful by honoring the green marker located just off the side tie with the giant Island Water World sign, which makes it seem like you're almost passing the turn into the marina before you finally turn left at the last possible moment, then stay as close as possible to that end tie dock with the giant Island Water World sign as you come in. We saw people run aground by trying to turn left into the marina without honoring that green marker just off the outer-most end tie.

The not-so-good: its hard to get in-the-Water assistance docking unless you arrange it in person or by phone in advance. Even then, it may not be available on weekends. You can get help with someone grabbing your stern lines from the dock, but having a dock hand in a dinghy in the water is harder to arrange. Also, the slips are a bit on the narrow-ish size. We got our 15-foot 9 inch beam boat in between the pilings, but had to retract one of our large fenders in order to squeeze our beamiest Part between the pilings, then re-deploy the fender.

There is a single women's bathroom and a single men's bathroom.

The water in this area is pretty murky with lots of growth.

Take the dinghy to Port du Pleasance Marina's dinghy dock and walk a short distance to the Carrefour supermarket for shopping. Usually Carrefour will give you a ride back to your dinghy with your groceries if you ask your cashier or the customer service desk. There was no charge, but we tipped the friendly driver.

This marina worked well for us. But, it's not a super fancy marina with a pool, bar, restaurant, gym, etc. If you want to be pampered, this isn't for you. If you want an affordable, good, basic marina with fast access to chandlery and yacht services vendors, this is a good bet.

Ground zero location for cruising , 2017-01-19
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (686)

Stayed here for a month over Xmas and what a steal and a great location. Catch a Malo micro bus to the airport for $2 and ditto to Marigot. Rhonda runs a tight ship and Sam is really helpful. Grocery shuttle run 3 times a week and Lagoonies $1 beers, 5 minute walk, attracts cruisers every night at 5pm. Prime cash and carry like Costco 10 minute walk, Ace Hardware ditto. Sailmaker across the street and one next to Lagoonies. Budget Marine just a little further will give you a 10% discount and ditto Island World Marine if you register your boat. Getting into the med mooring slip is a huge challenge. Keep your dock lines out of the water. Lagoon is a toilet. Take mosquito spray to the bathroom. Wifi connection is awful. Go to French side for good internet.

Stayed here for two weeks doing odds and ends, touring and provisioning, 2016-12-22
Captain: , Stratham (735)

Visited beginning of November 2016, boats were just beginning to come in for the season. Lucky to get into this marina.
The good
Fuel price is excellent. $.73/liter, $2.75/gallon
Dockage is reasonable. Island Water World $5/ft/wk
Island Water World and Budget Marine are based here. Have catalogs like a West Marine catalog. Price is US retail plus. 10% discount if you open an account.
Access by air is good: American, Delta, Amerijet, Spirit, a dozen airlines. Norwegian Air apparently has good prices.
Provisioning is good to excellent for quality, acceptable pricing if you shop where the locals do: Cost U Less and Grande Marche in Phillipsburg, Daily Extra and warehouse store Prime Cash and Carry in Cole Bay. Prices 2x US at the Carrefour in Cole Bay but all the selection you could ask for. Excellent %u201CSuper U%u201D, 100% French store in Marigot, self service laundry in same Howell Plaza complex.
Reportedly the restaurant food here is excellent.
Marine services are plentiful. The morning net at 7:30 on Ch. 10 is very helpful. Hyacinth is the woman who runs the Business Point, accessible by water behind the big marina.
While there are some who come here for the season, I suspect most come here to get stuff done or store the boat while away.
If you have a car there is some pleasant touring to be had around the north end of the island, go to the butterfly farm if you want to lower your blood pressure.

The bad
No pump outs in St. Martin or anywhere else in the Caribbean, it seems. So, in an enclosed lagoon you can guess what happens. The smell of sewage at Lagoonies is bad (and it persisted for the entire two weeks we were there. ) Swimming off the boat is probably out even in the center of the lagoon, but you can go for a dip just outside the bridge with your dinghy
Fertile lagoon creates ideal environment for hull growth. Thousands of tiny barnacles after two and a half weeks there. Hours of scrubbing to get them gone.
Better like being under planes taking off frequently. I like watching them but the big ones are thunderous. Stops at night.
For a fifty foot boat, lagoon fees are $42 for each bridge round trip and $42/week in the lagoon on the Dutch side. Free on the French side but the passage to/from the lagoon to the French bridge is shallow. 75% of the boats on the French side appear to be permanent residents and a large percentage of those are in various states of decline.
This is the %u201Cbig%u201D city. Loud music from the dockside bars into the wee hours on the Dutch side of the lagoon on the weekends.
Customs and immigration clerk clearly hates her job.%u2026and the one collecting the lagoon fees has a tip jar%u2026. keep smiling.

Excellent - helpful - professional - caters to cruisers, 2016-06-19
Captain: , St. John USVI (1305)

The staff is great and very knowledgable. I am a repeat customer ten times over.

great selection and prices, 2016-06-17
Captain: , Safety Harbor FL (1121)

The island water world store is very good. The people are friendly and knowledgable.

Good boat project marina, 2015-07-03
Captain: , Charleston, SC (135)

The marina is a good spot to stay if you are doing some work on your boat as the chandlery is well stocked and if you apply for an off shore account you can get parts duty free. The approach to the marina gets shallow, we bumped bottom with a 6 ft. draft. They are not very good about answering the VHF so if you need help docking you may have to land at the fuel dock first as there is not a lot of room to circle around. They also don%u2019t mind putting you in a slip that is just barely wide enough to squeeze into.

Best Marine Store on the Island! Great customer service!, 2014-06-21
Captain: , Biloxi, MS (91)

We stayed in St. Martin from February-June 2014. Island Water World was our go-to marine store. They have a good inventory of marine supplies. The best thing about them was their customer service. There are plenty of helpful employees to give you advice or show you where products are located. Sign up for one of their Advantage cards, where you will receive a 10% discount on all purchases and accumulate reward points.

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