Diving in St. Martin/St. Maarten
Scuba Diving in Saint Martin is fantastic. Here, you’ll see healthy, vibrant reef systems, dynamic wrecks, canyons, lava tubes, picturesque swim-thrus, and a wide variety of life. Sharks, spotted eagle rays, turtles, and massive lobsters are regulars, and we also have seasonal encounters with dolphins and occasional visits from humpback whales. There are great opportunities for macro photography as well, with flamingo tongues, nudibranchs, fireworms, and a variety of other small aquatic life. Check out our photos on Facebook to get a glimpse.
Dive Trips from Grand Case (2 dives AM & PM)
Octopus Diving in Grand Case is the only St. Martin dive center that offers 2 dives trips, twice per day. Our morning dive trip departs at 8:30 am and returns around 12:30 pm. The afternoon dive trip leaves at 1:30 pm and returns around 5 pm. Our location is very convenient to all the best shopping and dining in Grand Case- whether you’re looking for tasty local barbecue or fine French dining, it’s all just a few minutes walk down the road. Renting a car to get around the island? We have secure, on-site parking available for our divers. Where will we head out to on your dives? Depending upon each day’s specific conditions, your captain and crew will choose the best sites available- we have a wealth of options to choose from, many of which are protected as part of the St. Martin Marine Reserve.
The fact that we leave at 8:30 AM and 1:30pm allows us to have first pick of the best dive sites. Remember, if you don’t like to get up early on vacation, just join us for the 2 dives in the afternoon, or dive from our Dutch Side location in Philipsburg, where we also dive all the best dive sites St.Martin / St. Maarten has to offer.
Dive Trips from Philipsburg (2 dives AM, 1 dive PM)
Octopus Diving SXM is the only dive shop located in Bobby’s Marina, just a few minutes walk from cruise ships. Better yet, take a water taxi to be dropped off at our shop doorstep! If you’re staying on Sint Maarten, Bobby’s Marina has convenient parking right out front. Spending time on a yacht? You can take your dinghy into Bobby’s Marina, or we are happy to arrange a pick-up from your yacht. Our location isn’t just convenient for you to get to, we are also situated just a short few minutes boat ride from the renowned “Man of War Shoal” Marine Park.
Our 2 tank dive trips depart from Octopus Diving SXM at 9 am and return around 12:30 pm. Want to go out for one dive? We have afternoon 1 tank dive trips! Our afternoon trips depart at 2 pm and return by 4 pm. If you’re looking to go for a 2 tank afternoon trip, sign up to dive with our French Side sister operation in Grand Case!
VIP Service- At Both Locations!
Providing true VIP service means that you will never feel like a number at Octopus Diving. We take out a maximum of 6 divers per trip on our largest boats. What are our boats like? They’re fast and comfortable, allowing us to dive on both sides of the island, at the best sites each and every day. Take a closer look at them here.
From the moment you arrive, your boutique dive experience begins. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will walk you through the check-in process and help outfit you with top-of-the-line rental equipment, or if you have your own gear, they’ll handle everything for you. You don’t need to lift a finger, we will take your equipment to the boat and set it up. If you would like to set up your own equipment, please let us know. Then, after a quick boat ride, we give you a full dive briefing, help you into your equipment, do a pre dive safety check and make sure that you are on your way to an awesome and safe experience with one of our seasoned professional dive guides.
After the dive we help you out of your gear, up our custom built dive ladder and back onto the boat. During the surface interval (normally 30 – 45 minutes) on our 2-tank trips, you will relax in the bow of the boat enjoying complimentary oranges and refreshing drinking water while we prepare for the second dive. After the surface interval we are off to a different amazing site where we make our second dive.
Upon our return to the dive shop you just need to step off the boat and back up to the shop, where we will rinse and store your gear or help you pack up for your return to your cruise ship or hotel. Keep in mind, our modern, well maintained rental dive gear is serviced regularly and guaranteed to be in good working order. With the increased cost of luggage on flights these days, why not leave your BCDs and Regulators at home and use our equipment? If you like, just bring your own mouth piece and we will change it for you. We will also provide all the dive site information you’ll want to record in your log book.