Aqua Mania: Exploring the Waters of St. Maarten


In the heart of the Caribbean lies a small island with big adventures waiting to be discovered. St. Maarten, known for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and crystal-clear waters, is a haven for aqua enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned diver, a thrill-seeking adventurer, or someone simply looking to relax by the sea, St. Maarten offers a plethora of aquatic experiences that cater to every taste and preference. From scuba diving to sailing, snorkeling to jet skiing, this island paradise has it all. Join us as we dive into the depths of Aqua Mania in St. Maarten and explore the wonders that await beneath its turquoise surface.

Introduction to St. Maarten

St. Maarten, a tiny island located in the northeastern Caribbean, is divided into two distinct territories: the French side, known as Saint Martin, and the Dutch side, known as Sint Maarten. This unique dual-nation status lends the island a diverse cultural atmosphere, where visitors can experience both French and Dutch influences in everything from cuisine to architecture.

But it’s not just the culture that draws people to St. Maarten; it’s the island’s natural beauty, particularly its stunning coastline and pristine waters. With over 37 beaches scattered along its shores, St. Maarten is a paradise for beach lovers. However, it’s what lies beneath the surface that truly sets this destination apart.

Exploring the Underwater World

For many visitors, the allure of St. Maarten lies in its vibrant marine ecosystem. The island is surrounded by some of the most spectacular reefs in the Caribbean, teeming with colorful coral formations and a diverse array of marine life. From curious sea turtles to graceful stingrays, and from majestic eagle rays to elusive reef sharks, the waters of St. Maarten are a playground for underwater enthusiasts.

Scuba Diving

 One of the best ways to explore the underwater world of St. Maarten is through scuba diving. With numerous dive sites ranging from shallow reefs to dramatic drop-offs, there’s something for divers of all skill levels. Beginners can enjoy gentle dives along the island’s fringing reefs, while more experienced divers can venture deeper to explore underwater caves, shipwrecks, and even underwater sculptures.


Dive adventures – scuba dive in shallow water (introduction to scuba dive)

The Discover Scuba experience will give you the opportunity to try scuba gear and make a real dive on a reef in shallow water. You will get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. Although it’s not a certification course, you can get credit. If you decide to continue diving, this experience can count towards PADI Scuba Diver or Open water Diver certification – putting you a step ahead when you decide to go for it!

Good to know: You must be at least 10 years. You must be in good health. There is a medical questionnaire that you need to fill out. All participants need to be physically fit, know how to swim, and be comfortable in the water to dive. You will dive under the direct supervision of a PADI professional at all times.


If diving isn’t your thing, fear not – snorkeling offers a fantastic way to experience St. Maarten’s underwater wonders. Many of the island’s best snorkeling spots are easily accessible from shore, making it an ideal activity for families and casual adventurers. Grab a mask, snorkel, and fins, and prepare to be amazed by the kaleidoscope of colors beneath the waves.

Half day snorkel adventure

Half day snorkel adventure promises a fun filled and relaxing vibes. Explore the reefs and an abundant of aquatic life in Sint Maarten Sit back and relax as the Captain guides you to one of the prettiest snorkel spots on St Maarten. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming, chatting with the captain and sight see St Maarten’s coastline of beaches and beautiful homes.

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Above the Surface Adventures

While the underwater world of St. Maarten is undoubtedly captivating, there’s plenty to see and do above the surface as well. From sailing excursions to jet ski adventures, the island offers a wide range of activities that promise thrills and excitement for adventurers of all ages.

Day Trips


With its gentle trade winds and sheltered bays, St. Maarten is a sailor’s paradise. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or a novice looking to learn the ropes, there are plenty of opportunities to set sail and explore the island’s coastline. Charter a yacht for a day of leisurely cruising, or join a sailing regatta for a taste of competitive racing – the choice is yours.

Escape to Paradise with Unforgettable Day Sails along St Maarten’s coastline! Imagine a day filled with warm tropical breezes, and the freedom of sailing across the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Our trips are designed to whisk you away for a day of relaxing and unwinding. Step aboard MoonDance and let us plan a fun day out, ensuring every moment is unforgettable. MoonDance day sails include stops at Long Bay and Mullet Bay, and a stop to watch some of the planes land at St Maarten’s world famous airport. If you are avid sailors and wish to spend the day sailing, alternative routes can be planned. Bring a picnic or let us cater a light sandwich lunch as an option. Sit back as we hoist the sails ,take a refreshing plunge into the warm, clear waters, or simply float serenely, embracing the tranquility of the sea.

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Evening Trips

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with evening sailing trips in St. Maarten. As the sun begins its descent, the azure waters of the Caribbean beckon. Feel the gentle breeze caress your skin as you glide across the pristine seas aboard a luxurious yacht or catamaran. Marvel at the vibrant hues painting the sky, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your journey. Sip on refreshing cocktails and indulge in delectable appetizers as you soak in the magical ambiance. Whether you’re seeking a romantic escape or a serene moment of tranquility, evening sailing trips in St. Maarten offer an unparalleled experience of relaxation and beauty.

Lambada Sunset Sail

Lambada’s coastal sunset sails depart from Simpson Bay Resort and are unforgettable. Enjoy sightseeing as she sails slowly up the coast to Long Bay, straight into the setting sun. Foot tapping music plays as snacks and drinks are served… mingle and make friends or lay on the nets up front as you head into the setting sun. A perfect ending to a beautiful day in paradise. Included: Rum punch, beers, sodas and wine are included at the bar and snacks: crudité, chip and dip, fruit, cheese and baguette. Check in at 4:45pm and departs Simpson Bay Resort on the Marina at 5:15pm in the winter and 5:30pm in the summer.

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Our Catamaran Day Sail takes you along St Maarten’s coastline for swimming, snorkeling and beaching. Popular stops are at Long Bay, Creole Rock for snorkeling, Grand Case for lunch, Tintamarre island for swimming. Often, we swim with turtles at Tintamarre.
• Beautiful sail – crystal clear water & white sandy beaches • Relaxing day – swimming & snorkeling optional • Lunch at Lolo’s [Included]  • Avoid crowds by joining us on our 40 foot sail catamaran with a max of 25 people • Friendly & attentive crew

Tango Caribbean Dinner Cruise

A unique Caribbean style dinner cruise, with dinner served buffet style on board. Dress is as informal as the evening. Enjoy open bar and snacks while sailing the coastline of St Maarten to enjoy the sunset, then sail to Long Bay or Simpson Bay to drop anchor and dinner is served. Friendly and fun crew serve at the buffet and guests are invited to dance under the stars or relax with dessert on the front deck. Foot tapping Caribbean rhythms make for a memorable Caribbean Cruise. Wednesday is a Dutch / French evening theme (crispy Dutch chicken and Beef Bourguignon, scalloped potatoes, rice & salad) and Friday is a Caribbean Buffet (baked chicken and rib with rice and beans, salad and Johnny Cakes). Snacks are served when the boat departs and dessert is served after dinner).The crew and music are lively and Tango Dinner Cruise is always a party) Dinner cruises are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Check in at 4:45pm for a 5:30pm departure out of the Simpson Bay Resort on the marina. Tango returns around 8:30pm. Schedule is subject to changes. Tango is also available for private charters; day sails, sunset and dinner cruises.

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St. Maarten may be a small island, but it packs a big punch when it comes to aqua adventures. From the stunning coral reefs and marine parks to the adrenaline-pumping water sports and cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy beneath the sun-drenched skies of this Caribbean gem. Whether you’re diving into the depths of the sea or sailing across its azure waters, St. Maarten is sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. So pack your swimsuit, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to dive headfirst into the Aqua Mania of St. Maarten – paradise awaits!



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