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.
There are several dive services, a dive shop, and at least 11 good dive sites to choose from.
The dive shop you'll be able to find are displayed directly below.
|The Scuba Shop||Dive Shop//12577||(721) 545-3213||0 mi. North of Central Simpson Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
If you're ready to go diving, you might want to 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 located in Simpson Bay.
Another good 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. They can be reached at (721) 544-2640.
A third option is Dive Safaris. While Dive Safaris offers basic open water dives and a host of PADI certification courses, what most people want to know about is the fact that they specialize in shark awareness dives. Here you will learn all about these majestic creatures and be lead to an area where sharks are common. They're situated in Simpson Bay.
Some information regarding the area's dive operators are shown in this chart:
|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|
Take a moment to read the following table for an indication of what typical dive services cost in this area.
|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|
Take a moment to read the following chart to see details regarding some of the area's major dive sites.
|Very Good||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||100.0||18.0250212619||-63.1146430993|
|--||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||360.0||18.0166960041||-63.1211662316|
|Very Good||Open Water / CMAS *||90.0||18.034162268||-63.1330108666|
For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this exhaustive Caribbean diving article.
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