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St Martin/Sint Maarten diving

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Hey guys

Does anyone know much about the diving in St Martin/Sint Maarten in the Caribbean?

I've done the usual Googling around but would welcome views from anyone who has dived there. How does it compare to, say, Bonaire? 

Any use for u/w photography?

Many thanks!

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This is before the hurricane, so everything might be very different now.

I have around 40 dives as St Martin/Sint Maarten and 15 in bonaire.  Different dive sites.  St Martin/Sint Maarten is all boat dives, bonaire is all shore dives.  There are plenty of things to see in St Martin/Sint Maarten.  Some sharks, wrecks, and plenty of boring underwater sand, but when your are on a nice site, it is very nice.

If I had to pick, I would go back to St Martin/Sint Maarten,  Bonaire(I felt) was all very similar.  St Martin/Sint Maarten you can divesdifferent types of senery, which is nice, but you need a boat.

If you go to St Martin/Sint Maarten, make sure it is not a cruise ship dive boat. You want to get away from the Harbor and explore the island.

Check out the pictures and then ask questions.,

http://www.mwdives.com/2011 Sint Martin/index.html#img=2011-11-19 St Martin - Porpoise - That Confounded Bridge_01.jpg

http://www.mwdives.com/2008 Saba - St Martin/index.html

 

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Many thanks Marc - that's helpful

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Posted (edited)

also st martin is cheaper airfare and a shorter trip if going for a few days. 

 

Also,also, many divers hate st martin for some reason, me and my 2 buddies have no issues.

Edited by marcw

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