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Dive Review of Ocean Explorers/Royal Islander Club in
St. Maarten/42025

Ocean Explorers/Royal Islander Club, Jun, 2006,

by Gary W Brown, KY, United States . Report 2543.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments We found St. Martin to be a beautiful and friendly island. There are some great beaches and wonderful places to eat. Try Lee's in Simpson Bay for a great and reasonable lunch. Walk out to the waters edge and see the school of taropn waiting to be fed chicken scraps. I recommend renting a car to see all of the island. We were not expecting great diving here based on reader reports. We dove with LeRoy French of Ocean Explorers in Simpson Bay. LeRoy is a nice fellow with an interesting dive shop. Their boat is somewhat small and a little awkward to manuver about when filled with gear. Although they list several interesting dive sites we were taken to some of the closer ones partly due to rough seas. I would certainly not go to St. Martin just for the diving. Howerer, if you are going please give Ocean Explorers a try. They made a special effort to make my wifes 100 dive a memorable one. You may want to stay some distance from the airport as the planes and the late night music from a couple of beach bars can get a little old.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cabo, Bonaire, Belize, Salt Cay, Grand Turk
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 82-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-70 Ft/ 18-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Return to boat with 700psi or 40 minutes although most dives were 50 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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