The area offers about 17 dive sites around the south and southeast sides of the island. Typically max depth is 18m making this a wonderful island for those practicing their first bubbles. The environments are a mix of wrecks, both intentionally and unintentionally sunk, old coral reefs and encrusted rocks.
While there are many colorful coral reefs surrounding St. Maarten, some of the reef sites are actually rock formations encrusted with coral, hydroids and sponges. Sint Maarten is the perfect destination for learning new SCUBA skills while enjoying colorful underwater environments and a memorable vacation above the water.
Divers in Sint Maarten can expect warm tropical waters which range from 79-82°F (26-28°C) and variable visibility depending on the site.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Princes Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Phillipsburg is the main entry point for most international visitors arriving by plane. There is an additional, smaller airport mainly used for inter-island flights on the French side of the island known as Grand Case Airport.
It is also possible to arrive in St. Maarten by boat. Many visitors come by the ever-present cruise ships which dock in Philipsburg. There is also a small port near Marigot on the French side which mainly services private yachts.
Once on the island, it is easy to move around and visitors often cross the border without even knowing they have moved into a different country. Rental cars, taxis and buses are available for your convenience.