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Dive Review of Scuba Fun Dive Center/Pasanggrahan Hotel in
St. Maarten

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (62 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5857
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Solomon Islands, GBR, Palau, Yap, Kosrae, Galapagos, Fiji,
Vanuatu, Revillagigedos, All over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Scuba Fun primarily caters to cruise ship divers many of whom have limited
diving experience and are on a tight schedule. Bottom times were limited to
no more than 45 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No dockside camera rinse or table. Dive boat had no camera table but did
have a small rinse bucket that could not accommodate all of the cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
2 stars    
The diving off of St. Maarten is very average and the weather conditions
due to Hurricane Tomas made the conditions less than average.
We had relatively poor viz with lots of surge and surface chop. Getting
back on the boat was a real adventure. The boat did not throw out a surface
 line. The boat captain was a bit too aggressive  for the conditions and as
a result the boat listed terribly to the starboard side with the camera
bucket crashing to the deck. One of my strobe arms was damaged.

Most of the divers are from cruise ships (I was not) and as result, the
dive sites and bottom times are limited.

I did 3 days of diving before boarding the Caribbean Explorer for the trip
to Saba and St. Kitt. It is doubtful that I will dive St. Maarten again.
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