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Dive Review of Ocean Explorers Dive Center/N/A in
St. Maarten/Simpson Bay Beach

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Basch, NJ, US (1 report)
Report Number 5863
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Sodwana Bay (South Africa), Cape Town (South Africa), Marathon Key
(Florida), Hawaii 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum seabed depth was 95 feet, bottom time restricted to 40 mins on
deeper dives, 60 mins on shallow dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
There was plenty of opportunity for pictures. Jef or one of the divemasters
always had a camera and took great pictures of all the divers with octopus,
shark, porcupine fish, stingray, moray eel, barracuda, wreck or coral as
opportunity permitted.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Jef and Lucianna run a tight ship with a very well stocked dive store and
professional, friendly and well trained divemasters. They were very
accommodating when I needed to change my schedule and even held up one dive
for 30 minutes, allowing my dive buddy and I to still go on our dive after
getting stuck in uncharacteristic island traffic. 
Diving during the off season meant that there were no more than 5 divers on
an outing, although they can take up to a maximum of 8 divers on either of
their boats. The small number makes for an intimite group and allows Jef
and his divemasters to provide personal attention to everyone on the dive.

The staff are all avid conservationists and seem to know their dive sites
very well. They seemed to take pleasure in passing on knowledge, like how
to find an octopus or where to look for banded shrimp and lobsters, and
where the local Moray eels lurk.

Jef doesn't need to use a GPS -  he knows where to find the reefs and
wrecks - including some that only he can locate, and also knows when to
dive on which based on the prevailing conditions. The shark dive he took us
on was absolutely fantastic! Who knew that reef sharks were as playfull as

The rental equipment Ocean Explorers provide as part of their package is
top notch. The rental also includes fins and wetsuits. I regret having had
to lug my own wetsuit, fins and booties around the island with me (anything
left in a locked car tends to disappear).

To conclude, I had a really good time diving with Ocean Explorers in St
Maarten. I will recommend them to anyone wanting a quality diving
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