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“Incredible Snorkeling Adventure”
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Bubble Shop
Ranked #4 of 8 Tours in Grand Case
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Owner description: Diving Club in Orient Bay Bubble Shop is a PADI & CMAS scuba diving center located on the beach of Orient Bay : the most famous beach of the french side of Saint Martin’s island !The Shop is located at Hope Estate.We propose to you : Discover Scuba Diving from 7 years old : special equipment provided no experience is required and there is no age limit ( especially to have fun !!!!) Snorkeling Trip with a Guide you will enjoy snorkeling in the Marine Park for 1 hour with your guide !!!! Fun Dives for certifed divers from any diving association CMAS Certification Courses european system from Grade 1 to Garde 3 PADI Certification Courses american system from Grade 1 to Grade 4
Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
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“Incredible Snorkeling Adventure”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

We recently came back from St. Maarten on 2/12/2013, way too short of a trip! We came across Bubble Shop while walking along Orient Bay beach and happen to speak with Vincent who owns the shop with his wife. We set up a snorkeling trip for the following day but also wanted to go to St. Bart's for a day and were going to take the public ferry. Although Bubble Shop doesn't provide transportation to St. Bart's Vincent recommended reserving a spot on a catamaran. On the catamaran they provide food, drinks and fun and would have made the trip to St. Bart's memorable since there is not a lot to do on the island. Vincent went out of his way to try and locate a catamaran for us but unfortunately it was too short of notice and we couldn't go.

But we did set up the snorkeling trip with Vincent and met him the next day. The trip over to the sea park was quick and Vincent and his worker were pleasant and full of information. The moment we got into the water we saw a sting ray and a number of tropical fishes. It was just the right amount of time to spend in the water, a little over an hour. On the ride back I tried a little of the islands home made rum infused with ginger that Vincent shared, very tasty! When we go back we'll plan on doing more water sports with the Bubble Shop! When in St. Maarten make it a point to visit his shop on the beach, French side Orient Bay by Cocoa Beach shop.

Visited February 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Best dive operator in the island!”
Reviewed April 21, 2012

A month ago we went to St. Martin. As SCUBA divers and marine life lovers, the first thing we did was to go out and look for a good dive operator to take us on a trip to meet St. Martin’s aquatic underworld.

We found Bubble Shop and we went out on SCUBA diving trip two times with them. It was the best thing we did on the island!!

They are located at the French side of the island, in the road between Grand Case and Mont Vernon. The neighborhood is called Esperance Hope Estate. Luckily, they were pretty close to where we were staying (Residence Hotel Mont Vernon). Going from Grand Case to Mont Vernon, they are at the back of a Supermarket you can find at the right before getting to a roundabout. There you will have their very well equipped dive shop.

They also have a beach dive shop at Orient Bay (Baie Orientale).

Sylvie, Vincent and Nelly, the folks that operates Bubble Shop, are incredible fun and wonderful people. They are also great professionals and they will help you with anything you need.
All their trips depart from French Cul-de-Sac, the same place where you can take the boat to Pinel Island. Keep in mind you must schedule your trip in advanced at any of their shops, not at Cul-de-Sac.

Our first trip was to the dive point Chico 2. We saw Grey Angelfishes, Great Barracudas, a Reef Shark, Southern Stingrays, a Spiny Lobster, a Green Moray and many more live creatures!

On our second trip we were taken to Le Remorqueur. This is an incredible sunken tugboat! Apart from the beauty of the tugboat full of living creatures and the experience of getting inside it, we also saw Southern Stingrays, a Honeycomb Cowfish and beautiful red, black and lavender sponges.

Both places are close to Tintamarre island.

The two dives were amazing! Part because of the beauty of the places and part because Bubble Shop crew!!

By the way, their prices are a great deal compared to other dive operators in the island!!

All in all, we really enjoyed diving with Bubble Shop!! I strongly recommend them!! When we come back to the island, we will surely knock at their door one more time! :)

Visited March 2012
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