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Dive Review of Ocean Explorers/Divi Little Bay in
St. Maarten

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Thomas Wiles, ME, US
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Report Number 5771
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Aruba, Cozumel, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, St
Croix, Bahamas, Dominica, Roatan, Utila, Marathon Key, USA 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No more than 110 feet down,   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Just got back from St. Maarten.  Stayed at Divi Little Bay, which was
wonderful and dove with Ocean Explorers.  Lu and Jef, co-owners are
terrific people.  Jef is the most learned DM I've ever dove with.  Tomas
was passing by at quite a distance, so vis was not as good as usual.  I had
always heard diving in St Maarten was not good.  Well, while they done have
great big schools of fish, they do have the things I wants to see.  We saw
turtles, eagle rays, sting rays lots of spotted eels, a nurse shark, crabs,
lobsters, scrawled filefish, morays and lots of wrecks.  No doubt about it,
we will go back and definitely dive Ocean Explorers.  Note one
thing...although they took our BC/tank to the boat and back, we did have to
wade a bit through the water with our fins and mask, to get on the boat. 
There was no dock, but that didn't bother us a bit, as they were very
helpful getting us to the boat and helping us up the ladder, and again, at
the end of the dive, there was always someone to help us wade from the boat
to the shore.  I never did think to ask if they had a dock, before
Hurricane Earl made a mess of their place.  I guess the wading , a bit to
the boat, didn't faze me, and I'm 59 years old.  They have a drying shed,
so you can leave all your stuff there until the next day.  They are not
open Sunday, which really surprised me.  However, the good WAY out weighed
the tiny inconvenience of wading and not being able to dive on Sunday. 
These people are kind, helpful, smart, accommodating and just comfortable
to be around.  I give them highest marks and can't wait to go back! 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
The following list of things may bother many people and that's why I've
included them.  Let it be known, it didn't bother me in the least.  I'm not
a whining diva, who complains about every little thing, but I know that
many people would want to know the following:

There was no camera table or fresh water for cameras, while on the boat. 
There was no dock, so we had to wade to the boat, a few feet.  This may
deter some, but didn't bother me a bit. No towels on boat.  Had bottles of
water for us, but no snacks. Boats were small, carrying only about 5-6
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