Scuba Diving in Sint Maarten
This is St. Maarten’s most famous dive site, featuring the remains of an ancient ship that’s now heavily covered in coral. The Dutch 36-gun frigate was launched in 1770 under the name of Jason and later placed under British service as the 32-gun frigate Proselyte. The warship made its final journey in 1801 when on its way to St. Kitts, it struck the Man O’War Shoal. Today, the wreck is popular among divers of all levels, resting in shallow water just beyond the mouth of Great Bay. Anchors, ballast bars, cannons, and barrel hoops can be seen scattered around the ship on the seabed. Due to the lush coral growth, this wreck dive site is also known as the Proselyte Reef.
Carib Cargo, or Carib Ghost, is a former inter-island trader that now sits upright on a sandy patch on the bottom of the sea since 1996 when it was hit by Hurricane Bertha. This wreck is often used in wreck diving training and can be penetrated. The clear water and diversity of marine life have also made it a great spot for underwater photographers. Common encounters include southern stingrays, reef sharks, eagle rays, green sea turtles, barracudas, moray eels, lobster, and – if one is lucky – even dolphins.
Fish Bowl is a circular dive site with a spectacular swim-through located within the Man O’War Shoal Marine Park. It hosts a variety of corals and sponges and fish life that includes nurse sharks, reef sharks, barracudas, and spiny lobsters. While it is a shallow dive that divers of all levels of experience can explore, the sea can get a bit rough at times.
Fuh Sheng is a former fishing vessel from Taiwan that was sunk as an artificial reef in 1995 on Cupecoy Bay. This is considered a deep dive and can only be explored by advanced divers. Schooling fish, stingrays, barracudas, jacks, eagle rays, angelfish, trumpetfish, porcupinefish, garden eels, spotted moray eels, and reef sharks.
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