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

Ocean Explorers, Apr, 2012,

by Adam Dorfman, CO, US ( 1 report). Report 6536.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida, Belize, Caymans, Cozumel, GBR, Coral Sea, New Jersey, Utah, Colorado
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come up with 500PSI, othwise dive your computer. No babysitting but safe.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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