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

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Deb Swackhamer & David DeVault, MN, USA
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Report Number 350
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean; Hawaii; Micronesia; Great Barrier Reef
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth, pressure  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
We had a wonderful experience - met our expectations (from the recent
SkinDiver magazine article) and then some. Glenn and Michele Faires of
Golden Rock were warm, friendly, professional, and made sure we had great
dives and great accomodations at the Old Gin House. They even arranged a
quick trip over to Saba for us. The reef was pristine, and very rich in
abundance and diversity - plus they have wall diving, wreck diving, reefs.
Annouck and Benji are the dive instructors, and they were terrific - made
you feel like family. A very personal trip, sometimes just us diving with
one of the DM, and we always saw something special. We didn't find any blue
beads, but one of the other divers on one dive found two beauties. Very
laid back, but professional operation. The Old Gin House was elegant in a
colonial fashion, terrific food and service, we felt very pampered.
Exceptionally friendly local folks. Not much to do other than dive, but if
you want exceptional caribbean diving at a small, friendly, out-of-the-way
place - this is fabulous. 
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