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Diving in Simpson Bay

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When to go to Simpson Bay

Located on the southwest of the tropical island Saint Martin, Simpson Bay is a paradise for diving at all seasons. The best time to visit is from December till May, even though it can be a busy season with lots of tourists. While the temperatures do not vary much during the year, the water visibility can be affected by the hurricane season. It generally lasts from June till November with September being the worst month of all. The average air temperature stays between 23C/74F and 29C/85F, while the water temperature usually ranges between 27C/80F and 29C/84F. The best water visibility is around 30m/100ft, while it can be way worse depending on the weather. What to see There are some rare corals and sponges around the area with myriads of tropical fish swimming around them. The larger fauna species include barracuda, sting ray, murray eel, octopus, grouper, nurse sharks, dolphins, humpback turtle and green turtle.

Scuba diving in Simpson Bay

Simpson Bay is situated on the Dutch side of Saint Martin (St. Maarten). Princess Juliana International Airport is located here. This part of the island is popular for its beautiful reefs, rocky bottom and diverse underwater landscape full of marine life. Old ship wrecks, deep walls, caverns, channels and drop offs attract divers from all over the world, who keep coming here to explore the Caribbean Sea. Simpson Bay offers its warm waters and various dive sites to divers of all levels. Many divers come to Simpson Bay to take part in adventurous shark dives and night dives that are available only for experienced divers. Most popular dive sites The best known dive sites around are Gregory Wreck, The Bridge, famous HMS Proselyte, The Maze, and Fish Bowl. As HMS Proselyte was a wooden ship, the only remains that it is still possible to see are coral encrusted canons and anchors.