The Scuba Shop Logo The Scuba Shop Header Graphic  
Home Page Dive/Sail Vacations Dive Trips Snorkeling Rental Equipment
The Scuba Shop
Duty Free Shop
Book a Trip
Snorkel & Scuba
Dive Guides
General Diving Information
Buying Tips
Good For You Tips
Contact Us

La Palapa Marina

#16 Airport Boulevard
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten
T: +1-721-545 3213
F: +1-721-545 3209

Captain Oliverís Marina
Oyster Pond, St. Martin
T: +1-721-588 0423

La Palapa Marina
#16 Airport Boulevard
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten
T: +1-721-545 2401
F: +1-721-545 2429

Like us on Facebook:


St Maarten/ St Martin has more than 10 dive shops, and our surrounding islands each have three or more Ė which can make it a bit difficult to know who to choose. Since we know our islands, know the dive shops and the dive sites (we love to dive too), we can help you choose the dive experience that fits you best:

  • There are shops that focus more on experienced divers,
  • some offer (free) Nitrox,
  • others have a more European style of diving,
  • there are dive shops within walking distance of the Cruise Pier,
  • there are shops that offer private dive trips,
  • there are two centers in the area that can train you up to Scuba Diving Instructor level,
  • some dive mostly on the French side and others only on the Dutch side
  • and we know how to match you up to the shop that exactly fits your needs or is closest to your resort.
  • Click here to Book your St Maarten / St Martin Dive Trip - Let us know when you will be on island, where you will be staying and a little bit about yourself and how you like to dive.

    Cruise Passengers - please specify what day you are in port and your arrival and departure times as not all shops are able to accommodate your schedule.

    Dive SABA - a MUST for serious scuba divers!

    Click here for more information on Dive Trips to Saba, St Eustatius, St Barths and Anguilla.

    Diving with Dive Safaris

    Dive Safaris Simpson Bay Operated by Helmie and Henry right out of The Scuba Shop in Simpson Bay, Dive Safaris offers great dive trips and scuba courses up to Instructor level. Fun Dives, Night Dives, Nitrox... Dive Safaris has it all.

    Interested in a dive course? - Dive Safaris in Simpson Bay can take you from your first Scuba Dive to Dive Master Level. It is one of the few dive centers on island with a swimming pool out back to take beginner divers in before going out to sea.

    The boat leaves from the dock right behind The Scuba Shop.

    Dive Safaris offers Reef Dives, Wreck Dives and schedules Night Dives (usually on a Thursday) weekly. Double Tank Dives in the morning, Single Tank and Discover Scuba in the afternoons.

    We highly recommend their services, and would love to have you diving out of our Simpson Bay shop.

  • Dive Trips
  • Weekly Night Dives
  • Afternoon Discover Scuba
  • PADI Dive School to Instructor level
  • Tec Diving

    Technical diving is becoming more and more commonplace these days, although it has a stigma of requiring regimental style training, this just isnít true. You can become a Technical Diver in just a few days.

    Technical diving in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean is about being able to explore a new aspect to diving. Sure, it allows you to dive deeper for longer, but it also allows divers to experience something new and develop new skills. St Maarten / St Martin has some awesome deep wreck sites that are perfectly suited for Technical diving!

    Why take a Tec course in St Maarten / St Martin? The water is warm year round, there is awesome marine life and great visibility. We also have amazing wrecks that are at a perfect depth for Tec dive training.

    On island you can complete a variety of tec courses.  This includes certifications through two agencies, the International Association of Nitrox and Trimix Divers (IANTD) and the Global Underwater Explorers (GUE). Whether you wish to take the Advanced Nitrox course or the Closed Circuit Rebreather course with IANTD or Fundamentals and Tech 1 courses with GUE, you will experience a new side of diving in St Maarten / St Martin.

    Click here for more information on St Maarten / St Martin Technical Diving.

    Shore Diving around St Maarten & St Martin

    St. Maarten/St. Martin offers a couple of interesting shallow Shore Dives in the summer months when the weather is calm. No dive equipment? No problem! Certified divers can Rent all the dive equipment they need.

    Our best dive sites are on offshore reefs and wrecks and are only accessible by dinghy or with one of the islands dive centers.

    Click here for more information on St Maarten / St Martin Diving and our Shore Diving Guide.

    Dive / Sail Vacations

    If you own, have chartered or are looking to charter a to "live aboard" for your vacation, click here to view our Dive / Sail Vacations page.

    Home Page Useful Links Sitemap ExcursionWorld Back to Top