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In July 2018 the Nature Foundation launched a new online Marine Park Tag system; visitors can purchase St Maarten Marine Park Tags directly online via ReefSupport or via the Nature Foundation’s website https://naturefoundationsxm.org/. The Foundation would like to remind all scuba divers and marine park visitors that purchasing a Marine Park Tag is mandatory for … Continue reading When visiting St Maarten dive site, don’t forget to buy your Marine Park Tag online!
Former popular floating bar JabJabs has received a new lease on life as an artificial reef. JabJabs, which was a popular floating bar housed on the 85-foot steel sailing ship SV Nightingale, was sunk during Hurricane Irma and subsequently salvaged after being submerged for three months in the Simpson Bay Lagoon. After the vessel was … Continue reading Hurricane Irma Wreck JabJabs Lives on as Artificial Reef Habitat
The Bridge is a site near the Dutch entrance to the Simpson Bay lagoon that hosts several yacht wrecks as well as the remains of a old bridge. The remains of the bridge have been completely taken over by sea life and this is what makes the dive worthwhile! Chance to see stingrays, turtles, eels and … Continue reading The Bridge
Since 1997, the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, together with other islands of the Dutch Caribbean, has been the worldwide example for charging an environmental user fee to users of the national "Man of War Shoal" Marine Park. However, the current dive tag system has issues keeping up with the demand. Production costs, administration, risk management, … Continue reading St Maarten Nature Foundation First To Launch Online Marine Park Tag System
The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has announced that it has closed a section of one of the island’s most popular dive sites called the Carib Cargo, due to the risk it poses to divers visiting the site. “We have inspected a section of the Carib Cargo wreck at the stern of the ship by the … Continue reading Nature Foundation Closes Section of Dive Site Due to Danger of Collapse
Due to Hurricane Irma causing significant damage to underwater life because of storm surge and strong water motion, the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation conducted initial Marine Park and Dive Site assessment to determine the level of impact underwater. Initial marine assessment was carried out from the 28th of September until the 6th of October 2017.
Cow and Calf is one of our more remote Atlantic Ocean dive sites. During the winter months migrating Humpback whales can often be heard signing while diving this site. Neat rock formations and fields of gorgonians characterize this rarely visited dive site that starts at 60 feet of water. Dive depth: 60 ft (20 m)
Moon hole is called after the curious circular rock formation that is often too difficult to dive due to the large Atlantic swells. When conditions are right this 60 feet (20 m) deep dive site is eerie with numerous Tarpon schooling right outside the hole. Dive depth: 60 ft (20 m)
Hens and Chicks is an Atlantic dive site that has a reputation as being very sharkey. It lies in 60 feet of water. Dive depth: 60 ft (20 m)