Victrola From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 451 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1107 times:
I've been into Scuba for about 12 years. I just got back from doing some wreck dives off the coast of Recife, Brazil last week.
I have not done St Maarten, however I have done quite a bit of diving on Aruba and Curacao. My favorite place in the Caribbean though, is Roatan. It's a beautiful reef and the place is relatively inexpensive compared to the rest of the Caribbean. That's where I did my open water.
Dreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8369 posts, RR: 24 Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1089 times:
Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter): Anyone recommend any dives in St Maarten or Puerto Rico? Off there for New Year and planning on doing my advanced open water.
I've dived around St. Martin in Dec-Jan, and it's not that great. The waters are kinda murky that time of year. But it's certainly better than places like the Florida coast. St. Barts is a couple hours away by boat - I recommend you take the trip and dive there as well.
Signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2962 posts, RR: 8 Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1074 times:
I did the PADI Open Water course when I was backpacking in Australia, we did the course in Sydney Harbour (and off Manly). That was in 2002, and the only time I've dived since then was a few months later when we got to the Great Barrier Reef. The main thing preventing me from diving again is cost, unfortunately
Me somewhere on the Great Barrier Reef!
The only equipment I have is a snorkel and prescription mask.
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12019 posts, RR: 50 Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1066 times:
I dive and have done AUA, CZM, CUR and PVR. I have my own wet suit and fins, mask and snorkel, the rest I rent. Do not do it enough to buy my own equipment nor can I spend that kind of money on a hobby that I only do once or wtice a year.
I can definately confirm that. I've had my PADI for 7 years now (first junior and then advanced open water) and Bonaire is the only place I've ever dived so far. I did both my PADI courses there.
Also, having lived there for 4 years, I've seen plenty of the under water world and it's beautiful. I haven't been there for a year now, so I'm not 100% how everything looks after the hurricanes/storms. My dad was there last month though and he said it was ok.