Scuba Diving Near Philipsburg

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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 two dive services, a dive shop, and at least 6 good dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shop worth considering are displayed in the following table.

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

If you want to go diving, you might want to contact Sea Trek Helmet Diving. Take a unique twist on diving with the Sea Trek Helmet Diving experience. With no diving certificate necessary, this is great option for anyone wanting to explore the ocean floor without dedicating the time and money necessary for scuba diving. They are located within Philipsburg.

A second 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.

A few details regarding area dive operators are shown below.

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

Look through this table for an indication of what typical dive services cost 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

The following chart provides some key facts concerning some of the area's major dive sites.

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

For more information about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips skilled divers as well as beginners, read our exhaustive guide to diving in the Caribbean.


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