Dive Sint Maarten
Dive Sint Maarten
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Dive Sint Maarten is a full service Scuba Diving center conveniently located in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. We offer casual dives, dive courses and boat tours to a number of spectacular sites, including the famous Man of War Shoal Marine Reserve.
St Martin / St Maarten, Caribbean
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Travelers' Choice
2023
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Michael M
Tampa, FL20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
Imagine having the opportunity to dive nearly every day for a month. Would you do it? I know I did, and it was the best part of this very unmemorable year.>
I had the pleasure of diving with the wonderful crew at Dive St. Maartens. In groups, and a couple dives with just Divemaster Diego and myself. With Captain Willem piloting the Double Dutch through the ocean to all the great dive sites, reefs, and wrecks we saw just about everything a diver looks for; sharks, huge stingrays (and 2 large Eagle Rays), colorful reefs, and my personal favorite, Grandpa Joe, the largest(over 5 ft) and scariest barracuda ever!
The highlight of this month of diving splendor was the "Black Friday 4-tank dive". 12 of us intrepid adventurers from all over the world(well, South Africa, France, Holland, Belgium, and USA) took in the sights of the 4 'hidden secrets' of St. Maarten: Chicken and Hen, Molly Bedard, Cow and Calf, and Pelican Rock. It was a great bunch of divers, the whole trip went without any problems. Weather was great,and everyone had a great time. What other dive company provides everyone with lunch AND cold beer after the dives?
Dive St. Maartens is without a doubt the best dive value on the island. For education as well as recreation. I was AOW certified here in February 2020, and the training I received has served me well since, on dives in Key West, Key Largo, and Myrtle Beach.
Thank you Captain Willem, Divemasters Diego, Julie and Sean.
Looking forward to more dives with my good friends at Dive St. Maartens!!
Written December 8, 2020
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Peggy S
Vegreville, Canada251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We only dove one day with Willem and his team as the weather was cold and rainy. While we were underwater Willem said a squall went through that was so bad he could not see the other dive boat that was just bedside us! He had never seen anything like it before. I have never been so cold diving in my life. The weather was only slightly better the next day so we had to cancel our dive. One thing that he forgot to tell us is that he only takes cash - something to note!
Written March 2, 2020
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Thank you The weather was indeed nothing like we have ever seen before...nature at its best!
Written August 26, 2020
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Vincent R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
My family and I have been diving in St Maarten for more than 15yrs now and this is really of the best experiences you can get on the island.
Wilhem and his staff are friendly, funny, and very generous of their time. They take care of everything for you, including preparing all the equipment on the boat (a nice big one that has everything you could expect from a diving boat). The staff is also very experienced, 150% focused on safety.
Last, they showed great flexibility, making all arrangements so that my partner, who was doing is PADI Open Water course, could make his last two dives with the rest of our group who were more advanced divers.

Overall, a great team and we will definitely return there on our next visit to the island!
Written January 10, 2021
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It was our pleasure to make it an adventure to remember, we look forward to welcoming you all back soon!
Written July 5, 2021
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gary h
Thornton Cleveleys, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Visited the beautiful Island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean Cruising with Britannia, and as pre confirmed before I left Uk with Willem, I walked 15 mins out of port to find Bobby Marina where I was briefed and boarded the dive boat , Zoltan was the dive leader and Willem captained the boat , they took us three great dive sites, where I dived with 6 Reef Sharks, hundreds of Barracuda, Rays , massive Lobster and plenty shoals of fish.

Very Professional outfit, Willem even turned the boat round to allow Zoltan time to net a plastic burger container.

Met two great Americans on board and generally was well looked After especially at the de-brief when Willem brought the Beers out .
Written March 3, 2020
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Thank you for your review, it was great to have you with us and we hope that we have the chance to go diving with you again!
Written August 26, 2020
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Hbulick
Masury, OH7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
I have looked forward to diving with Willem since we dove with him in 2016, I love his personality! Think dry and blunt with just a touch of sass.

Him and his team of dive professionals, Sean and Damion, were able to get us out to the Atlantic side and experience sites that are not commonly dove. The jovial atmosphere and the fantastic sites did make the slightly rough sea worth it - there is a chop so if you are prone to sea sickness take your medication.

We brought our own gear and were able to set it up to our own liking without the catered tourist feel. The do have an extensive rental gear section and did setup gear for those renting.

There is a picnic table on the dock where everyone gathers to talk about the dives a great place to share experiences. There is such a warm and social aspect that you feel like you never want to leave and are apart of the island family.
Written May 27, 2021
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Thank you for putting into words what we aim to achieve each day! A warm family atmosphere that encourages you to stay and enjoy the end of the day. We hope to see you again soon!
Written July 5, 2021
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SonomaWC
Walnut Creek, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Willem and his staff provide a great experience! We went diving with them on two days of our vacation. The first day was very choppy and things did not go as planned to say the least! However, everyone rallied. We saw sharks, turtles, an eel, many lobsters, angel fish and lion fish. The first dive was a reef dive and the second a wreck. The next dive day conditions were much better. Both dives included reef and wrecks and were incredibly beautiful. Lots to see. Again, Willem and his crew are very knowledgeable about locations and took us to some great spots. I also must add, Willem has a salty, dry sense of humor and has many stories to share.
Written June 27, 2021
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Thank you for the great review, as always, we do our best to give everyone an amazing experience.We hope to see you again soon!
Written July 5, 2021
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Quinlan M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This dive shop has excellent customer service. They would reply to multiple emails from me within a very short time frame. They were friendly, always willing to help and very personal. Our dive instructor Natalie was amazing! They do small classes, me and my friend were just with her for our open water dive certification. She took her time to work with you and repeats everything so many times that you won’t forget it! Our first dive she took us to an amazing sunken ship where we saw sharks, barracudas, sea turtles, and so much more. I would recommend them to everyone!
Written August 29, 2023
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Congratulations again on you both becoming PADI Open Water Divers!!! We are so grateful you chose to do your course with us, and thank you for your awesome 5 star review!!! There is so much for you to uncover now and we’re very excited for you to see what all the oceans/lakes have to offer. Natalie and our other instructors know just how important it is to be thorough with our divers and students to make sure you feel at ease and have fun! We hope to see you again soon!
Written November 2, 2023
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JHS
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Dive St Maarten Scuba

My wife and I dove with this company in February 2024. As a PADI Dive Master with my wife, a PADI Master diver, we can strongly recommend this dive shop for an excellent experience on St. Maartan. Extremely convenient if traveling by cruise. We have dove with other operations on this island and were not impressed; Instead this group brought us to great wrecks and reefs with swim throughs, spotted eagle rays, Caribbean sharks, and turtles. Viz was excellent. The guys did an excellent job and were extremely professional. When we visit the island again, we will absolutely only dive with this operation. Five stars all the way!
Written February 4, 2024
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Jorinde Maré
Saba1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Before I got to St. Maarten I already booked my PADI Open Water course with this dive school via e-mail. The communication was great to start with so I felt good about it from the beginning.

I did my course with Natalie, who is an amazing and patient instructor. She will make sure you understand everything perfectly and aren't doubting yourself. I felt safe and I had a lot of fun with her! She takes her job and the rules seriously but still manages to let you enjoy the course feeling relaxed. Perfect.

I want to mention Robyn as well, because she is a super welcoming woman. She makes you feel part of the family in an instant.

By the way, if this doesn't convince you, you should definitely come for the cutest cat in the world: Bubbles 😼.
Written July 1, 2022
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Margot
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The staff was amazing from the ease of booking, the welcome on the day, safety and spot briefing, assistance on the boat and post dive friendly chat. Captain Willem is a knowledgeable seaman and took us to the best spot based on the conditions. I've rarely seen so much life on a dive in St Marteen we saw so much! The boat is wide and comfortable. Getting in and out of the water was made clear and easy by the instructors, the dive was safe, the small group was friendly. Would highly recommend.
Written September 13, 2022
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