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 operators, a dive shop, and at least 11 different dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shop worth considering are provided 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're ready to go diving, you can check with 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 are situated in Simpson Bay.

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 third 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 to dive with them and they will take you to some of the best places in Sint Maarten for seeing and getting close to fish and other marine life. They're found within Simpson Bay.

Some key facts concerning the area's dive operators are provided in the following chart.

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 Simpson Bay

Dive Services

The chart directly below provides the typical cost of 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

A few key facts regarding some of the area's dive sites are shown below.

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 "old pros" and beginners, check out our detailed Caribbean scuba diving article.


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