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Dive Review of aqua mania adventures/simpson bay resort in
St. Maarten

aqua mania adventures/simpson bay resort, Sep, 2013,

by richard broome, al, usa ( 1 report). Report 7387.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We had very good dive trip with great weather and mostly flat calm seas. We can't guarantee anything of course but, we saw sharks on all 10 dives along with turtles, barracudas, stingrays, morays, lionfish, scorpion fish and puffers. We dove wrecks and reefs and were pleasantly surprised how good the diving was. Much better than we expected. It's not Cayman diving but it was good, easy and saw lots of critters. Boat crew were great and took care of our needs. Depths were average 60-65 feet so only complaint was we always came up with air to spare, but there were others whom were out so no problem, we got our share. The dive master allowed us to enter and exit water first and last so we averaged around 55 minutes per dive. We were satisfied and would return. Topside was good, lots of good restaurants and bars and you have to go to Sunset Beach Bar and watch the airplanes land and take off. Cool! Prices are about what you'd expect on an island but not too pricey.
Websites aqua mania adventures   simpson bay resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, palau, Truk Lagoon, Yap, Cayman Islands, Roatan, Belize, Bonaire, Bahamas, Cuba, Cozumel,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-65 Ft/ 15-20 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions There was some time limits of 45-50 minutes but after the dive master saw how we dove they were comfortable letting us go in 1st and get out last so as to let us dive more of our profile. Maximum depth was 72', with 65' being the norm. We always came up with air so we were satisfied with dive times.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments We aren't photographers but there was only a rinse bucket on the boat. There was tables at the dock to set up gear and cameras.
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