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“Growth has only made them better”
Review of Octopus Diving

Octopus Diving
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Snorkeling trip 1:30 PM - Grand Case
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2 Tank Dive in Grand Case Saint Martin at 8:30 AM
Ranked #1 of 7 Tours in Grand Case
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Owner description: Scuba dive and snorkel with Octopus Diving. We have the best boats, the best equipment and hand picked staff to make sure you have the best experience possible. Our friendly PADI dive center is located in the town of Grand Case on the gorgeous tropical island of St. Martin / Sint Maarten, the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Whether you're an experienced diver ready to take your diving to the next level with advanced courses or specialties, a certified diver looking to explore St. Martin's amazing reefs and wrecks, a first-timer interested in discovering the world of diving or an avid snorkeler - or even if you've never been in the water before - we've got something for you, and we'll make your underwater experience one to remember.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
New Mexico
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30 reviews
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“Growth has only made them better”
Reviewed June 9, 2011

My husband and I had last dived with Octopus two years earlier. Now there is another boat, an expanded staff, and an expanded location. In this case, growth has made them more flexible, but not at the cost of the personal service we had come to know and appreciate. Great dive shop, friendly people, attentive divemasters and dive instructors, small groups, strong emphasis on safety.

Visited May 2011
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“can't get any better on sint maarten!”
Reviewed June 7, 2011

great service, great people, great gides. I did the advanced nitrox course and i was woried that i would fail the theoratical part of it, but chris was a perfect teacher so i passed! i dived with an other diveshop here on the island, but octopus is much much much better. You can't get any better than octopus on this island. they all work very hard to give good service and be on time (real time, not island time!) and they do a realy good job!

Visited June 2011
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London, UK
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The best place to go if you're new to diving”
Reviewed June 6, 2011

It was my first time diving and I was quite anxious about it. Stefan and Stuart did such a fantastic job explaining everything that was going on and all the things we needed to know from equalizing air pressure, to clearing the mask, breathing, hand signals - really first class knowledge. Then once you're in the water they will go as slow as you need til you get underwater, foot by foot. This was such an excellent experience that we went for a second dive straight away and a third time again along our travels. Now we intend to get certified, all thanks to Octopus!

Visited May 2011
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Toledo, Ohio
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“Amazing dives with excellent instructors!”
Reviewed June 2, 2011

If you want to dive in St. Martin look no further! Diving with Chris and Sally was nothing short of excellent. We took roughly 6 dives with the company and felt comfortable and safe on every one including our PADI certification dives. The facilities were in great condition and the dive equipment was well maintained with corresponding service logs. There was plenty of wild life to experience during the dives including turtles, sting rays, lobsters, barracudas etc. and a photographer available to shoot underwater photos (thanks Michelle! your pictures were amazing!) If you are looking for an awesome dive experience with friendly people, Octopus is for you.

Visited May 2011
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Leavenworth, Kansas
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“Absolutely outstanding scuba diving operation!”
Reviewed May 30, 2011

My wife and I just returned from a week long vacation to St Maarten/St Martin for the specific purpose of scuba diving. After a thorough internet search of possible diving operators, we arranged in advance for a five day scuba diving package with Octopus Diving, consisitng of five 2-tank dives. The preliminary arrangements were painless, via e-mail, with Sally, who co-owns the operation with her husband, Chris. Their Octopus Diving web site (www.octopusdiving.com) is exceptionally well laid-out with thorough, current and accurate information. Upon arriving at their shop in Grand Case on the first morning, we were greeted by-name by Michael, who was handling shop operations. Once he verified our diving certifications and confirmed the package we had arranged, he directed us to the actual dive office, about 300 meters away, directly on the beach. Again, we were greeted as if we had known everyone forever. They take a max of six divers per boat, and there were always two divemasters aboard. We strongly recommend that you ask for either Stuart or Steffan to accompany you on at least some of your dives. We dove multiple times with these two exceptional divemasters and had great fun. Having said that, we also dove with Chris, Sally and Michelle (who specializes in underwater photography), and we would equally recommend any of them. Each and every one of them is professional, superbly competent, and just plain friendly. We absolutely recommend this operation should you consider diving in St Maarten/St Martin.

Visited May 2011
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