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

Golden Rock Dive Center/The Old Gin House, Oct, 2010,

by Jeff Bloomer, IL, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 5757.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate container for cameras was provided.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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