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Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in St. Maarten

Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in St. Maarten

Fringed with vibrant coral reefs and home to more than 30 official dive sites, the two neighboring countries of St. Maarten and St. Martin have some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the Caribbean. Whether you want to float along with the tropical fish, enjoy a thrilling open-water dive, or explore a sunken shipwreck, here are your options.

Simpson Bay

At the western tip of St. Maarten, the warm waters around Simpson Bay offer plenty of snorkeling opportunities, while certified divers can enjoy wreck-diving around Simpson Bay Bridge. Look out for lobsters, sea turtles, stingrays, and even the occasional reef shark hiding within the walls of the wreckages. Just up the coast, Mullet Bay is also great for snorkelers.

The Maze

Just off the south coast of St. Maarten and a short boat ride from Philipsburg, The Maze makes for an ideal scuba diving excursion; common sightings include sea turtles, stingrays, and giant French angelfish. Nearby, Teigland is another sunken-ship dive spot; the wreck plays host to hundreds of species of fish, as well as a large number of eagle rays.

Baie Rouge and Happy Bay

On the French side of St. Martin, Baie Rouge and Happy Bay are prime spots for a snorkeling adventure. A vast expanse of coral hugs the shoreline, and you can dive in right from the beach. 

Creole Rock

Located off the north coast of St. Martin, Creole Rock offers calm waters and excellent visibility, making it a snorkeler’s paradise. Look out for pufferfish, barracuda, and maybe even the elusive frogfish; head farther out to explore the deserted beaches and fish-filled waters of Tintamarre Island. 

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The Best Catamaran Day Sail in St Maarten

The Best Catamaran Day Sail in St Maarten

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Cruise on the ultramarine waters off St Maarten during this 5-hour yacht excursion from Simpson Bay. Step aboard the family-friendly yacht, the 'Random Wind', to meet your friendly captain and crew as the boat departs the pier. Find a comfortable spot on one of the boat's cushioned seats in the shade or sun and get to know your small group of 32 people or less as you watch the coastline fade into the distance. Journey to both the French and Dutch sides of the island to visit several beaches and relax in the soft sand. Go snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding or try out the Tarzan swing. Eat a homemade lunch and sip drinks from the top shelf bar.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.80
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The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten

The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten

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Cruise around St Maarten with stops at Tintamarre, Creole Rock and Grand Case on this full-day sailing excursion. Explore the lovely natural beauty of Tintamarre, then head to Creole Rock for some of the island's best snorkeling. Go ashore in Grand Case, the St Maarten's culinary capital, for a gourmet lunch including wine. Cruise down the coast after lunch past Marigot Bay and Sunset Beach while enjoying an open bar. Round-trip transportation from St Maarten hotels is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.00
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Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay

Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay

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Discover the beauty of St Maarten's western coast aboard a self-drive inflatable boat—a unique alternative to the typical sightseeing tour. A knowledgable guide will accompany you on your journey from Philipsburg to Creole Rock on the island's French side. Once arriving, spend some time snorkeling in protected waters alongside sea turtles and schools of tropical fish, then get back behind the wheel to marvel at hidden bays and beaches. *Please note: in order to book multiple boats, you will need to make separate bookings
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.93
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The Original Farewell Tour: Sailing Around the Island, Snorkel, Beach and More

The Original Farewell Tour: Sailing Around the Island, Snorkel, Beach and More

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Spend the day sailing St Maarten's waters on a catamaran, stopping at secluded islands and snorkeling in the calm Caribbean waters. During this full-day excursion, explore some of the islands unspoiled beaches and snorkel off the shore. Dig in to a 3-course gourmet lunch at one of Grand Case's famed restaurants accompanied by French wine. Climb back aboard the boat for a final ocean jaunt and a chance for one last dip in the ocean. Round-trip transportation from St Maarten hotels is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$133.00
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 Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands

Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands

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Explore St Maarten on a half-day speedboat and snorkeling tour. With your expert captain and small group limited to sixteen people, jet out from Philipsburg to several nearby locations like the uninhabited Tintamarre Island. Jump into the water and snorkel at the biodiversity hotspot Creole Rock, then enjoy a lunch beachside on Pinel Island. Sip beers and soda from the onboard bar as your captain shares his knowledge of St Maarten and the surrounding waters with you.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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St Maarten Discover Scuba

St Maarten Discover Scuba

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Explore the underwater world on this introductory scuba diving adventure from St Maarten. During this 3-hour activity, perfect for beginner divers, slip into the calm Caribbean water to discover shallow dive sites accompanied by a PADI instructor. This tour is limited to twelve people to ensure safety and personalized attention. This activity is only available on Thursdays at 1:30pm.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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St Maarten Scuba Diving for Certified Divers

St Maarten Scuba Diving for Certified Divers

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Discover the vast waters off St Maarten on a certified scuba diving excursion. Set out on a short cruise from Philipsburg and plunge into the sea alongside experienced PADI guides, who will bring you to the area's best dive sites for the weather—taking into about your diving preferences and group members' various skill levels. Explore the colorful corals of Mike's Maze, peruse the remains of sunken sailboats and an old bridge, or marvel at eagle rays as they glide gracefully above you.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Exclusive Private Catamaran Charter - 4 Hours

Exclusive Private Catamaran Charter - 4 Hours

Spend a half day at sea on a comfortable, spacious catamaran tour in St Maarten. You will visit one of the island’s pristine beaches and spend time snorkeling in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea. Sailing along the south coast is calm, easy and you will enjoy the scenery while relaxing on thetrampoline and enjoying a cold beer. You will be passing Maho Beach and be able to catch a plane landing at the airport Our crew is professional, attentive and will make sure you have the best time Snorkeling and instruction are provided, perfect for beginners, when snorkeling our crew will follow you in the water with the dingy. Fresh mini baguettes sandwiches are prepared onboard, fresh and offered after snorkeling together with our Happy Rhum Punch made with Mount Gay.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$375.00
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