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Dive Review of Dive Statia in
St. Eustatius

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Betty Peterson, CA, usa (2 reports)
Report Number 2005

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Reporter
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Fiji, St. Vincent, Dominica, other Caribbean Islands

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving
Dives in Marine Park must be guided.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Separate rinse bucket at shop.  Returned to shop between dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Rudy and Rinda own the dive shop.  Rinda arranged our inter-island flights
on Winair.  We rented a house through Rudy across the street from Rudy and
Rinda.  They are remodeling a home to a bed and breakfast which should be
beautiful when completed.
Most dives are in the Marine Park.  They are relaxed and colorful.  Double
Wreck was especially nice.  The Charlie Brown is a newer wreck and a fun
dive.  Remco and Sonja are the dive masters and really enjoy the
"job".  We did a scooter dive with Rudy.  I'm sure we looked like
six kids on Christmas morning with new toys. The best dive was a night dive
at Stenapa. There were lots of hugh sleeping turtles as well as reef squid,
lobster and a hunting barracuda. It was supposed to be  40 minute or so but
turned into an hour.
Rudy loaned us their jeep the first day so we could get to dinner as we
didn't pick up our rental vehicle till the next morning. Don't lock the
cars there.  The house had a pool and we enjoyed having it to ourselves
after a day of diving.  We just stayed there relaxed and ate in some
nights.  The stores were pretty well stocked-but couldn't find any Hagen
Das ice cream.  When we did go out we enjoyed Sonnys Chinese Restaurant and
The Blue Bead.
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