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“Best dive shop ever!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Octopus Diving

Octopus Diving
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Snorkel Tour from St Martin
Ranked #1 of 8 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.
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“Best dive shop ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2009

Chris, Sally, and JP really roll out the red carpet! They're extremely knowledgible, safety aware, and so very friendly. We've taken 2 courses with them now and we can't wait to go back for our 3rd. Octopus offers top notch service and they genuinely care about their customers. It's all about that personal touch! If you're looking for good instructors who care about your safety and want to enjoy the best diving has to offer, Octopus certainly delivers!

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“These guys are super great, we had an awesome diving experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2009

Octopus Diving was a terrific experience. My boyfriend and i are not certified divers, however we were super excited about the opportunity to dive with their diving instructors who guided us through all the steps to have a safe dive. Overall, we would totally dive with them in the future. Two thumbs up!!

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“Diving on the North Side of St. Marten”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2009

We went diving with Octopus Diving on the French side of St Marten in Grand Case and had a great experience. The staff was very helpful in getting us in the water. We saw the tugbout reef and the turtle reef. The inside of the tugboat was very exciting to go through. The price was one of the best on the island. The web site is

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Washington D.C
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“Excellent Scuba Venue in quaint St. Martin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2009

My significant other and I decided to proceed with Open Water Scuba certification during our one week "relaxation" vacation in St. Martin. Fortunately, we stumbled across Octupus Diving (only minutes away from our hotel: Grand Case Beach Resort), which turned out to be a serendipitous discovery. Not only did we have a blast learning to dive, we were able to efficiently complete the Padi Open Water course, along with 2 additional dives in just 3 days. The facility and resources are of the highest calibre, and the equipment, boat and diving staff are first class. Despite the easy going pretensions of St. Martin, both co-owners (and hands-on instructors) Sally and Chris are fantastic Scuba resources, and great for advice on places to see and eat on St. Martin. We were certified by Chris, and can only provide the highest praise for our experience. Although we only returned from the trip, we are planning to return in the future, and will plan our next trip around Octopus Diving!

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“Look no further; Octopus is THE place to Dive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2009

While vacationing on St. Martin to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, we decided to check out SCUBA Diving possibilities on the island. I found OctopusDiving right here on trip advisor and based on the prior reviews, it looked like the place for us. I contacted Chris via telephone on a Monday morning and fortunately, he was able to squeeze us into a tightly booked schedule for the week. We visited the shop Monday afternoon to pick up the study materials (we wanted certification, not just "Discover" diving). On Tuesday morning, we reviewed the material with Sally, and in the afternoon, we began our confined water training with our instructor, Christian Vincent. He is a Frenchman, and listening to him reminded me of watching Jaques Cousteau on television - good English, but with a very French accent; that was pretty neat! He's a warm, gentle man with a good sense of humor, and true talent for teaching SCUBA. By noon on Thursday, we had completed all of the text-based materials, skill demonstrations in the water (interlaced with “fun breaks” on the dives), passed our final written exam and had our mug shots taken by Sally for our certification cards. We were able to make 2 more dives on Friday before we had to depart Saturday to return to the "real world". I cannot say enough good things about everything Octopus; collectively, Chris, Sally, JP, Christian and Octopus Diving changed our lives in such a positive way that week; we will never forget them - all wonderfully warm, kind and polite people that made us feel welcome, at home and VERY SAFE, at all times. As for the diving on St. Martin - stellar! We saw Sea Turtles, Morays, Stingrays, Starfish, Anemones, all kinds of colorful tropical fish, shrimp the size of a fingernail, every color and shape of coral imaginable, tube worms, and even an Octopus (how apropos, eh?). No matter if you're looking to just "discover" diving, an initial certification, any number of advanced ratings, or just fun dives, trust me, you CANNOT go wrong with Octopus! So, get off the couch and get your rear over there, now! The worst part of the entire trip was when we left Octopus on Friday, knowing we weren't going to be back for quite some time!

Most Sincerly,
Tony Darst
Baton Rouge, LA

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