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. 

There are several dive services, a dive shop, and at least 11 good dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shop you'll be able to find are displayed directly below.

Dive Shops Near Simpson Bay
Name Type Phone Location Island
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 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

Take a moment to read the following table for an indication of what typical dive services cost 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

Take a moment to read the following chart to see details 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

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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