Snorkeling in St. Maarten or St. Thomas?

Apr 4th, 2002, 06:41 AM
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Snorkeling in St. Maarten or St. Thomas?

Is there any good snorkeling on St. Maarten? I hvae a friend going on a cruise and is set up for wreck snorkeling there, but wonders if it might be better to snorkel in St. Thomas instead.

Any advice?

Apr 4th, 2002, 07:13 AM
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I have never snorkeled on St. Maarten, only shopped!!! But in general, St. Maarten is known for fantastic beaches, great shopping, great Creole food (but expensive), and good Casinos.

I will be snorkeling there for the first time this summer and have heard that the best snorkeling is at a beach called Dawn Beach, but it may not be for novices because it is on the Atlantic Ocean and has choppy seas.

I have seen the shore excursion your friend will be going on. I think it is called the Shipwreck Snorkel. Check out the web site and do a search for that shore excursion. I think I read lukewarm to cool comments about that excursion.

I have talked to some dive shops in St. Maarten and they say St. Maarten is not the best place for snorkeling.

Much better would be St. Thomas, or better, St. John. Just about all cruise ships that stop in St. Thomas go to St. John. If your friend is a beginner, the best place to snorkel is Trunk Bay, St. John. The beach is fantastic and they have an underwater snorkeling trail. I have heard many good comments about it.

I have always done boat snorkels around St. John and St. Thomas and have enjoyed them greatly.

How expereiced is your friend? Have they snorkeled before?
Apr 4th, 2002, 08:00 AM
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Thanks for the info. I've passed it along to her. I live near SXM, but only go there to shop, dine and hang out at the beach (I snorkel at home, so don't really do it there).

My friend is stopping in SXM on the cruise, and I'm going to meet her there for the day before this excursion in the late afternoon. We are trying to figure out if she should blow off the snorkeling or not. She wants to know if it's worth it, but I don't know what to tell her, so your comments have been very helpful.

I don't know how experienced she is, but your post will help her alot.

Thanks again.

Anyone else have comments?

Apr 4th, 2002, 08:20 AM
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