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.
The dive shop worth considering are displayed in the following table.
|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 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|
Look through this table for an indication of what typical dive services cost in this area.
|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|
The following chart provides some key facts concerning some of the area's major dive sites.
|Very Good||Open Water / CMAS *||75.0||1-2 knots||18.0064113189||-63.0569648766|
|Good||All Divers||68.9||< 1 knot||18.0078805964||-63.0331039452|
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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