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

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Bloomer, IL, US
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Report Number 5757
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All through the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions.  You could do just about anything you wanted.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Separate container for cameras was provided.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
The bad: Credit cards were only accepted at the hotel and the dive shop,
all else was cash. Limited restaurants but you didn't go hungry. The good:
This island is the Caribbean of Gardner McKay (Google him) and of what
Jimmy Buffet sings about. Laid back and relaxed. No schedules just go when
you want to go. Diving was super, tons of large tropical fish, BIG lobsters
on every dive, sharks, turtles and rays everywhere. One one dive we must
have seen 12 different large rays. Small stuff too like Pike Blennys and
Jaw fish. Many crabs, etc. Statia reminds me of how the Caribbean was 25
years ago. You can imagine your Captain Don landing on an undiscovered
island and unlocking its underwater secrets for the first time. On our
first dive, on a wreak, I dropped down the line and to my left were two
rays swimming along with a turtle between them. Around the back side of the
ship were 25 lobsters crowded under the wreak on the sand. Glen and Michael
run a very relaxed and easy going operation where a true diver can
experience what us old timers always talk about. The Old Gin House is run
by a young Dutch couple Dominic and Wauter (Walter to us Americans). Rooms
were very nice and the AC worked great. Nice little bar and breakfast was
good. Not enough business to have the restaurant open the rest of the day
but the hotel was great about finding us places to eat so be adventurous.
One night we hired a local to cook our group up a BBQ. Fresh lobster
(Statia has a UW Park and some shared use areas to fish), grilled fish and
fish soup with salads. Best meal of the trip. Glen and Michael and Matt
their DM joined use and we ate, talked and drank the night away. I haven't
had that experience in a very long time. If you are looking for the type of
diving that made diving exciting Statia is the place for you. Consider a
two island trip as we did, Saba and Statia. I would start with Statia and
end with Saba. Check out my comments on Saba for this same time period.
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