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

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Alison Scheflow, FL, US
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Report Number 5931
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
 25 islands in Caribbean, Bahamas & Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
78   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No strictly enforced limits dive your own profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
dedicated rinse bucket on board but no real onshore facilities that we saw.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Statia has established a very comprehensive marine park  around the entire
Island. Unlike many so called parks there is  actual funding and
enforcement to really protect these resources. That fact alone should be
enough to get divers to patronize this little gem, but there is so much
more.The Goldenrock Dive operation is run by owners & staff who are
passionate about diving and extremely concerned about customer service. The
first 2 days we dove with another couple on the small boat The third day we
added 2 more people so the larger boat was used where many operations would
have cramped us on the small vessel. Two days later we were scheduled to
dive a wreck of the Charlie Brown and 2 more divers wanted to go. Glenn
felt their experience level was incompatible with those on  board so he
actually turned them away to avoid hindering  us. He was able to
accommodate them later  but very few operators would refuse $ to maximize
our experience. Great variety in the diving and some incredible visibility,
near 150 ft on a few occasions. The island is small, pop 2700, and  dining
choices are somewhat limited but  very good and reasonable. I cannot get $2
coronas anywhere else.Try to hit a different spot every day  you will be
pleasantly surprised. Old Gin House was just as advertised clean, quaint
and very comfortable.  Breakfast is included and is not your usual
continental junk,good food cooked to order with fresh ingredients. The
staff was outstanding. The service and accommodations exceeded our
expectations. I heard that internet service was  sporadic but I had
problems only 1 day out of 7, not bad for the islands.. All in all a great
vacation if you do not require shopping or nightlife. We felt we were
genuinely welcome everywhere we wandered. This island gets no publicity due
to its small ad budget and it may never get "discovered" That
does not mean you can't. You thought this kind of island no longer existed
, You were misled.  Change your plans. Go to Statia stay at the Old Gin
House and be treated like a VIP. Experience great scenery and friendly
faces in a crime free environment. Dive with Glenn  at Goldenrock and hear
how he organized the sinking of one of the largest wrecks/artificial reefs
anywhere. Dine at locally owned eateries where fresh and homemade are
really fresh and homemade. Take the walk up to the extinct volcano crater
& enjoy the views. Watch the activity in the "harbor" with NO
CRUISE SHIPS.  Spend 7 days in the Caribbean w/o being hustled. Get
Renaldo, resident and fisherman & divemaster extraordinaire to catch
& cook you and your dive companions a lobster & conch feast
dockside on your last night Then get home and fire your travel agent for
not sending you there sooner.     
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