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Dive Review of Golden Rock Dive in
St. Eustatius

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Pat Sinclair, FL, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2226
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bimini, Grand Cayman, Florida Keys, Cozumel, Roatan, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Restricted to dive always with Dive Master in reserve waters.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
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  
If you asked, Lisa and Mike would try to find just about anything you
wanted to take a picture of.  I wanted a garden eel shot, they took me to
the place and they sat and waited with me for the 15 minutes it took for
the critter to come out so I could take the shot.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Michelle and Glen run a very fine establishment in Statia.  I was impressed
by the level of service from the staff of both the Old Gin House and also
by the dive shop.
Where to start - where to start!  We had such a great stay, after things
started off so badly.  Hurricane Wilma caused a delay with our trip, by 2
days.  Since MIA was closed, we ended up flying out of DFW to TPA then to
Puerto Rico, then St Martin then to Statia.  I was very unhappy about
losing the day and a half, but Glen and Michelle made the trip so memorable
I had almost forgotten about the inauspicious start.   Upon arrival at
Statia, we were met at the tiny airport and taken to the Old Gin House,
where we checked in, dropped by the dive shop store front, checked in
there, and then went up to the room and unpacked.  We were so tired we took
a nap and then got up and walked down to the Blue Bead restaurant and had a
great dinner.  The next day we went down for breakfast and arranged to do
our two daily dives as the 10 AM and 2PM dives.  We kept largely to that
schedule the whole time we were there, we were on vacation, after all and
wanted to get some rest and enjoy our time together on this pretty little
On the first dive, I got motion sickness, and while I made that dive I was
not able to make the 2nd dive of that day.  My husband went on the next
dive, with DM Lisa and he said she found so much stuff for him, he was
quite impressed with her and her knowledge of the area and the critters.  
The next day I remembered to take my Bonine and made both dives.  The area
does not have reefs quite like I am used to, however the numbers of fish,
turtles, lobsters, rays, eels and so forth more than made up for that and
of course, they were very unafraid of divers, I guess since it is a marine
reserve they had no reason to fear anyone.  The size of the lobsters was
unbelievable - I have never before seen so many HUGE lobsters!  
We had signed up to do 10 dives and 1 night dive before we came here.  We
managed to do 8 dives each, we could have done all 11, but..well, we
decided to be lazy and just relax one afternoon and then there was the
night dive!   
We did the Wreck City dive one afternoon with DM Lisa and saw the biggest
lofggerhead turtles (two big ones and one small turtle)on these wrecks that
I have ever seen.  I managed to get a couple of shots, one of which turned
out beautifully.  I cannot tell you how awesome it was to see that animal
lazily swim past us, and it happened so quickly that I am thankful to have
gotten the 3 shots out of the pass that I did.  
One afternoon, my husband decided the hammock at the dive shop looked
really good to him, so he would stay behind and take a nap there.  I went
out with Mike as DM and we did the Blue Bead dive.  There is no reef at all
on this dive, but the amount of small critters was unbelievable.  He also
found the first octopus I have ever seen in daylight.  It was hidden under
a shell covering a hole in the sand.  Cute thing, it was!
Our last dive, was the Wreck City dive at night.  We again went out with DM
Mike, and this dive was just the three of us.  I have never enjoyed night
dives and have never had a good one.  I can never say that again.  Mike
took us slowly through the wrecks and we saw the two large loggerheads
asleep in their respective holds of two of the wrecks (one was on the small
tug boat.)  The tugboat wreck was literally covered in orange cup corals,
one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.  We were accompanied the
entire dive by the largest barracuda I have ever seen (he was a good 4 feet
long and really big around the middle), he was always near us, hoping, I
guess, that we would scare up a meal for him.  I also had a swim with Tina
(the smallest of the 3 turtles that hang around these wrecks.)  She stayed
with me the last 1/4 of the dive, until we headed back topside. I was
impressed with how beautiful and serene a night dive can be. 
Bob and I decided after that night dive, that any other dive would but pale
by comparison, so we packed up our dive gear the next morning and took the
day off.  We went sight seeing around the island, which is so pretty.  We
went up to the old fort and looked out at the vista.  We learned about the
history of the island and then went and visited the Atlantic side where the
water is so different from the Caribbean side.
Food was mostly eatten at the Old Gin House and it was fabulous!!! Try the
The next day we headed home.  The only thing I wished I had known before
the trip was what the take off and landing at Saba was like.  That scared
the heck out of me.  Landing wasn't too bad, but the take off!!!  If you
don't have a strong stomach, try taking flights from Statia to St Martin
that are direct to St Martin and do not stop on Saba.
We will go back there again!    
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