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Dive Review of Octopus Diving/La Vista in
St. Maarten/Gran Case, St Martin

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Timothy Waite, Arizona, US (1 report)
Report Number 6552
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, La Paz Mx, San Carlos Mx, Thailand, Philippines, Fiji, Hawaii,
Florida Keys, Beleze, Roatan, So. Cal. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were lead by dive guides / Instructors.  While they lead the dive,
they really allowed divers to explore independently as long as they stayed
in sight of the dive leader.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
Went to St. Maartin on a vacation with a timeshare I had bought
independently of the resort.  The resort was very well maintained and
beautiful.  The staff was very helpful, and it was located in a central
location near the airport, with plentiful eating, drinking and
entertainment establishments very close by.  The Property (La Vista) was on
the ocean, with a beach.  I did some snorkeling off the breach, and while
the marine life directly off the beach wasn't plentiful, there was lots to

Based on other trip reports from Undercurrent, I opted to dive with Octopus
divers, on the French side of the island.  They gave me good directions to
get to their shop, and the morning commute was about 25 - 30 minutes. 
Their staff is fantastic, they only take 6 divers on each boat, and their
departure schedules are promptly at the time stated!  As depths were not
significant (50-60 ft max on only one dive), surface intervals were a bit
rushed (about 30 minutes), but the crew was very helpful.  The Octopus
Diving staff carries your gear to the boat, sets it up for you, swaps
cylinders in-between dives, and then rinses your gear after diving is done.
 There is a small bucket for camera's and they carry defog and ensure your
mask is defogged before each dive.  

We dove a wreck (the Tugboat) which was our deepest dive.  Marine life
wasn't plentiful, but there was enough to keep the diving enjoyable.  Other
dive locations (Basse Espagaole, Chris Reef, and Marianne's Reef or New
Reef) proved to have a greater abundance of sea life, but still not as much
as places such as Cozumel or the Philippines.  Visibility was generally
descent, and the diving was relaxed, comfortable, and the dive guides made
attempts to point out marine life as they found it (had I kept up with
them).  I brought my own gear, so I cannot speak to the quality of their
gear.  However, it appeared rental gear included a BCD which required a
weight belt (I prefer integrated weight systems). 

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