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Dive Review of Octopous Diving/Independant Operator in
St. Maarten

Octopous Diving/Independant Operator, Apr, 2009,

by Rodney and Robin Bosche', California, u (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4788.

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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Weather was not helpful, Lots of rain with only 40-50' visibility.
Main thing here is the dive operation which we really enjoyed. We did several dives with them. Great young hard working owners and JP was a very good dive master. Their shop is on the French side of the island in Grand Case, where most of the better diving is.
We encountered a very aggressive JACK about 30". He did not like us in his space. I got some great shots of him coming right at us and had to use the camera to keep him off. The others were using their fins to keep him away (no contact was made) First time for us to have a fish that aggressive.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Over 30 Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 78-°F / 26-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive Masters Profile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Sally and Chris Davies run the Dive Shop. Sally is an expert underwater Photo instructor. I took a very helpful 3 hour classroom cource and then an afternoon dive class with her. We still had over 15 days left for under water practice. I felt much more comfortable after this class and believe I made better photo decisions. I am still using film but this class will also help me when I go digital.
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