The pristine waters surrounding St Maarten make it the perfect setting for a scuba diving holiday, and the abundant wildlife complete the picture. You'll find sea turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, sting rays, and several kinds of sharks hiding amidst the brightly-coloured reefs and eerie shipwrecks. There are a number of dive shops in St Maarten that are PADI-certified, and many offer diving courses for those who want to try for the first time.
While not famous as a dive destination, those who scuba dive in St Maarten find much to see and many dive sites to explore. Most of the best scuba diving in St Maarten is off the southern coast, stretching around the eastern side of the island that faces St Barth's to the northern point at Tintamarre.