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

Dive Safaris/Wyndham Sapphire, Feb, 2007,

by tom nagle, ND, USA . Report 3173.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving all over
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments excellent opportunities for shark photos.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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