Here at Ocean Explorers we believe that choosing the right dive center makes all the difference between your average dive and a unique dive experience. We give only the best, from our crew to our dives in the welcoming waters of St. Maarten.
We are happy to say that we run a small and friendly operation offering a personal diving experience. In order to provide as much time and attention to all of our guests we have restricted the amount of divers per boat to 8. Unfortunately this means that reservations are required.
"Flexible dive schedules and site selection are some of the ways
that we ensure our customers satisfaction."
Established in 1977 by Leroy French, this shop is the oldest on the island, and since our establishment we have been exploring the many reefs and wrecks in the waters off the island. By doing so we have discovered the very best that St Maarten has to offer! So if you are visiting us for the first time or are one of our many returning divers, we always try to have something unique to amaze you. We have received a PADI recognition for Outstanding Services for the last 17 Years that we have been a PADI DIVE CENTER, and have earned a reputation over these years as one of the best and most experienced dive shops in St Maarten.
Scuba Diving and snorkeling in the turquoise blue waters of St. Maarten varies from beautiful and healthy reef systems to well preserved and fantastic ship wreck diving! On our wrecks and reefs you will encounter a huge variety of marine life; from tiny coral shrimp and nudibranchs to Hawksbill turtles and everything in between.
Our local hawksbill turtle on 'French Reef' is still there, amazingly, as it has been over three years since she first appeared. She has been named 'Tanya'. Tanya also has a new friend...a beautiful Green turtle. The green turtle showed up about 6 months ago and has decided to stay. So 'French Reef', though it is a shallow dive, is fast becoming a favorite site. We are still undecided on the name for the new resident, all ideas are welcome!
Over on 'Turtle Reef’ we have ‘Lily', the Green turtle. She is a young and playful green turtle who seems to thourougly enjoy the company of divers. This reef never ceases to amaze us. Eagle Rays, Southern Stingrays, Nurse Sharks and Caribbean Reef Sharks are frequently sited.
That’s about all to report for now! Come and see us and we will introduce you to some of our favorite underwater sites and their residents.
Ocean Explorers Team
Ocean Explorers Dive Center
Kim Sha Beach -Simpson Bay
Welfare Road 113, St Maarten
(+1 721) 544 5252 ph/fax