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Scuba diving in Sint Maarten

Diving in Sint Maarten is a colorful treat. Most sites are shallow and easily accessible. Divers can expect to see fascinating rock formations, shipwrecks and a variety of colorful sea life.
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Diving in Sint Maarten

Quick facts

The area offers about 17 dive sites around the south and southeast sides of the island. On most maps, more dive sites appear, but many are now unused due to damage caused by coral bleaching or hurricanes. The sites still accessible are generally quite shallow. Typically max depths don’t reach 60 feet (18 meters), making this a wonderful island for those practicing their first bubbles. The environments are a mix of wrecks, both intentionally and unintentionally sunk, old coral reefs and encrusted rocks.

There are approximately 10 wreck sites around this side of the island, but the most famous is the HMS Proselyte which reached its final resting place in 1801. Before sinking, this ship was a part of the Dutch Royal Navy. In 1796, the crew mutinied and turned the ship over to the British Royal Navy which it served until 1801. This wreck is now found in the Proselyte Reef. Because it was a wooden ship, the only artifacts remaining are the canons and anchors, which are today encrusted by corals.

While there are many colorful coral reefs surrounding St. Maarten, some of the reef sites are actually rock formations encrusted with coral, hydroids and sponges. In particular, the Proselyte Reef was created by lava flows off the island’s volcanoes. In other areas, the old coral reefs were damaged by hurricanes that ravaged the area in the 1990s and 2000s. Today the old and dead reefs are covered by new coral growth, indicating a healthy recovery.

Diving on Saint Maarten is not limited to the 17 dive-able sites surrounding the island. Dive operators may also travel to Saba, Statia, Anguilla and St. Barts for additional diving opportunities. Divers can expect warm tropical waters which range from 79-82°F (26-28°C) and variable visibility depending on the site.

Sint Maarten is the perfect destination for learning new SCUBA skills while enjoying colorful underwater environments and a memorable vacation above the water.

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USD 1,795Per trip
USD 2,845Per trip
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Pricing on request

What to see

From big to small, the marine life found around St. Maarten runs the gamut. Divers regularly see sting rays, spotted eagle rays, moray eels, sea turtles, reef sharks, lobsters, sergeant majors, trumpet fish, blue tangs, blue chromis, barracudas, tarpon, filefish, flying gurnard, snake eels, nurse sharks, hundreds of reef fish and a variety of macro life. Habitats for these species include colorful soft corals, gorgonians, hydroids, sponges and lava rocks.

You’re sure to see a huge variety of marine life on this Caribbean island, so make your next dive adventure into St. Maarten’s warm waters.


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