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Dive Review of Dive Adventures/N/A in
St. Maarten

Dive Adventures/N/A, Jan, 2006,

by Marc, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 2263.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All California, Hawaii, Mexico, Cozumel, Honduras, Bonaire, Saba...
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back to the boat with 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments We went to St Maarten knowing that the diving was poor, but since this was a family vacation first, we had to set diving as a lower priority. It was windy during our trip and so the visibility and diving were on hold the first few days. We used Dive Adventures for our dive excursions and they did a good job. They were helpful and attentive, but I would like to see a happier group. There boats were comfortable and covered. Visibility was about 50 feet; there was a lot of turbidity in the water, but all in all, it was dive-able. The fish life was sparse and the coral looked like it took a beating in the last hurricane (1999), but was recovering. I was chatting with my brother-in-law during our surface interval. I commented to him that St Maarten could really use some fish management. What fish we saw were all small. The captain, a local, barged in and said that fishing was here a lot longer than diving and that the fish life was fine. Obviously here lies there problem. I tried to explain this to him, but he would not listen. Its too bad, because I think St Maarten could have a chance with divers. We did see a nurse shark and I had a close encounter with a Caribbean Reef Shark. That saved the dive, but I couldnt help thinking about that boat captains reaction. All in all, I would not come to St Maarten to dive. But if you are coming anyway, get wet and make the best of it.
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