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Dive Review of Dive Safaris/Atrium in
St. Maarten/Simpson Bay

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Joseph Williams C., SC, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5624
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Most of Caribbean, Mexico, Baja and Pacific coast Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Short dive time the first day, due to low experience of other divers on
trip, then we dove our own computer profises.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Minimal on-board Photog. equipment, (separate rinse for cameras only), but
Dive Safari went out of their way to point out good photo ops, including
videos of sharks!  Got some of my best ever.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Stayed at the Atrium, located on Simpson Bay nestled on the beach with 3
decent dive operations nearby.  Our desire was to dive with Ocean
Explorers, walking distance with gear from the hotel, but they didn't
receive/respond to my E-mail requests, and were booked almost solid for the
week.  Turns out they have only one older boat in operation at this time,
and may not have been my best choice.  
  The Scuba Shop is on the main street within a mile from the Atrium, and
is home to Dive Safari. These folks have a good Catamaran hull dive boat,
provided water and juice only.  Dive sites are nearby, with well-maintained
twin engines and GPS to get the group there.  Dive Safari has top-notch
instruction/certification business on the island, and were doing advanced
skills for divers as well as guided recreational dives.  Keep in mind this
was the slow season for them, and should you come in a busy time, they will
have small groups of divers together at the same skill levels, with their
two boats in operation.
  The Atrium is about the oldest "resort hotel" on the island,
but has been maintained well, and is a popular place because of its
location.   No restaurant,but severalgood ones nearby.  They are on the
beach, and have a pool and kids pool. Rent a car and see the island.  Duty
free shopping is a must, as well as the beach in Phillipsburg.
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