Dawn Beach Snorkeling
The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in St Martin - Sint Maarten.
Friday 12 January 2018 06:21 GMT
On the east coast of Sint Maarten, Dawn Beach is considered the best snorkeling in St Maarten. While it can be a rough, challenging drive to Dawn Beach, the snorkeling off the reef beyond the main white sandy beach is known to be excellent, especially starting from the righthand side. Many snorkelers at Dawn Beach start from Scavengers Beach Bar (if it is still there). It is not recommended to head to the seaward side of the reef unless the surf is calm due to strong cross currents.
To reach the snorkeling on St Maarten by air, fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). Note, there is a $30USD departure tax collected at the airport.
TIP: Plan for a few extra days on your snorkeling trip to St Martin/Sint Maarten to make use of the ferries to other nearby islands. There are two ferries providing service to Anguilla, and one ferry heading over to St Barts. Matter of fact, many tourists use these ferries for day trips to the islands.
SPECIAL NOTICE: In September 2017, the island of St Martin/Sint Maarten took a direct hit from the destructive Hurricane Irma. The island infrastructure was severely damaged and will take significant time to rebuild. The hotels should begin the reopening process in late Spring 2018 and should be fully open by Winter 2018-2019. While there have been no reports on the exact impact on the coral formations, the high surf associated with hurricanes of this magnitude typically result in coral smoothering due to sand and the breaking of large coral structures. Therefore, the quality of the snorkeling should be adversely impacted for many years to come.
Overall, Dawn Beach is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in St Martin - Sint Maarten. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Dawn Beach including Cole Bay, Cay Bay and Tiki Hut Snorkel Park.