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

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ben Beulen, WI, US (1 report)
Report Number 5373
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
 Grand Cayman, Grenada, St. Lucia, Utila, Dominica,Nevis,St. Kitts,Tobago,
Bonaire, Saba, Statia,Montserrat
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No gloves to be worn, due to diving in a Marine Park. No touching coral or
harassing marine creatures. No wreck penetrations unless designated.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Glenn, owner of Golden Rock Dive Center, has published photos in several
magazines. His photos are very well done and he is more than willing to
offer tips and advise to help the novice "UWP" achieve better
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Statia is a great deal for the money and relative ease in getting there. It
is NOT for the tourist minded that needs lots of shopping, high rise
expensive accomidations, miles and miles of beaches to walk on and hustle
and bustle of late night entertainment.
It is friendly,low key island with lots of hiking, site seeing and
Glenn & Michele at Golden Rock Dive Center try to meet all the needs of
their customers. They go out of their way to "do what you want to
do". They will take you to reefs, wrecks, walls or sand flats
depending on what you want to see, just ask. The divemaster are great at
pointing out the minature sealife, they are very safety minded and give
informative dive briefings. However, it is your responability to listen and
follow suggestions to insure your safety and fun. 
On this trip we saw turtles on almost every dive and while we were
snorkeling. A huge Spotted Eagle Ray stayed with us one whole dive!! 5 ft.
Baracuda, huge Angels and lobsters, a Scorpion Fish and the hard to find
Flying Gurnard were just some of the sealife that we saw. On our last trip
we saw a Seahorse and had Dolphins next to the boat on the way in from a
dive. We have heard Whales and seen Sharks.

The Old Gin House has great rooms, a very neat setting with a professional
management team of Dominique & Wouter who work very hard to see to all
of your wants and needs. The breakfast that comes with the dive package is
very enjoyable and substantional.
Going to the island with a relaxed mind set will help you enjoy the whole
experience. Remember there is such a thing as "island time". So
just relax, enjoy, experience and stop watching the clock!!! Time is NOT
money on vacation!! Leave that mind set back home!!
Just about anything can be arranged through Dominique or Michele, to see
that you have a wonderful vacation.
The little island hopper airline, Winair, is the only problem area that can
be problematic.Check reservations carefully both to and from and keep a
copy of corespondance. If a problem does arise they do attempt to rectify
the issue.
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