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Dive Review of Golden Rock Dive Center/Old Gin House in
St. Eustatius

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Joni & Bobby Lamb, GA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 1228
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Marine Park required purchase of BC tags and dive master escort. Only limit
was stay within no-decompression limits.  
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
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
On our first morning, we knew we were off the beaten path after we awoke to
roosters crowing outside our hotel room at 4:00 am, and every morning
thereafter. There were free-range goats, donkeys, cows, and chickens as
well. And we loved every minute of our stay. This is the kind of island
life we seek. We enjoy visiting a place that is away from the popular
tourist traps. We traveled to Statia with three other couples, and all of
us had a wonderful time. Golden Rock Dive Center (
owners Michelle & Glenn Faires made sure our stay on the island was
comfortable and enjoyable. They booked us in the Old Gin House and provided
transportation to and from the Statia airport. Divemasters Lisbeth and
Michael were entertaining and very knowledgeable of the dive sites. All of
the staff was very friendly and accommodating. All of our dives were from
their pontoon boat, which was never crowded. We never had more than 10
divers on this boat. Golden Rock provided plenty of space for us to rinse
and hang our gear to dry. They also put away our gear in their shop at
night. The diving was great with plenty of healthy marine life and corals.
The Old Gin House was a charming little hotel. There were few wait staff
personnel, but they were friendly and we all managed fine by ourselves. We
have to remember, we were on a very small island and we have to make do
with what we had. The breakfast thats included in the dive/hotel package
was mainly continental, but did include cook-to-order eggs. The poolside
rooms were comfortable and clean. We had hot water and a/c. The pool area
had shade for those of us who like to stay out of the sun. We never had a
bad meal anywhere on the island. We ate most lunches at the Blue Bead
Restaurant since it was located at the boat docks. We would work up an
appetite walking up the steep Slave Walk just behind the hotel for dinner
in Upper Town. When flying there, we had a four-hour layover in the St.
Martin airport. We found an upstairs cocktail lounge in the in-transit side
of the airport that provided plenty of free drinks and munchies for a $20
cover charge. It was well worth it. When flying back home, always plan for
long lines at the St. Martin airport. This was our third vacation through
this airport and it never gets any better. We are required to claim our
luggage from the island hopper planes, and recheck it on our connecting
flight coming back home.
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