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Dive Review of Dive Safaris in
St. Maarten/Phillipsburg

Dive Safaris, Sep, 2007,

by Don Winchester, NC, Iredell (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3671.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Dove as shore excursion from Disney Wonder cruise ship. Visted the 18th century HMS Proselyte's cannons, anchors and other debris, an unidentified, steel hulled wreck and several coral outcrops. Second tank was on the Maze. Dive Master pointed out several lobster and other critters. A small sea turtle came floating out of the depths and accompanied us for a few minutes. Numerous small fish and small schools, barrel sponges and a nice elkhorn coral were present but not in the quanities I expected. Unfortunately, according to the dive crew, the vis was apparently down after currents pulled the murk stirred up by a hurricane that crossed the southern Caribbean the prevous week.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Tortola; St. Thomas; Grand Caymen; Isla de Utila; Roatan; Belize; Mahahual, Costa Maya; Crystal River, FL; Blue Grotto, FL; Rainbow River, FL: Crystal River, FL; EPCOT, Walt Disney World; Lake Norman (NC) Quarry.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divers were expected to stay in general group vicinity but Dive Master did not rush individuals out of the water once wreck tour was completed. However, divers were expected to return with minimum of 500 psi in tank.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small bucket for Cameras. No camera table.
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