Stretching along the north coast of St. Martin, Grand Case Bay is a top destination for snorkeling and scuba diving, with easy access to some of the Caribbean’s most impressive reefs. From wreck dives to diving with sea turtles, here are some of the best scuba dive sites around Grand Case Bay.
Just a 5-minute cruise north, Creole Rock is a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers known for its calm waters and high visibility. Dive in to explore the vibrant corals and look for pufferfish, barracuda, sea turtles, and eagle rays.
A little farther out, the island of Tintamarre is best known for the Tugboat, an intentionally sunken boat accessible to certified divers only. Common sightings include eels and stingrays, and if you’re lucky you might spot a dolphin or two.
With a maximum depth of 30 feet (10 meters), Turtle Reef is suitable for all levels including first-time scuba divers. It’s a prime spot to see hawksbill sea turtles, green turtles, and moray eels, as well as a huge variety of reef fish.
Between St. Martin and tiny Tintamarre Island, Basse Espagnole is another great choice for certified divers, with dramatic coral formations and elkhorn coral. Sightings include reef sharks, juvenile nurse sharks, lobsters, and barracuda.