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Dive Review of Octopous Diving in
St. Maarten/DUTCH SIDE OF ST MARTIN

Octopous Diving: "OCTOPUSDIVING .COM CANCELED- MY- DIVE.. BUT DID NOT CHARGE ME", Feb, 2016,

by Robert Levine, NJ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8835.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments I BOOKED THIS DIVE ON LINE IN DECEMBER 22 2015 I EMAILED THE DIVE SHOP TOLD THEM I WANTED TO DIVE FEB 18 2016 THURSDAY 8;00AM. THE NAME OF THE CRUISE SHIP AND I WOULD BE IN PORT JUST ONE DAY THEY SENT ME A CONFERMATION.I ARRIVED IN ST. MARTIN ON TIME 7;00 AM WALKED TO THERE DIVE SHOP OCTOPUS 20 MIN WALK.. WAITED TO 8;10 AM WHEN THE MAN WHO OPENED THE SHOP( not the ouner) TOLD ME MY DIVE WAS CANCELD..WHY BECAUSE I WAS THE ONLY DIVER TO BOOK THAT DAY..GUESS THATS DUE TO BAD BUSINESS PRACTICES..I HAD DROVE 1200 MILES FROM NEW JERSEY TO FLORIDA CRUISE SHIP PORT FT. LAUD. TOTED MY DIVE GEAR ON TO THE CRUISE SHIP..MY WIFE DOES NOT DIVE. I TOLD THIS IN THE EMAIL TO THE DIVE SHOP AND WAS LOOKING FOR WARM BLUE GOOD VIZ WATER..WHEN I RETURNED TO FLORIDA FEB 21 2016 I RECIEVED A EMAIL THE DAY BEFORE THE DIVE FEB 17 2015 A SORRY LETTER CANCLING MY DIVE..BUT ALSO STATING IF I THE DIVER - ME- CANCELS WITH IN 48 HOUR OF THE DIVE I WOULD HAVE TO STILL PAY THE FULL PRICE ON MY CREDIT CARD.. WHATS GOOD FOR THE DIVER DOESNOT COUNT FOR THE DIVE SHOP..BUT WHEN THEY OCTOPUS CANCELS JUST 24 HOUR EARLY THEY PAY ME NOTHING..NEVER EVER OFFERED.. OH BY THE WAY WHEN I TRAVEL OUT OF THE COUNTRY USA I CUT ALL PHONES AND EMAILS..THATS WHY I AM ON VACATION TO GET AWAY FROM THE RAT RACE.I AM VERY LUCKY LIKE THAT.. OR TRYED TO GET ME ON ANOTHER DIVE BOAT OR EVEN CALL A DIFFERENT SHOP..WHICH IS WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE..IN MY EMAIL I TOLD THEM I ONLY WANT TO DIVE ON A 6 PACK OR LESS NO CATEL BOATS MOO MOO. THEY TOLD ME WE ONLY BOOK MAX 6 DIVERS.I HAVE DOVE ON THE LIVEABOARD CARIBEAN EXPLORER OUT OF ST MARTIN. TO SABA, ST STACIA..ST KITTS-- COCOS ISLAND UNDERSEA HUNTER 2 X...TRUK LAGOON ODYSEEY ,TAHITI AGGRESSOR OUT ISLAND,, FROM KEY WEST TO MAINE..MEXICO LIVING UNDER WATER WITH DAVID STEEL 120s..CENOTOS DIVING IN MEXICO..BUT MOST OF MY WRECK DIVING AND SPEAR FISHING IS DONE WHERE I LIVE NEW JERSEY.COLD, DRY SUIT AND DARK., . OVER 4000 WRECKS IN MY BACKYARD..I PLANED THIS DIVE AND IT WAS A TOTAL LET DOWN...OH THEY SENT ME A FOLLOW UP EMAIL..BECAUSE I EMAILED THEM BACK THAT THEY WILL NOT CHARGE MY CREDIT CARD FOR THE CANCELD TRIP..AND IF I RETURN TO ST MARTIN THE NEXT 2 TANK DIVE IS ON THEM...I EMAILED THEM TOLD THEM IF I WAS THE ONLY DIVER TO BOOK THIS DATE THEN THAT MUST BE TELLING THEM SOMETHING ABOUT HOW THEY RUN THERE BUSINESS..AND YES I HAVE BEEN TO COZUMEL 2X WHERE THE HARBOR MASTER CLOSED ALL DIVING DUE TO BAD WEATHER AND HI SEAS..BUT THIS WAS DUE TO THE SHOPS BAD PLANING AND NOT HAVE A REDUNDENT DIVE PLAN..FOR A ONE BOOKED DIVER KNOWING I WOULD ONLY BE THERE FOR THE ONE DAY..AND NOT A HAPPY DIVER..
Websites Octopous Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving COCOS ISLAND 2X TRUK LAGOON , TAHITI, ALLOVER SOUTH AMERICA UP AND DOWN THE EAST COAST USA FROM FLA TO MAINE, PUERO RICO, MEXICO , LIVING UNDERWATER DAVID, BUT MOST NEW JERSEY COLD, DARK, POOR VIZ BUT OVER 4000 SHIP WRECKS
Closest Airport CRUISE SHIP Getting There CRUISE SHIP ONE DAY ONLY

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions DIVE SHOP CANCELED ON ME..DUE BAD BUSINESS PRACTICES DID NOT EVEN TRY TO FIND ME ANOTHER DIVE SHOP OR DIVE BOAT
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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