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Dive Review of Golden Rock Dive in
St. Eustatius

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanie Weimer, WY, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3769
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Ft. Lauderdale,Bonaire, San Juan Islands, San Diego, Catalina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
had to be within sight of DM at all times  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
no fresh water rinse tank on boat. no area for set up.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
We had heard wonderful things and reviews about the dive operation so were
looking forward to a fun-filled week of diving.  I had e-mailed the owners
prior to our arrival and Michele was very helpful and accomodating. She
answered all my questions and was very amicable and courteous.
We arrived and our lodging and quarters were above average and the Old Gin
House was all that we had heard about and more.
We had our first day of diving and the owner Glenn went as our guide and to
check out our dive skills.  There were 8 of us in our group and all have
been diving many years with hundreds of dives.  They took us to Wreck Alley
and on the tour, a few in our group did not stay together.  The wrecks were
open and 3 or 4 went inside.  Glenn gathered us together and we ascended. 
On the boat, he came unglued.  We did many things wrong like not staying
within his sight and he had not given us permission to penetrate the wreck.
 This set the tone for the entire week.  He apoligized later and tried to
make it up but we did not have a good feeling about diving here.  He did
not dive with us again but let his very capable and enjoyable Divemasters,
Lisa and Stefan lead us on the other dives.  We had no more issues with the
diving but the entire operation was very poorly managed.  The boat that was
the primary mode of transportation was not in working order most of the
time.  The DM would take us out to the dive sites, tie up and go on the
dive.  No one was left on board and from a safety stand-point, this was of
some concern.  We would get back on board and the motor wouldn't start. 
This happened for 3 days.  They would have to wait for a battery to be
brought out and then take us back for another tank.  Why not have two tanks
on-board so we could have done another dive?  It took us 8 hours to do
three dives and most of the time the local eating places were closed and no
way to get snacks or drinks.  They did have water, sodas and beer available
for $3.00/drink.  Most places at least give you water. We tried to give
them suggestions (like take a spare battery)but Glenn had an excuse for
everything. We saw the same dive sites a couple of times and no one was
willing to consider other options.  There was considerable amount of
current and instead of diving into the current going and let it take you
back, we ended up spending most of our dive right around the anchor line. 
One person in our group was swept off the line and had to surface swim back
to the boat (again with no one on board to lend assistance).
We will not be going back to this diving operation, even though Michele was
very apologetic and conciliatory, it did not leave us with a good feeling.
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