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Dive Review of Dive Safaris in
St. Maarten/Phillipsburg

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Don Winchester, NC, Iredell
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Report Number 3671
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Tortola; St. Thomas; Grand Caymen; Isla de Utila; Roatan; Belize; Mahahual,
Costa Maya; Crystal River, FL; Blue Grotto, FL; Rainbow River, FL: Crystal
River, FL; EPCOT, Walt Disney World; Lake Norman (NC) Quarry.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers were expected to stay in general group vicinity but Dive Master did
not rush individuals out of the water once wreck tour was completed.
However, divers were expected to return with minimum of 500 psi in tank.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Small bucket for Cameras. No camera table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Dove as shore excursion from Disney Wonder cruise ship. Visted the 18th
century HMS Proselyte's cannons, anchors and other debris, an unidentified,
steel hulled wreck and several coral outcrops. Second tank was on the Maze.
Dive Master pointed out several lobster and other critters. A small sea
turtle came floating out of the depths and accompanied us for a few
minutes. Numerous small fish and small schools, barrel sponges and a nice
elkhorn coral were present but not in the quanities I expected.
Unfortunately, according to the dive crew, the vis was apparently down
after currents pulled the murk stirred up by a hurricane that crossed the
southern Caribbean the prevous week.
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