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Dive Review of Dive Adventures/N/A in
St. Maarten

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Marc, CA, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 2263
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All California, Hawaii, Mexico, Cozumel, Honduras, Bonaire, Saba...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back to the boat with 500psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
We went to St Maarten knowing that the diving was poor, but since this
was a family vacation first, we had to set diving as a lower priority. It
was windy during our trip and so the visibility and diving were on hold the
first few days. We used Dive Adventures for our dive excursions and they
did a good job. They were helpful and attentive, but I would like to see a
happier group. There boats were comfortable and covered. Visibility was
about 50 feet; there was a lot of turbidity in the water, but all in all,
it was dive-able. The fish life was sparse and the coral looked like it
took a beating in the last hurricane (1999), but was recovering. I was
chatting with my brother-in-law during our surface interval. I commented to
him that St Maarten could really use some fish management. What fish we saw
were all small. The captain, a local, barged in and said that fishing was
here a lot longer than diving and that the fish life was fine. Obviously
here lies there problem. I tried to explain this to him, but he would not
listen. Its too bad, because I think St Maarten could have a chance with
divers. We did see a nurse shark and I had a close encounter with a
Caribbean Reef Shark. That saved the dive, but I couldnt help thinking
about that boat captains reaction. All in all, I would not come to St
Maarten to dive. But if you are coming anyway, get wet and make the best of
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