Snorkeling in St. Maarten | St. Martin

How we explored the underwater world of SXM. We found a Helicopter, Shipwreck and many different kinds of fish and ocean life.

On both the Dutch and French side of the island, there are some great snorkeling spots. The perfect snorkeling conditions are with no wind, calm waves, and bright sunlight. Preferably after some days of no rain or rough weather, those days the ocean is the brightest.

If you are planning to go snorkeling, please respect Marine Life and do NOT catch fish or touch the coral, one human touch can be enough for coral to die. Also, please buy reef-safe sunscreen and be cautious for boats around.
Coastguard does regular controls and there are big fines if they see you fish without a permit or damage an area.

Our top 5 snorkeling spots on St. Maarten | St. Martin:

  1. Tiki Hut at Divi Little Bay where you find a Helicopter, Submarine, and Airplane in the water. You can explore this area with the Sea Trek Helmet diving adventure or go snorkeling from the Tiki Hut. Lots of fish!
  2. Creole Rock is a far swim from Petit Plage in Grand Case but best accessible with a boat charter as most of them spot here to snorkel, see watersports section. Bigger fish and when lucky a Spotted Eagle Ray or Turtle.
  3. Simpson Bay Shipwreck, directly after the Simpson Bay Bridge where the beach starts there’s a stranded shipwreck. Easy access to see lots of small fishes, sea urchins, and colorful coral on the wreck.
  4. Pinel Island, this secluded island is a nature reserve and so marine and wildlife is very well protected. Within the Buoys, you are not allowed to snorkel but you are allowed to snorkel around the buoys of the reserve to admire the great underwater-world. With many fish, possible turtles, rays, and colorful coral.
  5. Green Cay is a decent swim across from Orient Bay, the water is rougher because the waves come in which makes it dustier. You can either rent a Kayak or swim over but be very cautious for Kite-surfers, Jet Ski’s, and boats as Orient is famous for its watersports. Best to swim from the nude-side of the beach or in a group. You find lots of fish, possibly octopus, and within the sea-grass where the waves break you find turtles, rays, and maybe even a shark.

And if you don’t get enough of this beautiful underwater world, we can recommend a diving trip in which you will visit the best dive sights, wrecks, and coral reefs we have in St. Maarten & St. Martin (all not accessible snorkeling).

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