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

Dive Statia/King's Well Inn, Mar, 2004,

by Peter Hartlove, CO, USA . Report 991.

Reporter and Travel

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

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 79 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 53
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 nite.Reena 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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