Snorkeling Around Oyster Pond

Oyster Pond is one place that does not have any notable snorkeling sites along St. Maarten's coast; however, just a few minutes of travel time by car and you'll be in the presence of one of the most talked about beaches for snorkeling.

It is nearby Dawn Beach Snorkel that most visitors turn to when they are looking for a quick and easy day of snorkeling near Oyster Pond.  You can swim out just a few yards from the shore and encounter a wonderful reef teeming with life.

If you'd like to explore more of Sint Maarten's waters, you'll generally find most areas to be ideal for snorkeling with waters that range in temperature from 77 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and visibility that is anywhere from 60 to 100 feet deep.  The government's work to protect the underwater world has also aided in ensuring the health of the reef systems that surround the island as well as the sea creatures that dwell in them.  

If snorkeling Dawn Beach Snorkel isn't enough for you, you can take things even further by signing up for a snorkeling tour with a local watersports shop or tour guide.  There are several small islands and cays off the coast of Sint Maarten where the snorkeling is said to be even better than what you'll find near the shore.  There is even a designated snorkeling park at one of these isles.

Snorkeling Sites

If you want to experience what's down below you might want to visit Ilet Pinel. There are three main snorkeling areas on the south side of this island: a shallow area near the dock, the beach, and a designated snorkeling trail. The snorkeling trail is actually not considered to be one of the better sites in the area, and the beach is devoid of coral. This snorkeling site is situated easily reached by taxi North of central Oyster Pond.

Ilet Pinel is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. Thanks to its strong current, this site is one that is only recommended for strong swimmers and advanced snorkelers. If you can swing it, you'll be treated to a unique underwater habitat that features corals that bend to the will of the water. Be on the lookout for fire coral and sea urchins and steer clear.

A third place to consider is Cul de Sac Bay. Surrounding an undeveloped island are numerous marine habitats to be explored. Hard corals are covered in soft corals, fish hide in boulders and seagrass, and because so much of it is shallow, snorkelers will have a ball here. Fish you may encounter include scorpionfish, parrotfish, and trumpetfish.

A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is Dawn Beach. A reef runs parallel to the beach, and you can paddle out and see schools of fish swimming about when the current is calm. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site found in southern Oyster Pond.

Some basic information concerning 6 of the best places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed directly below.

Snorkeling Sites Near Oyster Pond
Site Location Island
Dawn Beach 0.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Oyster Pond the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Green Cay 2.4 mi. North of Central Oyster Pond the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Orient Beach 2.7 mi. North of Central Oyster Pond the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Ilet Pinel None, 3.5 mi. North of Central Oyster Pond
Ilet Pinel None, 3.5 mi. North of Central Oyster Pond
Cul de Sac Bay French Cul-de-Sac, 3.6 mi. North of Central Oyster Pond the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you should check out Scuba Fun. This dive center is ideally located just moments from the cruise ship terminal, snorkelers can ride along with friends who are diving, or they can sign up for an afternoon snorkeling tour. They are found within Philipsburg, easily reached by taxi South West of central Oyster Pond.

A second place that offers snorkeling related services is Octopus Diving. All snorkeling charters include a professional boat captain and snorkeling guide, your gear, water, and snacks. The half day trip takes guests to Creole Rock, Turtle Reef, and Happy Bay; while the Full Day trip takes guests to those sites, plus Tintamarre Island and Pinel Island for lunch.

Some details regarding a couple of companies that provide snorkeling related services are summarized in the following table.

Snorkeling Services Near Oyster Pond
Name Phone Location
Octopus Diving (059) 029-1127 4.2 mi. Northwest of Central Oyster Pond
Scuba Fun (721) 542-3966 3.0 mi. South West of Central Oyster Pond

For more information concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read this exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

While you may not find the best snorkeling options directly in Oyster Pond, you can still make this sport a big part of your getaway by planning to head to some nearby beaches and even take a guided tour of Sint Maarten's best snorkeling sites.  

 

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