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Dive Review of Octopus Diving in
St. Maarten/Grand Case, St. Martin, France

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Georg A Gottschalk, CA, US
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 6828
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, U.A.E., Baja & Northern California, Lake Tahoe, Sipadan,
Phuket, Grand Cayman, British Virgin Islands, Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen,
Tulum, Cenotes.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limits, dives were usually 45-50 min.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Excellent dive operation, highly professional, highly experienced. 

Chris runs a tight ship, and Sally a tight shop. You're in good hands
whether you're just getting Open Water certified (they did a great job with
my girlfriend) or if you're an experienced tec diver (Chris will still be
able to show you a few tricks I'm sure). Their DM's/Instructors were also
professional and experienced.

Some of the diving was absolutely phenomenal. Not as many tropical fish as
I've seen in dive sites like Sipadan, but a heck of a lot more than in the
B.V.I for instance. Chances of Nurse Sharks, certainty of big barracudas, a
few turtles, and a lot in between. One dive in particular was spectacular:
A wreck dive on the south side of the island, total blue water dive,
infinite viz, lots of schooling fish.

What's special about Octopus Diving isn't just the sheer experience Sally
and Chris bring to the venture, it's that they also research, identify and
build their own dive sites, including installing their own mooring. You'll
rarely ever see another dive boat come even close.

They're also able to tailor their schedule to your needs and experience.
They never crowd the dive, and are strict in limiting the group to six
divers per DM.  
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