La Réserve naturelle de Saint-Martin est une aire marine protégée de 30km2 située au nord-est de l’île de Saint-Martin. Créé en 1998, cet espace préserve les cinq principaux écosystèmes de l’île : récifs coralliens, mangroves, herbiers de phanérogames, étangs et forêt sèche littorale. La Réserve gère également les 14 étangs du Conservatoire du littoral et ses 11 km de rivages terrestres naturels.

- Creole Rock

Creole Rock is located within the limits of the Marine Park, and as such is environmentally protected and ruled.
It is possible for boats to enter this area as long as they use the moorings that have been made available. Attached using long sand screws, these moorings are reserved for dive clubs, pleasure boats up to 50 ft, dinghies and other small sailboats.
It is of utmost importance to use the correct buoy, in order to not do any damage to the moorings.
Creole Rock is one of the best dive spots on the French side of St Martin, both for beginners and experienced divers. The water is not very deep here, making it the perfect place to learn to dive, with and without air tanks.
It is forbidden to use any motors within a zone of 30 meters from the beach, as well as diesmebarking on the beach and scaling the rock itself, where brown boobies and tropic birds make their nests.

4 Types of Buoys

  • The big yellow buoy, located at a distance of 250 meters of Creole Rock, indicates the limits of the Marine Park zone
  • Four yellow buoys marked “15 tons / 50 ft maxi” are reserved for pleasure boats no longer than 15 meters or weighing less than 15 tons
  • Six white buoys marked “diving only” are reserved for dive club boats
  • Three white buoys marked “dinghy only” are reserved for dinghies and other small boats
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