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
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
Cole Bay-The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation together with inspectors from the VROMI Ministry last week to map the amount of vessels still abandoned or sunk in the Simpson Bay Lagoon after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. During the exercise the Nature Foundation mapped and geolocated 101 boats still abandoned or sunk in the … Continue reading 101 Vessels Still Abandoned or Wrecked in Simpson Bay Lagoon
The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has continued to supervise salvage operations in the wider Simpson Bay Lagoon and Oyster Pond areas, with salvage operators now having salvaged upwards of 400 vessels sunk or badly damaged due to the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Foundation has been cooperating and working with Government, salvagers and … Continue reading Nature Foundation Monitoring of Salvage Works in Simpson Bay Lagoon and Oyster Pond Ongoing. Foundation Has Serious Concerns over Abandoned Vessels
The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, through the support of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance DCNA, has been able to structurally put a program in place to clean the beaches over the past week. Despite several beach-clean-ups being held and due to large amount of trash and hurricane debris still being found on the beaches the … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, with the Support of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, Structurally Cleans Beaches.
After the granting of permits to salvage operators active in Oyster Pond the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has started to monitor wreck removal for any environmental effects; “We have started to monitor and assist where possible in salvage operations that were granted their permit by Government for activities in Oyster Pond,” commented Tadzio Bervoets, Nature … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Monitors Salvage Operations in Oyster Pond; Calls for Urgent Action for Wreck Removal in the Simpson Bay Lagoon
Cable Reef is named after the former Fiber Optic Cable that directly bisects the reef. It is the deepest dive site within the Marine Park starting at seventy feet. It is an area frequented by sharks, turtles and other large pelagic life. Wreck Depth: 45-65ft.
Proselyte Reef, just outside Philipsburg, is the signature dive site within the Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area. Site is named after the H.M.S. Proselyte that struck the shallow area in September 1801. There are numerous old cannons, ballast stones and anchors at the site as wel l as a profusion of fish life along the small wall. The site … Continue reading Proselyte Reef
Lucy’s Barge is the remnants of an old barge that sunk in the eighties in the Man of War Shoals Protected Area. It is known for its macro life and is swimming distance away from Proselyte Reef. It is approximately forty feet deep at the mooring. Wreck Depth: 45-65ft.