Scuba Diving Near Philipsburg

Photo credit © Sea Trek Helmet Diving

Although it has long been a popular dive site, Philipburg is best known these days for its dive centers which regularly host shark dives, allowing adventurous divers to get up close and personal with the animal that haunts so many nightmares.  

There are a couple of dive operators, a dive shop, and at least 6 different dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shop worth considering can be seen directly below.

Dive Shops Near Philipsburg
Name Type Phone Location Island
The Scuba Shop at Captain Oliver's Marina Dive Shop//12577 (721) 586-5339 Oyster Pond, 3.1 mi. Northeast of Central Philipsburg the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Sea Trek Helmet Diving

If you're ready to take the plunge, you might want to check with Sea Trek Helmet Diving. With Sea Trek Helmet Diving, guests will wear a large helmet that is connected to air supply that makes it easy to breathe normally. Guests will be able to walk along the sea floor, and enjoy all the sights of the ocean. They are found in Philipsburg.

Another option is Dive Adventures. From PADI training to daily open water dives, Dive Adventures handles all of your scuba diving needs with ease. They even have Nitrox enriched air tanks for Nitrox certified divers. You can call them at (721) 544-2640.

Review the following chart for a list of diving services in the area.

Dive Operators Near Philipsburg
Name Phone Location
Dive Adventures (721) 544-2640 Simpson Bay, 2.8 mi. West of Central Philipsburg
Sea Trek Helmet Diving (721) 520-2346 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg

Dive Services

Be sure to look at the following table for information concerning the approximate cost of typical dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 80.0 $ 90.0
Double Tank Dive $ 90.0 $ 100.0
Night Dive $ 60.0 $ 75.0
Open Water Certification $ 400.0 $ 515.0
Single Tank Dive $ 50.0 $ 65.0

Dive Sites

Details concerning some of the area's major dive sites are provided in the following chart.

Dive Sites Near Philipsburg
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Current Latitude Longitude
Cable Reef Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 75.0 1-2 knots 18.0064113189 -63.0569648766
Explorer's Reef -- -- 52.0 -- 18.0067378261 -63.0464935326
Fort Amsterdam -- -- 26.0 -- 18.0134310698 -63.0631446862
Hen and Chicks Good All Divers 68.9 < 1 knot 18.0078805964 -63.0331039452
Shark Hotel -- -- 52.0 -- 18.0083703529 -63.0492401146
The Maze -- -- -- -- 18.0072275857 -63.0526733422

To learn more about diving, including useful tips and suggestions for both beginners and experienced divers, read this detailed discussion of diving in the Caribbean.


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