Sint Maarten offers scuba divers a range of diving experiences from shark diving, to historic and modern-day wrecks, and coral-encrusted boulder formations. The reefs around Sint Maarten consist of boulder and rock formations, which have been covered by corals and sponges - there are a few true coral reefs. Sitting on a shallow plateau, the dive sites average 18m (60ft) and visibility depends on weather conditions - windy months such as December and January have the lowest viz. Visibility is between 18-25m (60-80ft) normally. A short or long 3mm wetsuit should be adequate thermal protection in the tropical waters, depending on the season.
A popular dive is Shark Hotel; aptly named for the amount of sharks that divers encounter. Reef sharks and nurse sharks are the most common species that divers will see. Turtles, stingrays, eaglerays, and barracuda are some of the other larger inhabitants on this reef system. Great for all levels of diver, the reef sits at a depth of 17-20m (55-65ft). Overhangs and crevices hide spiny lobsters, and Caribbean reef fish such as grunts and chromis flutter around.
HMS Proselyte was a Dutch frigate, launched in 1770 and accidentally sunk when it hit a reef in 1801. It now lies on a sandy, boulder-strewn bottom and is completely covered in coral and sponge growth. Cannons, anchors, and general debris is scattered across the bottom which averages 14-17m (45-55ft). Currents are mild and it is an easy dive, allowing good photographic opportunities. Divers frequently see turtles, barracuda, octopus, stingrays, and porcupinefish.
The wreck of the Fuh Sheng is a deep, advanced dive. This Taiwanese fishing vessel lies on her port side at a depth of 34-40m (110-130ft), and penetration is possible for those properly trained. Schooling fish use the wreck as their base, and stingrays and eaglerays can be seen on the sandy plateau around her. Eels and angelfish can be seen inside.
Another interesting deeper wreck dive is the Porpoise - a local tugboat that was purpose-sunk in 1995. Sitting upright, her shallowest depth is 17m (55ft), with the seabed at 28m (90ft). She has a couple of fun swim-throughs to explore! Stingrays, spiny lobsters, flounders, barracuda, and trumpetfish are common to see around the wreck.
The staff at Buddy Dive Resort were really helpful! Augusto, the dive shop manager, made sure we got all the spots on the boat dives that we needed. The dive operation there is great, we loved the drive through for the tanks and the shore dives were amazing. The room was big and clean.
Good location to take check out dive on your equipment before really diving. Excellent location to night dive. Ladder or giant stride entry. It is used by Buddy Dive for scuba certifications. Sandy bottom shelf down to about 35',then out to wall. Wall drops down to about 95' plus. This is great location to check equipment and get buoyancy right before real diving.