Scuba Diving Near Simpson Bay

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Most of the prime diving sites that Simpson Bay is known for are too far off the coast for shore dives, so open water dives are the way to go.  Fortunately, there is a handful of dive operators in the area ready to not only host these dive excursions, but train new divers on how to do it. 

You'll find several dive services, a dive shop, and at least 11 interesting dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shop available are displayed here:

Dive Shops Near Simpson Bay
Name Type Phone Location Island
The Scuba Shop Dive Shop//12577 (721) 545-3213 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Simpson Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Dive Adventures

If you want to go diving, you should consider 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 Divi Little Bay, while cruise ship passengers can depart with ease from Dock Maarten Marina, closer to the cruise port. They are located within southeastern Simpson Bay.

Another good option is Ocean Explorers. In addition to offering guests great dives of the diverse aquatic ecosystem of Sint Maarten, Ocean Explorers specialize in Shark Awareness Dives which allow guests to learn more about the area's sharks and dive in densely populated areas where sharks are common. They can be reached at (721) 544-5252.

A third good option is Dive Safaris. Dive Safaris is run by Henry and Helmie Franken, two divers who have traveled the world diving wherever they could. Take the opportunity to dive with them and they will take you to some of the best places in Sint Maarten where you will be able to see fish and other marine life up close. They're located in Simpson Bay.

Look through this table to obtain information about the area's dive operators.

Dive Operators Near Simpson Bay
Name Phone Location
Dive Adventures (721) 544-2640 0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Simpson Bay
Dive Safaris (721) 545-2401 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Simpson Bay
Ocean Explorers (721) 544-5252 0.6 mi. Southeast of Central Simpson Bay

Dive Services

Look through the chart below for information concerning the approximate cost of typical dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 65.0 $ 90.0
Double Tank Dive $ 95.0 $ 110.0
Night Dive $ 74.0 $ 78.0
Open Water Certification $ 425.0 $ 460.0
Single Tank Dive $ 50.0 $ 65.0

Dive Sites

Check the table just below to see some information regarding some of the area's major dive sites.

Dive Sites Near Simpson Bay
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Carib-Ghost -- -- 66.0 18.014247324 -63.0779075646
Charlie's Shoal -- -- 54.0 18.0274697922 -63.1040000939
D.B. Reef -- -- 66.0 18.0232256513 -63.0959320092
Dom's Reef -- -- 60.0 18.0155532909 -63.0900955223
French Reef -- -- 33.0 18.0197976167 -63.0856323265
Isabela Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 100.0 18.0250212619 -63.1146430993
Moon Scape -- -- 40.0 18.0162062708 -63.101768496
Pastaga Deep -- Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 360.0 18.0166960041 -63.1211662316
Porpoise Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 90.0 18.034162268 -63.1330108666
Samson's Reef -- -- 54.0 18.0237153651 -63.1079483056
The Sister -- -- 100.0 18.0294285919 -63.110866549

To learn more concerning diving, including helpful suggestions and tips for both beginners and experienced divers, check out our exhaustive guide to scuba diving in the Caribbean.


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