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.
Our 2 tank dive trips check-in time is 8:30 AM from our Philipsburg location and return around 12 PM. Want to go out for one dive? We have afternoon 1 tank dive trips! Our afternoon trips check-in time is 1:30 pm and return by 4 pm. We take out no more than 8 divers per trip, ensuring that you receive personalized attention and never feel like you’re part of a herd.
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. Here, you’ll see healthy, vibrant reef systems, dynamic wrecks, 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.
From the moment you arrive, your boutique dive experience begins. Our staff will 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 in and out of 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 morning 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 onto the dock where we will rinse and store your gear or help you pack up for your return to your cruise ship. We will also provide all the dive site information you’ll want to record in your log book.
If you’re looking to go for a 2 tank afternoon trip, or if you have snorkelers, uncertified divers who want to give it a try, or new divers in your group, check out our French Side sister operation in Grand Case, Octopus Diving!
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 BCD’s and Regulators at home and use our equipment? If you like, just bring your own mouth piece and we will change it for you.