St Maarten Shore Excursions

FACT: More people = less marine life!

Are you tired of scuba diving and snorkeling on huge boats with lots of people? Tired of paying top cruise ship prices to dive with 30 other people? Would you like to get away from the crowds and experience something truly special?

Cruise Ship Guests are Welcome

Cruise Ship Guests are Welcome

Where can you find less crowded scuba diving and snorkel sites? Come diving with Octopus Diving. We take hundreds of cruise ship passenger diving every year. 

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Worried about getting back on time?
Even if you are here only for a day, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy all the wonders that St. Martin’s underwater world has to offer, with the best dive and snorkel operator on the island.

From our cruise ship convenient location in Philipsburg (Octopus Diving SXM), we offer a 8:30 am 2 tank dive trip and a 1:30 pm 1 tank dive trip. From our French Side location in Grand Case, we offer 8:30 am and 1:30 pm check-in times. From the French Side, all departures are two tank diving and/or snorkeling trips. With this variety of departure times and locations, there is always an option that will work with your schedule.

If you are really concerned about having a diving or snorkeling trip that is truly personalized to you and your schedule, then why not book a private charter? This way we can cater every element of the trip for you. Get the WHOLE boat to yourself or your group with a Captain, dive guide, drinks and snacks for as little as $600 for a half day for snorkeling or $800 for a half day of diving.

What’s the underwater scene like here?

The diving in Sint Maarten/St. Martin is awesome; we have shallow reefs teeming with all the marine life you would expect to see in the Caribbean and just off shore we have some beautiful wrecks to dive on. Check out our photos on Facebook to get a glimpse.

How do I get to Octopus Diving SXM?

We are just a few minutes walk away from the cruise ship terminal, or an even more convenient water taxi ride- the inexpensive water taxis that drop off at Bobby’s Marina will literally put you on our shop doorstep!

How do I get to Grand Case?

We are approximately 25 minutes from the ship and can arrange for transfers by taxi to and from the Cruise Ship Terminal in Philipsburg. Our Taxi drivers are polite and prompt and hand picked by Chris.

Fact: Diving and Snorkeling makes you hungry!!!
Scuba dive with Octopus Diving in the morning and then enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the Lolos. (Standing for Locally Owned and Locally Operated). The Lolos are famous for great BBQ, at $10 per person for lunch it doesn’t get much better! No trip to Saint Martin is complete without a meal at one of the Lolos!) Then spend the afternoon on one of the two beautiful beaches, Grand Case Bay or Petite Plage, or perusing the many small French boutiques.

Click here to check out some of the best beaches St Martin / Sint Maarten has to offer.

Please do not hesitate to Contact Us for further information.

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Telephone number:

+1 914 487 1315   –   8 am to 5 pm daily