Our custom built dive boat “Octopussy” is a power catamaran made by Hydrocat in Florida. She is, without a doubt, the best dive boat in St.Martin / St.Maarten. She is 30 feet long, 11 feet wide and has a draft of just 12 inches, giving excellent stability in the water, planning speeds in excess of 40 knots and a comfortable, dry ride. “Octopussy” is powered by two 2009 Mercury 225HP Optimax engines. Chris is now a certified Mercury Technician making it easier to ensure that the engines are always running at optimal performance. The tank rack and ladder are both produced by a local craftsman out of marine grade aluminum and designed by Chris and Sally to make gearing up, entry and exits as easy as possible. We now have a Sony Marine Audio system on-board and also have iPod hook up available. All our captains have International Licenses, and hundreds of hours at sea ensuring a safe and pleasant boat ride. In order to make the trip as comfortable as possible we provide fresh fruit and water on the dive boat and for true VIP service we only ever take a maximum of six guests per trip. The low numbers on our dive boat give each scuba diver the chance to get to know eachother and have a safe and fun experience whether diving in St Martin or snorkeling in St Martin.
Our custom built dive boat is called Arvor meaning “by the sea.” She is a 25 foot Mako powered with brand new twin Mercury 150 hp 2 stroke (low emission) engines. Arvor is a fast and comfortable dive boat. With a speed of 30-35 knots we can reach any of the more than 30 dive sites in less than 20 minutes letting you spend more time enjoying scuba in St. Martin. All our captains have International Licenses, and hundreds of hours at sea ensuring a safe and pleasant boat ride.
In order to make the trip as comfortable as possible we provide fresh fruit and fresh water on the boats and for true VIP service we only take a maximum of six guests per trip. The low numbers on our dive boat give each scuba diver the chance to get to know each other and have a safe and fun boat experience whether diving in St Martin or snorkeling in St Martin. Arvor’s new ladder ensures a safe and easy exit from the water, and our VIP service includes helping each scuba diver gear up for easy scuba diving in the Caribbean!
Kraken is the latest addition to the Octopus Diving Fleet. She is a brand new vessel that was custom built for Octopus Diving in 2013 and delivered on December 15th, 2013. She is a 30 ft Island Hopper with a 12 ft beam, making her an extremely stable and comfortable diving platform. She has outstanding capabilities in all sea conditions. The deck space on this boat is huge, she has been designed and certified for 24 divers however we are still only taking small groups!
There is space for 20 tanks in racks. She has all the usual electronics; VHF radio, GPS, FM stereo with IPOD hook up. She is powered by a 430HP Yanmar 6 Cylinder Diesel engine capable of 30 knots fully loaded. This is the biggest engine they can install in this size boat. She makes diving or snorkeling in the Caribbean waters even easier and more enjoyable than you thought possible. She is also able to cater to larger snorkeling groups and larger groups of divers if you have a bigger group.
At Octopus Diving safety is paramount so our dive boats are equipped with the following safety equipment:
- DAN Oxygen Kit
- DAN First Aid Kit
- Life Jackets
- VHF Radio/Cell phone
- GPS- Flare kit
- Dive flag
- Navigation lights
- Fresh Water
- Spare tanks
- Tool kit
- Spares kit
- Two fire extinguishers
Scuba diving in St Martin has never been more comfortable or relaxed than diving on our custom dive boats… fast and safe!