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Dive Review of Dive Statia/King's Well Inn in
St. Eustatius

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Hartlove, CO, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 991

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Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over Caribbean, PNG, Solomons, Fiji, Indonesia, Cocos, Galapagos

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 0    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Deco, told us how deep to go but no walls to speak of so no problem. At
first it seemed they wanted us to follow the dive leaders but after the
first day or so, we were able to go on our own. No touching, no gloves.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No rinse buckets on boat, 1 large bucket at the shop, saw a few interesting
creatures, accomodating Flying Gurnards, several angels of all species, 1
brown seahorse, a few wrecks, some encrusted.  A new wreck will be good in
a few years, if you are into wrecks.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We were a group of 25, special chartered plane to get there, crowd and band
met us at the airport, big deal for us flying Sun Caribbean in!  Win and
Laura at King's Well Inn were very accomodating but weren't used to such a
large group.  We filled the place and had all 3 meals a day there.  They
worked their tails off!  Very nice rooms, overlooking the ocean, no A/C but
didn't need it.  The waves crashing was wonderful at [Reporters
link] and Rudy at Dive Statia also were accomodating but not used to 25
divers at once.  Had to borrow a boat to accomodate us on 2 boats.  Took 3
days to settle in to the routine.  Had young, relatively inexperienced dive
guides, not great at pointing things out.  It was stressed that there was
no touching and no gloves allowed.  Then, on the 2nd dive, my wife saw Rudy
grab a lobster buy the antenna, pull it out of it's hole and wave it around
to show everyone, as it struggled to free itself.  She confronted him
topside and his defense was that he wasn't hurting it.  I guess the rules
don't apply to him.  Reported to the Marine Park officials.  There are a
few interesting wrecks (some encrusted, one brand new that will mature with
age), average Caribbean diving.  Old style Caribbean island that has not
been built up, that was nice, everyone smiles and waves at you.  At first,
we were told no spair-airs (unsure why)but they relented when pushed. 
Wanted to control our routes of dives at first but we are experienced and
went our own way after the first day without problems.  A few small
critters, many angels, couple of sharks, several turtles, 1 seahorse,
overall, average Caribbean diving from a spoiled Pacific diver.
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