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Best Snorkel and Dive Spots on St Maarten

By Viator, November 2014

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St. Martin and St. Maarten have some amazing dive sights, known throughout the Caribbean for the peaceful waters and abundance of shipwrecks. People come here to enjoy the thousands upon thousands of brightly colored fish, spot brilliant coral, and play with larger sea animals like eagle rays and sea turtles. In general, the French side of the island (St. Martin) has better snorkeling, but St. Maarten offers fantastic diving opportunities.

Take, for example, the old Simpson Bay Bridge off of St. Maarten. Surrounded by three sunken sailboats, this structure is now teaming with underwater life, and is a great spot to dive. Lobsters, sea turtles, stingrays, live coral, and even the odd reef shark hide within the walls of this expansive wreckage, and divers who visit these waters usually wish they two-tank dove – there’s so much to see.

Teigland is another sunken ship dive spot where huge fish dart around the clear Caribbean water and large eagle rays gracefully fly through the water. Nearby you’ll also find an abundance of coral which play host to hundreds of fish species and make great underwater photography subjects.

Snorkelers often enjoy trips to Baie Rouge and Happy Bay – two snorkel spots on the French Side that are just offshore from a busy beach. Snorkel the right side of the beach and follow the cliffs for great viewing, but just be careful of the tidal surge.

Other snorkel spots involve jumping aboard a sailboat and exploring the pristine offshore beaches, sandbars, and snorkel spots. Creole Rock is a particularly nice visit and the calm waters here make for great visibility. Spot pufferfish, barracuda, and maybe even the elusive frogfish!

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Small-Group Day Sail in St Maarten

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Sail in the Caribbean paradise of St Maarten on a 5-hour cruise including homemade lunch and unlimited drinks from a top shelf open bar. Relax on a cushioned ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.99

St Maarten Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Take to the water on a comprehensive speedboat tour of St Maarten, with several snorkeling stops included in your 6-hour excursion. Snorkel at Creole Rock, ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.99

St Maarten Sailing and Snorkeling Tour: Tintamarre Island, Creole Rock and Lunch in Grand Case

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Sail around the island of St Maarten on a full-day cruise with lunch included. On a spacious catamaran, you’ll sail to the neighboring island of Tintamarre, ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99

St Maarten Catamaran Snorkel Sail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Set sail for a full day at sea in St Maarten You'll spend a leisurely day in true Caribbean style, relaxing on a deserted island, going for a snorkel and ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.99

Discover Scuba in St Maarten

Take the plunge into the underwater world of St Maarten on this scuba diving adventure for beginners -- a perfect introduction! Ease into the calm and clear ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.99

Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten: Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling at Shoal Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Enjoy a full day of sand and sea in Anguilla, sailing aboard a spacious catamaran from St Maarten. You’ll cruise with a fun and friendly crew to Cove Bay and ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $144.99

St Maarten Gourmet Sailing and Snorkel Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy smooth sailing from St Maarten, and dine on a gourmet lunch as you cruise in the Caribbean. Aboard a luxurious schooner with an expert crew, you’ll sail ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.99

Snorkel Tour from St Martin

Snorkel your way through different seascapes around the northern end of St Martin. On a half-day tour from Grand Case, swim alongside sea turtles and colorful ...  Read more

Location: St Martin (St Maarten)
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.99

St Maarten Scuba Diving for Certified Divers

St Maarten has a wealth of dive sites to explore with many wrecks and reefs for PADI certified scuba divers to enjoy. Dive into the warm and inviting waters ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $102.99

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