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Dive Review of Ocean Explorers/Royal Islander Club in
St. Maarten/42025

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Gary W Brown, KY, United States
Report Number 2543
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cabo, Bonaire, Belize, Salt Cay, Grand Turk
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to boat with 700psi or 40 minutes although most dives were 50
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
2 stars    
We found St. Martin to be a beautiful and friendly island. There are some
great beaches and wonderful places to eat. Try Lee's in Simpson Bay for a
great and reasonable lunch. Walk out to the waters edge and see the school
of taropn waiting to be fed chicken scraps. I recommend renting a car to
see all of the island. We were not expecting great diving here based on
reader reports. We dove with LeRoy French of Ocean Explorers in Simpson
Bay. LeRoy is a nice fellow with an interesting dive shop. Their boat is
somewhat small and a little awkward to manuver about when filled with gear.
Although they list several interesting dive sites we were taken to some of
the closer ones partly due to rough seas. I would certainly not go to St.
Martin just for the diving. Howerer, if you are going please give Ocean
Explorers a try. They made a special effort to make my wifes 100 dive a
memorable one. You may want to stay some distance from the airport as the
planes and the late night music from a couple of beach bars can get a
little old.
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