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Dive Review of Ocean Explorers Dive Center/Simpson Bay in
St. Maarten

Ocean Explorers Dive Center/Simpson Bay: "Ocean Explorers, SXM", Apr, 2017,

by Chip Wright, KY, US ( 1 report). Report 9540.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All 3 USVI, all 3 Caymans, Guam, Chuuk, Kosrae, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 70 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Don't be a diver who is a dumbass.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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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 I'm an airline pilot, and I got snowed into SXM for 4 days during the March snow storm (rough life, I know), so the other pilot and I decided to do some diving. We stayed in the Simpson Bay resort, but their boats were full, so we asked them for a recommendation for a shop, and they recommended OE, which is a short walk away.

The shop is small, minimal, and rustic, but the staff was great. Originally, they were full as well, and we asked for their own recommendations for a place to go. They recommended our hotel (we hadn't told them where we were staying). It's always good--reassuring--to see shops honestly recommend each other. Alternatively, when we asked a place or two to avoid, OE gave us a few names (I don't recall them).

Turns out, some spots opened up due to all of the flight cancellations, an ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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