Octopus Diving in Vietnam??

01 Aug

We recently got an email from two of our past divers, Art and Lynne, and they said that they had seen our branch or “name sake” in Vietnam while on a non-diving vacation. Chris and I thought that this was strange as we don’t have a sister company (nor branch) anywhere, let alone in Vietnam. We have traveled through Vietnam and loved it there. We even spent quite a bit of time in Nha Trang (where this diving center is located) but we never stopped and set up a dive shop (not that I’m aware of anyway.)

Nonetheless, Art and Lynne not only emailed us to tell us they saw it, they also included photographs!

Dive St Martin

Octopus Diving St Marteen

Now, one thing is true, they are called Octopus Diving. And that is cool, there are few Octopus Divings out there. In fact, there is one in the Seychelles and I frequently get emails from people that want to sign up for diving, and after a few exchanges it becomes apparent that they will in fact be thousands of miles away and do not want to book with us, but want to book with the other Octopus Diving.

The second thing that is true, is that this particular Octopus Diving has taken our logo and used it for themselves. I guess this is also cool, I mean, it is flattering, right? We definitely had it first though. When I initially saw Art and Lynne’s email I was a little peeved, but then I talked to Chris and he said… “It doesn’t really matter. In fact, it is good for us, more publicity. They aren’t really competition for us, after all.”

So, I thought about it, and I don’t really mind too much. We did pay to have that logo created, and we did spend a lot of time thinking about it, and how we wanted it to look. We wanted a “mean-looking” octopus. Well, not really “mean” but sort of cool looking. More James Bond then Pink Panther. Does that make sense? A local guy called Julien created it for us. He has now left the island. Wait! Do you think that Julien went to Vietnam? It is possible.

I think that it is more likely that the Vietnam Octopus Diving found our website, liked the logo and decided to steal the design. Perhaps they check our website frequently. Maybe they even read my blog. Maybe they are reading this right now and finding out that they have been busted! I have looked for their website, but I can’t find one for them. If you find one, let me know.

Oh well, doesn’t matter too much. In fact, it is pretty cool to think that we have had an influence all the way across the world in Vietnam.

Sally wrote this blog 🙂

4 Responses to “Octopus Diving in Vietnam??”

  1. Rob August 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Hi Guys, you are taking it much better than I would that is for certain. I am currently creating a new logo for my photo business and would be a bit more than peeved if I had paid for it and someone else took it without asking. I have no problems sharing but give credit where credit is due, you worked with a designer to craft something unique for your company and to have it pirated can leave more than just a bit of a sour taste.

    I think the way you are handling this says a lot about how you do business. Good for you!! Hope we can get a dive or two in with you next time we are on island this fall.

    • Sally August 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

      It is annoying, but I don’t think there is much we can do!

  2. Jason January 23, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    I was searching for Octopus Diving in Vietnam when i came across your site. I did my PADI there back in 2005 whilst travelling and can say that the company was quite professional. We looked around at quite a few locations before deciding on Octopus and although it may have changes since i just wanted to let you know that its been established for quite a while and was quite well run.

    Kind Regards.

  3. Minh Tri September 15, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Hi. My name’s Tri. I work for Octopus Diving in Vietnam for more than 10years and i just found this. My manager is Simon White, he said that Octopus Logo is his own design. Sign im read this i knew its not fair for you bcau he’s lier. There are no more Octopus Diving in Vietnam, they were change it to Sailing Club Divers now and they was going down very badly. I work with Octopus Diving for long time so i love this dive company. But now i finish with them and start my own bisiness. I thing i will open new Dive Shop and would like to keep Octopus Diving name bcau its cool name. But i will design new logo myselve. Hope you are happy with that.
    Kind Regards

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