have long recognized the Caribbean as one of the world's best
diving venues. Its warm, shallow waters create ideal conditions,
and St. Maarten's diving is true to the good reputation of the
region as a whole. Water temperatures average a comfortable 70
degrees F (21 C), while visibility ranges between 75 and 125
feet (22-37 m).
The islands reefs are rich and often located
close to shore, accessible to snorkelers as well as divers. The
best snorkeling spots are off Little Bay Beach, Dawn Beach, and
Maho Bay. Certified divers can rent tanks and equipment from watersport
shops throughout the island. Beginners can take advantage of lessons
from experienced professionals. Many of the island's resorts have
scuba facilities on site.
of the most popular dive sites is the wreck of the British man-of-war
HMS Proselyte, which sank in 1801. Today its haunting remains lie
atop a reef a mile south of Great Bay. Another common destination
is the freighter Teigland, sunk deliberately on Cable Reef in 1993.
It has already begun to attract animal life and underwater vegetation.
Dive Safaris in Philipsburg
Dive Safaris in Simpson Bay
Ocean Explorers Dive Centre
Simpson Bay Beach
Phone and Fax: 5995- 445252
Great Bay Marina
Pointe Blanche Philipsburg