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Dive Review of Ocean Explorers in
St. Maarten/Dutch

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Drumstas, Ma, USA
Report Number 2873
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
extensively throughout Carribean, Mexico, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time and depth monitored but when observed to be good divers bottom time
extended to surface with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
There was not any rinse buckets on board as the boat was for 6-8 ppl.The
surface intervals short as the dives were relatively shallow 40-70 fsw.
Brought own water bottle to rinse between dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
St Maarten is not considered a premier dive destination by many divers but
there is plenty of fish life and coral to keep you interested for your
dives. Ocean Explorers is owned and operated by Leroy French, NAUI #50,that
alone should tell you something. He has been on St Maarten for 25+ years
and knows a good portion of the U/W sites and critters. The dive boat is on
the small side but that means good service and attention paid to each
diver. We had a mix of fairly new ,to us , at the 500+ dive mark , and all
were happy at the conclusion of the dives. Lots of healthy coral and an
abundence of fish life on all sites. also spotted was some of the largest
carribean lobster that I have ever seen. Diving was conducted in a group
setting but Leroy let us wander and take photos away from the pack. We also
had our bottom time extended as our air consumption is fairly good.Fishlife
seen -  scorpionfish, lots of southern rays, grunts, squirrel fish,
morays-green and spotted, jackknife-fish, barracuda,angels and
butterfly-fish.The usual host of Carribean fish but lots of them. The reef
system seemed healthier than it did 6 years ago when we were here last. We
stayed at the Divi resort and that also is in better shape than last time
with a number of improvement in the condition of the rooms to the resort
amenities. St Maatin is a great place to vacation as the island is
reasonably priced when it comes to food and goods. The diving though not
spectacular was fun and provided some good photo shots. Leroy 
French is a great person to dive with as his demeanor is laid back but at
the same time he makes sure that all on board have a safe dive. I would
recommend his operation to all that visit St Maartin. 
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