Scuba Diving Near Sint Maarten

Two of the most popular pastimes in the Caribbean can't be missed in St. Maarten

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Tourists flock to Sint Maarten with hopes of taking advantage of the crystal clear waters that lend themselves to excellent underwater visibility, and warm weather that translates to warm waters. Whatever the reasoning behind your choosing to scuba dive in St. Maarten, an amazing undersea adventure awaits you in the waters that surround this island.

You'll find 5 dive services, some dive shops, and at least 22 different dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops you'll be able to find can be seen directly below.

Dive Shops Near Sint Maarten
Name Phone Location
The Scuba Shop (721) 545-3213 2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette
The Scuba Shop at Captain Oliver's Marina (721) 586-5339 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Oyster Pond
Scuba Fun

If you're looking forward to diving, you should consider Scuba Fun. Looking to dive the waters of Sint Maarten? Scuba Fun Dive Center is the one-stop place for all of your diving needs. They are found in Point Blanche.

A second 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. You can call them at (721) 544-5252.

Still another option is 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 cruise ship passengers from Divi Little Bay, closer to the cruise port. They're located in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten.

The table right below enables you to get some information concerning the area's dive operators.

Dive Operators Near Sint Maarten
Name Phone Location
Dive Adventures (721) 544-2640 0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Simpson Bay
Dive Safaris (721) 545-2401 2.3 mi. South of Central Marigot
Ocean Explorers (721) 544-5252 Simpson Bay
Scuba Fun (721) 542-3966 Point Blanche
Sea Trek Helmet Diving (721) 520-2346 Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten

Dive Services

Check this table 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 $ 90.0 $ 110.0
Night Dive $ 60.0 $ 78.0
Open Water Certification $ 400.0 $ 515.0
Single Tank Dive $ 50.0 $ 65.0

Dive Sites

The following table lists some information concerning some of the area's better-known dive sites.

Dive Sites Near Sint Maarten
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Current Latitude Longitude
Cable Reef Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 75.0 1-2 knots 18.0064113189 -63.0569648766
Carib-Ghost -- -- 66.0 -- 18.014247324 -63.0779075646
Charlie's Shoal -- -- 54.0 -- 18.0274697922 -63.1040000939
Cowboy Reef -- -- 23.0 -- 18.0163695154 -63.0758476281
D.B. Reef -- -- 66.0 -- 18.0232256513 -63.0959320092
Dom's Reef -- -- 60.0 -- 18.0155532909 -63.0900955223
Explorer's Reef -- -- 52.0 -- 18.0067378261 -63.0464935326
Fish Bowl -- -- 59.0 -- 18.0033094707 -63.0301857018
Fort Amsterdam -- -- 26.0 -- 18.0134310698 -63.0631446862
Hen and Chicks Good All Divers 68.9 < 1 knot 18.0078805964 -63.0331039452
Hvalp-Wreck -- -- 60.0 -- 18.0111456136 -63.067607882
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
Pelican Rock -- -- 52.5 -- 18.0192432663 -63.0188655853
Proselyte Excellent All Divers 44.9 Negligible 18.0096763634 -63.0631446862
Samson's Reef -- -- 54.0 -- 18.0237153651 -63.1079483056
Shark Hotel -- -- 52.0 -- 18.0083703529 -63.0492401146
The Alleys -- -- 59.0 -- 18.0018401551 -63.045291903
The Maze -- -- -- -- 18.0072275857 -63.0526733422
The Sister -- -- 100.0 -- 18.0294285919 -63.110866549
Time Tunel -- -- 66.0 -- 18.0013503805 -63.0384254479

To learn more concerning diving, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read this detailed discussion of scuba diving in the Caribbean.

 

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