Weekend Getaway to St Maarten

Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Apr 23 - 27, 2022
Group size: 8 - 16
Weekend Getaway to St Maarten
Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten

Blue Planet Scuba
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79 reviews

$NaN
Apr 23 - 27, 2022
Group size: 8 - 16

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for a long weekend of fish-filled diving in St Maarten. Escape the city and enjoy the hidden jewel of the Leeward Islands. Between the unique underwater (PADI Mermaid!) and topside adventures, this is one trip you won't forget!

Sint Maarten

Saint Martin / Sint Maarten is the world’s smallest landmass shared by two countries, The Dutch and The French. The Friendly Island is often overlooked by divers on their way to nearby Saba and Sint Eustatius but holds its own as a fish lovers paradise. Devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017, the island is making a strong recovery. The island has a shallow shelf surrounding it, making most dive sites less than 75ft, perfect for new and experienced divers!

The Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience: 

The island offers both reef and wreck diving sites, suitable for entry-level divers and ideal for open water certification training. Additionally, advanced sites offer new experiences for even the most seasoned diver. 


St Maarten's Man of War Shoal Marine Park is nearly 8,000 acres of protected reefs, historical wrecks, seagrass meadows, and open sands. SXM is a Fish ID dream! You’ll see many of the common Caribbean fishes like Ocean Surgeon Fish, Tangs, and Barracuda galore with some big life, like Spotted Eagle Rays, Caribbean Reef Sharks, and Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles! 


Interested in completing your PADI Open Water Diver certification dives? Or another PADI course like Advanced Open Water Diver or a specialty? Or maybe a PADI Mermaid course? We can do all of those things! Contact us for details.

Other activities

There’s plenty to keep you occupied top side as well. From history and art tours to parrot paradise, there's never a dull moment. We hear sitting on a beach relaxing is nice, too. St. Maarten boasts over 37 beaches on its 37 square miles. 


For those that adore good eats, the island is a fusion of flavors from the Dutch, the French and the Caribbean. With two rum distilleries and its very own brewery, your post-dive beverages are sure to be a hit. Where else in the world can you enjoy world-class curry, fresh-baked croissants and the best selection of Dutch cheeses within steps of each other?

The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort

Located mere steps from the marina, your suite with a view is the perfect place to regroup after a fantastic day of diving. Recently renovated after the devastating Hurricane Irma, the resort features top-notch restaurants, beach access, pools, a spa and a swim-up bar! If you would rather have an adventure, the resort is centrally located and surrounded by amazing restaurants.  

Travel

Arrive anytime Saturday, April 23rd through your favorite airline. Some non-stop options run from Dulles International (IAD) through United. Be sure to keep no-fly times after diving in mind when booking your return trip home; depart any time after 11 AM Wednesday, April 27th. Please email or call the shop before booking your flight!  

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $250 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 4 nights accommodations
    At the Simpson Bay Resort Villas
  • 6 boat dives
    3 days of 2-tank boat dives
  • Meals
    3 meals daily, from 6 different on-site restaraunts. Alcohol is additional.
  • Fish ID presentation
    Highlighting the most common species you'll see in St Maarten
  • International flights
    International flights to St Maarten
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's amazing crew
  • Airport transfers
    From the SXM airport to the hotel

Available Packages

Junior Suite - Double Occupancy
Sold Out

Double occupancy in a Junior Suite with 1 king bed or 2 full beds. Kick back and take in the ocean views from your furnished balcony. The private bathroom has a shower/tub combination with a rainfall shower head, as well as a hair dryer and a makeup/shaving mirror. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the LCD TV offers free movies. There's also a  private kitchenette equipped with a mini fridge, a microwave and a coffee/tea maker. 


Want to bring a non-diving friend? Just use the discount code NONDIVER when signing them up!

$1,075
Deposit: $500
Junior Suite - Single Occupancy
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Single occupancy in a Junior Suite with 1 king bed. Kick back and take in the ocean views from your furnished balcony. The private bathroom has a shower/tub combination with a rainfall shower head, as well as a hair dryer and a makeup/shaving mirror. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the LCD TV offers free movies. There's also a  private kitchenette equipped with a mini fridge, a microwave and a coffee/tea maker. 


Want to bring a non-diving friend? Just use the discount code NONDIVER when signing them up!

$1,455
Deposit: $500
Villa - Quad Occupancy, diver
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Quad occupancy in a Villa with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a kitchen. Kick back and take in the ocean views from your furnished balcony. The private bathrooms have a shower/tub combination with a rainfall shower head, as well as a hair dryer and a makeup/shaving mirror. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the LCD TV offers free movies. 


$1,045
Deposit: $500
Villa - Quad Occupancy, non-diver
Sold Out
$695
Deposit: $500

Available options

Open Water Diver certification dives
$100
only 1 left
Discover Mermaid course
$150
Basic Mermaid course
$225
Mermaid course
$350
Sunset Cruise
$65
Fish ID
$235
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Itinerary

Saturday, April 23rd
Arrive on St Maarten

Arrive at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), transfer to The Villas at Simpson Bay and check in. Head down to the beach or the pool and start relaxing!

Your Organizer


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Blue Planet Scuba
79 reviews
Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

As someone new to diving, this was the perfect open water certification trip! I was a bit nervous on my first dive, but that anxiety quickly turned to excitement - primarily due to Ryan's patient and encouraging approach to the certification dives. Ultimately, because of Jen and Ryan's excellent instruction, I felt confident enough to close the trip with a night dive (which is easily one of the coolest things I've ever experienced)! We also had an excellent boat crew - Brett delivered thorough pre-dive briefs and sometimes joined us on the dives while Roy expertly navigated the boat with a warm, friendly presence. From the beautiful resort to the fun and welcoming group of divers on the trip, I can't imagine a better first scuba diving experience.
By Libby P for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on 09 May, 2022
We are so thrilled you had a amazing time, Libby!! We hope it’s just the beginning of your adventures underwater. Thank you so much!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 10 May, 2022
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Had such a great time!
By Yesha C for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on 06 May, 2022
Thanks so much, Yesha! We're so glad you could join us!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 07 May, 2022
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Trip was absolutely fantastic. Resort was perfect, lots of great food both on and off the resort. Blue Planet, Ryan and Jen made us feel at home and I can’t think of anything that would have improved the trip. St Maarten’s slogan of “The Friendly Island” could not have been more true.
By Brandon L for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on 05 May, 2022
Thank you so much for adventuring with us, Brandon! We’re so glad you had a blast.
By Blue Planet Scuba on 05 May, 2022
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Terrific diving. Rich colors, great dive staff. Trip complicated by weather, resulting in day late arrival in Cozumel. I previously paid for an additional night so was able to complete all three days diving. Blue Planet did a great job managing the changes and supporting those of us not taking classes. Among the most glorious colors and variety Ive seen so far. Huge fish. Big thanks to Blue Planet.
By yvonne t for March Certification Weekend in Cozumel on 28 Mar, 2022
We're so glad you joined us in Cozumel! It's such an amazing place to dive. To bad we can't control the weather, but it seems like everyone still made the most of it and had a good time! We'll look forward to seeing you on the next adventure!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 29 Mar, 2022
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Awesome experience! I was a solo traveler and completely novice to diving and felt very well taken care of by the instructors. I also met a lot of really nice people that I look forward to seeing again! I will be looking out for another dive trip with this group and I’m so happy I found them!
By Elsbeth M for March Certification Weekend in Cozumel on 25 Mar, 2022
Thanks so much, Elsbeth! We're so glad you could join us. And congratulations on earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification! Welcome to the Blue Planet family of divers and we look forward to more adventures with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 25 Mar, 2022
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