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

September, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Clem Clapp, AL, US
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Report Number 6262
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mostly Mexico and various Caribbean and Central American locations 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
beware of wreck penetration although some were permissable.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
The owners, Glenn and Michelle, were most pleasant, flexible and
accomodating. I was the only diver on all but 2 of my 10 dive package.
Their attitude along with dm Matt led to really laid back and enjoyable
diving for the week. Although they had taken their boats out of the water
for a tropical storm, they got their rubber dingy back in on the first day
so that I wouldn't miss any diving. By the 2nd day they had their Stumpy,
their comfortable and reliable dive boat back in the water.  The dive sites
were all within 5-15 minutes from the dock and the dock was only a 5-7
minute walk from the Gin House. There was a nice varity of most smaller
tropicals and the coral was healthy on all but one site. There were large
fans, plums and baskets on many sites. Diving was mostly above 80 ft. but
the best diving was around 50-60 ft. The water was so warm that I dove only
with a swim suit except for the first dive. There were several old wrecks
and one recent one, The Charles Brown, in which Glenn helped head up the
logistics for sinking. Although Statia would not be considered high
adventure diving, this was very decent diving and Statia was very laid back
and low key just the way that we prefer. No cruise ships nor drug gangs
here to spoil life for the 3000 or so residents or visitors. Several good
places to dine and not too expensive considering the island location. We
may have had the best room on the island with the ocean front suite at Gin
House. It was right on the water with a nice view. Save for the late
evening meet and greet from the medical school kids with a dj at the bar
next door, it was a nice and quiet place. A full breakfast was included in
our package and the Golden Era next door had very good lunch and dinner
although the little hotel was a bit long in the tooth. Could use a good
sprucing up. Good hiking for those who like it. Folks here are tuned in to
environmental protection.    
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