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.  

You'll find dive operators dive operators, a dive shop, and at least 6 good dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shop you'll be able to find are summarized right 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 dive, you can 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 situated in Philipsburg.

Another good option is Dive Adventures. Yes, you can sign up for anyone of the typical PADI dive courses, daily open water dives, and even night dives with Dive Adventures. On-island guests can depart from Simpson Bay Resort, and cruise ship passengers from Divi Little Bay, closer to the cruise port. They can be reached at (721) 544-2640.

Check the following chart to obtain information about dive service operators.

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

The following chart lists the typical cost of 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

The chart just below lists some key facts concerning some of the area's better-known 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

To learn more concerning diving, including suggestions and helpful tips skilled divers as well as beginners, check out this extensive guide to scuba diving in the Caribbean.


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