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La Palapa Marina

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

Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm
(Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)

Tender Dock available
behind the shop!





Fishing while Snorkeling or Scuba Diving - Spear Fishing

While you are snorkeling or scuba diving, let your motto be take only photographs and leave only bubbles.

Spear fishing and the removal of any items from the sea while scuba diving is generally prohibited, and this is very strictly enforced in Anguilla, St. Barths and Saba in particular. It is only with this strict conservation that we can maintain healthy fish populations around our islands. St. Martin, St. Maarten and St. Barths all have Marine Parks which protect the reef systems with rules and regulations which specifically prohibit spear fishing and removal of any items from the sea while scuba diving and in many cases while snorkeling. In addition, the CITES International Treaty has severe penalties for the transportation of Turtle Shells, Conch Shells and many other sea shells and corals.

Spear guns are prohibited on the Dutch side of St Maarten. On the French side spear fishing is allowed outside of the Marine Parks, but always without scuba diving gear.

The Scuba Shop does not sell spear fishing equipment (... ***) and does not support this sport in our fragile waters. It is just too easy to pillage the shallow reefs with just snorkel gear, and the deeper reefs with scuba not to mention the damage poorly aimed spears do to the coral.

(*** ...with the exception of spears used in the control / eradication of the invasive Lion Fish. If you are a dive professional or Marine Park, please Contact Us for information on what we stock.)

Ciguatera Warning - Unfortunately, ciguatera fish poisoning does exist in the areas described in this guide. If transmitted to humans by the consumption of affected fish, it can be very serious. This in itself is a very sound reason for shooting only photographs.
Click here for more Information on Ciguatera Poisoning.

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