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Dive Review of Dive Statia/Gin House in
St. Eustatius

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, USA
Report Number 517
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Palau, Yap, Tortola, Cayman, Tobago, Bonaire, Red Sea, Roatan, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Please cancel my previous report, since I left out relevant information
Ed Leibowitz
ST Eustatius had nice diving sites. Unfortunately when I was there, algae
were blooming which sufficiently cut down visibility to 25-75 feet. On some
of the dives(very few) there were strong currents. Rudy and Rinda Hees,
operators of Dive Statia, along with Caroline and Nick were very
accommodating and run an excellent diving operarion. They permitted me to
dive in the morning and afternoon. Other diving resorts where I've been
offer a two dive package in the morning and charge you for  an extra dive
for the afternoon dive, even if you only do two dives per day.  In one
case, I got caught in a strong surface current and could not swim back to
the boat after surfacing from a dive.  Nick kept his eye on me and pulled
me in with a rope. They all bent over backwards to provide assistance to
the scuba diver. I particularly enjoyed diving the  wrecks on ST-NE-PA. I
dove it during the day but it would be an excellent night dive. Saw some
big fish, neat coral formations and a lot of small critters. The night dive
was exceptionally good. I dove Nitrox and the cost per tank was $8 extra
which I consider reasonable.

      I enjoyed eating at Sonny's Chinese restaurant within walking
distance of the Gin House.  The food was exceptionally good and I highly
recommend it. It is best to make lodging reservations through Dive Statia
as they obtain lodging discounts for divers. I saved $45 per night at the
Gin House through Dive Statia. Regular rate for my room was $125. Dive
Statia rate was $80.  Room at the Gin House was spacious with excellent
Cable TV. I felt that the Gin House breakfast, included in room rate could
have been better.I would definitely consider returning to St Eustatius ,
diving with Dive Statia and staying at the Gin House. 

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