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Dive Review of Ocean Explorers Dive Center in
St. Maarten/dutch side of the island

Ocean Explorers Dive Center: "the very best dive operation!", Oct, 2018,

by don buswell-charkow, FL, US ( 2 reports). Report 10596.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The best dive company I have ever been scuba diving with and I've been diving since 1994! My wife and I have over 700 dives each and have been diving all over the world. We came to St Maarten because we needed to use a week of our time share in Grand Cayman that we had been unable to use due to family issues and were looking for some place different to go. We came with low expectations and just wanting to "blow some bubbles and have a good time". Little did we realize that we were about to discover one of the all time best dive masters. Jefferson (who owns the company and runs the show) is originally from Brazil. I have NEVER met a more observant dive master in my life.My wife and I both dive with minimal weights. We hadn't been diving in two years because of life issues and thought we would would each add one pound just so there would be no issues getting down. After our first dive, Jefferson told us that we were both diving with too much weight. He suggested that I go down one pound to 6 pounds and ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Ocean Explorers Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Extensive diving in the Caribbean, Fiji, Tahiti, and the "Forbidden Island" of Niihau in the Hawaiian Islands.
Closest Airport Princess Juliana Getting There we flew Spirit airlines from Fort Lauderdale. No problems

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-80°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions They prefer that you stay with the dive master. Once the dive is done, ie back at boat, if you want to stay longer, that is fine.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I normally use a Canon camera with underwater housing and flash. For the first time in 24 years I decided that I wouldn't take my camera and would just "enjoy" the divin ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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