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Dive Review of Dive Safaris/Wyndham Sapphire in
St. Maarten/Dutch side

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by tom nagle, ND, USA
Report Number 3173
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
all over
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Shark dive is very structured, as it has to be.   Wreck and reef dives led
by the crew; max bottom time 40 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
excellent opportunities for shark photos.  
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Dive Safaris includes ANY equipment you need in the price.  $70 for the
shark dive, $93 for a 2 tank AM.  The shark dive is well done. About a
dozen in VERY close.  The procedure is explained ahead of time and the dive
very well controlled.  We also did the Carib Cargo wreck and one reef. 
These are only mediocre.  Beginners would do well here, but experienced
divers are not given much freedom. A trip to St. Maarten is only worth it
for the sharks.  
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