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Dive Review of Ocean Explorers in
St. Maarten/Dutch Side

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Adam Dorfman, CO, US (1 report)
Report Number 6536
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Belize, Caymans, Cozumel, GBR, Coral Sea, New Jersey, Utah,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come up with 500PSI, othwise dive your computer. No babysitting but safe.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Not much in the way for camera storage besides a rinse bucket, but the
rides to the dive sites are short and it was not an issue. I was filming HD
video with a rather large housing and it was not a problem.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
This dive operation is excellent! The boats are moored on a beach in front
of the dive shop. You will need to walk some of your gear in the water
(waist deep) to get on the boat. The staff will set up, rinse, dry and
store your gear at the shop if you are diving multiple days. Luciana was
very helpful assisting us with reservations not only for them, but for a
trip over to Saba as well. The staff is very helpful, professional and
friendly. We dove two days of reefs and a shark dive that was great! Again,
this was all done with professionalism. If I were to return to St. Maarten
again, I would look no further then Ocean Frontiers. The diving in St
Maarten is not rated the best, but in my opinion its darn good and with
the curious grey reef sharks that we swam with both on the shark dive and
the reef dives made it special. The corals are in pretty good shape for the
most part. Although the waters were not filled with massive schools of
fish, there was plenty of interesting animal action to be had. We dove Saba
as well and the corals were some of the best Ive seen in the Caribbean in
years. That along with friendly tarpon and again some more reef sharks made
it a very nice side trip. This is a top notch(safe)dive operation.
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