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

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Lynn M. Thorne, NC, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5404
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Keep within sight of divemaster  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
I cannot say enough positive things about St Eustatius or Statia Island;
however, I will give it a try:
The Island: Think of what you want on a dive vacation and Statia has a
piece of all of it.  This island is not used to tourists with virtually no
commercialism or gimmicky trappings of so many vacation destinations.  The
Statian people are friendly and courteous but not artificially so.  No one
is coming up to you to sell something, but they will give directions or
advice if asked.  The island is also almost completely crime free, so
exploring anywhere feels safe.  The temperature is a very comfortable 82
degrees with a perfect gentle breeze keeping things just right to be
outside.  The small village located about 150 vertical feet above our hotel
and dive operation has an endless amount of beautiful tropical vistas
looking down on a blue Caribbean Sea.  Hint: Visit the numerous mom &
pop bakeriesYumm.
The Accommodations: Our group of 14 Gypsy Divers from Raleigh, NC stayed at
The Old Gin House Hotel/Restaurant/Bar.  A pleasant young couple who run
the place, (we called them Walt and Dominique), work very hard and make
every effort to keep everyone happy.  The rooms were clean, roomy, with
large showers and enough hot water to meet our needs.  The grounds are
tropical with an old world charm.  Breakfast served to order was
consistently enjoyable.
The Diving:  Most of our group including myself has been to many dive
operations from all over the Caribbean and we all felt the dive operation
called Golden Rock Dive Center ranks very high with their attention to
customer service, safety, flexibility, and professionalism.  The owners
Glen and Michelle could not have been more attentive to our group. The
experienced divemasters Matt and Stephen both exhibit the perfect balance
of pointing out interesting items underwater without being overbearing.  A
new staff member Browny always greeted us with a smile and a helping hand.
They have two boats, we used their large pontoon boat called EZ Goin which
was an apt name.  This boat had about 6 exits for a easy giant stride into
the calm blue waters.  I was very impressed of how well the divemaster
handled our large group. We were split into 2 groups and staggered our
entry by 5 minutes.  This way if felt we were only diving with 6 or 7 other
divers.  Their other boat is a more traditional dive boat which looks to be
about 30 feet long.
The underwater dive sites varied with many cool wrecks to beautiful coral
encrusted old lava formations.  The diving is relaxing with an easy slow
pace.  Underwater life is abundant with all the usual Caribbean beauties
including curious turtles, rays, and huge aggressive lobsters everywhere. 
During our visit, the underwater visibility topped 80 feet all week and is
often even better.
Summary:  Statia is a dive destination worth visiting.  I am definitely
planning a return trip.
To see my vacation video of Statia go to the following URLs: 
Part 1 
Part 2
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