Hello Huron Scuba Blog followers. Please see below the review of a dive operation in St. Maarten that a member of the Huron Scuba dive team wrote after a recent trip to St. Maarten.
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I want to pass along a review of a dive shop in St. Maarten. The shop does business as Aqua Mania and is located on the resort of Simpson Bay Resort and Marina (Formerly Pelican Bay Resort). The shop was recommended by a friend who spends quite a bit of time on St. Maarten.
We found the dive staff to be excellent. They were just as good as any dive staff we encountered on trips to the Cayman’s. They were extremely safety conscious. Nitrox was available, which I took advantage of.
The weather was poor, with heavy rain, so the dive wasn’t quite up to par. We did manage to see lobster, rays morays, crab , etc.
The only bad thing about this shop was the office staff. they were not very helpful. Unfortunately, none of the natives we encountered seemed to care much about tourists. We spoke with Vinnie (see below) about the staff. He apologized profusely. It sounded as if it was out of his control as to who worked in the office.
We were impressed to to receive the follow-up synopsis of our dives upon returning home.
Dear Dive Buddy, It was great to have you diving with us this last week, we hope you had a good experience and have returned home safe and refreshed. We have included some info you might want to add to your log book.
Monday : Gregory (55 ft), Long Bay Reef (50 ft)·
Tuesday : Porpoise (90 ft), Gregory (55 ft)·
Wednesday : Gregory (55 ft), Long Bay Reef (50 ft)·
Thursday : Carib Cargo (65 ft), Bridge (49 ft)·
Sunday : Tiegland (75 ft), Maze (52 ft)
In the afternoons we went to Creole Rock or Little Bay for a single shallow dive for our Open Water students, our Discover Scuba participants and for those divers who didn’t dive for a long time and wanted to refresh their skills in an easy dive. This week we had rough sea conditions with strong winds and big waves. Therefor our choice of dive sites was limited. But: safety first, better safe than sorry !!
Water Temp Average: 78 F
Air Temp Average: 82 F
First of all:
Congratulations to Chris. He completed the eLearning portion of the PADI Open Water Course at home and finished the fun part (diving!) with us. Good job, now keep on diving for more experience, fun and adventure! We all here would like to say a special thank you to Chris, Pam & Laurie for your support over the years and the positive attitudes you guys bring along. It’s truly a pleasure to have you here. Loren and Liz are back! Great to see you again, I’m glad you’ll be with us for another week for some more diving.Ken, thanks for choosing Dive Adventures – hope you enjoyed the diving. Never a dull moment with you on board J , and you know, we’ll always find you a buddy! We had some good photographers this week – if you have some great pictures and you’d like to share them with us, please send them to our email
address: firstname.lastname@example.org We’re always interested in some good shots!! You can also attach them to your Trip Advisor review, and share them with loads of people! For all of you who have been with us for so long I hope you enjoyed the new crew. I also hope the changes in the shop meet your expectations.Thank you for coming back. For all of you, who were on your first visit, thank you for choosing Dive Adventures. It was a pleasure to have you here. If you think anything needs to be addressed please let me know. We work each day on improving your next visit. Thank you Sandra, Irene, Seyf, Gill and Soinet (Frogman) for a great week, you guys are the best!
Below we have included a link to Trip Advisor. We are hoping you might have a few seconds to post a review for us. We learn daily from our customer feedback.Click here to write a review on Trip Advisor Dive Adventures on Trip Advisor Don’t forget to attach those wonderful pictures!! We hope to see you back on Sunny St Maarten, diving warm and inviting tropical waters!
& The Dive Adventures Team Dive Adventures Located on the Marina of the Simpson Bay Resort (previously Pelican Resort)
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten
T: (599) 544 – 2640
F: (599) 544 – 2476