Author Topic: St. Maarten Diving  (Read 3955 times)

k9lover5230

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St. Maarten Diving
« on: July 30, 2008, 16:20:14 UTC »
Hi - We are traveling to St. Maarten for the first time this September 6-13 and will be staying on the Dutch side at Pelican Bay Resort. Does anyone have any recommendations on dive shops they have used on the island?

Also we plan to do an excursion over to Saba for some diving. Any recs on that would also be appreciated.

Thanks a bunch!

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Re: St. Maarten Diving
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008, 20:02:05 UTC »
I was there three years ago and dove with Dive Safaris.  They do a great shark dive.  They don' t release a bait ball, but instead, the divemaster feeds each shark. We had about a dozen 6'-8' sharks swim all around the divers. We also flew over to Saba for a day and dove with Sea Saba.  Great operation.  They arranged a driver to pick us up at the airport.  Flying into Saba is a thrill, to say the least.
While doing the your surface interval on St. Maartin check out the bars at the end of the runway at the airport on the beach.  Very entertaining.  The diving is much better on the Dutch side, than the French side.

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Re: St. Maarten Diving
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2008, 22:05:47 UTC »
thanks for the info - we'll check it out!

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Re: St. Maarten Diving
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2008, 11:41:42 UTC »
Just dove at both places within the last 3 weeks.  Did 2 dives in St Martin with Ocean Explorers (located right in Simpson Bay Dutch Side), they were professional and knew the sites very well.  Courteous to everyones ability on the boat and will only take a max of 6 people at a time.  A must see site is the old Simpson Bay Bridge.  They took it apart and sunk it in about 50' of water to create an artificial reef.  If you want to know what it feels like to swim in a fish tank...do this dive.  Remember most of your dives are going to be in the ocean and they don't know exactly what sites they will dive until they get there to see conditions - again very respectful of their customers.  Dove 4 dives in Saba.  Dove with SeaSaba and would definitely recommend them.  Top notch organization, well explained pre dive plan, sites picked out depending upon conditions.  When you arrive at the dock you set your gear down and they do the rest.  If your staying on the island they bring it back to your hotel for you.  If you get a chance on Tent reef to do "Tent Wall"...wait till you see the colors.  Viz was 100+ and the colors were brilliant!  Enjoy!

 

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