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

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Joe Puglia, Fl, USA
Report Number 1445
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Thailand, Solomons, Palau, Red Sea, Saba, Bahamas]
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must be guided in marine park  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Bucket supplied if requested.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Variety of diving was very good; nice wrecks, walls, heads and lava flows. 
Golden Rock did a nice job, were very helpful and let us dive our profile. 
Lisa (Dive Master) was terrific.  There were lots of tropicals and a good
variety of macro stuff.  There was no real big stuff but the diving was
easy and enjoyable. Flying Gurnards were interesting plus there were
spotted drums, jack knifes and variety of eels.  At Aquarium we came across
a Spotted Snake Eel - fantastic!  

The boats were comfortable.  That was especially true for the new catamaran
they are running.  There was plenty of room and never more than six divers
on the boat. Nitrox was avaiable and can help out with bottom time as they
let you dive your tank.

The Old Gin House was comfortable.  We stayed in one of the ocean front
rooms which was quite nice with a large bathroom and balcony overlooking
the bay.  Chef Marc had just started the day before we arrived but he did a
very nice job.  We also ate at the Blue Bead down the street a little way. 
The daily homemade pastries there were great!

Statia is as good as any where I've been in the Caribbean for relaxed
enjoyable diving.  Michelle and Glenn do anything to make your stay
enjoyable.  The island is very laid back.  Great place if you just want to
relax and dive.
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