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

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Tom & Lita Schaffer, CA, USA
Report Number 21
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Fiji, Bahamas, Bonaire, Utila, Cozumel, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit of 135 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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  
4 stars  
A shady spot on the boat was provided for cameras and a rinse tank provided
on shore. Since 
boat trips were typically 15 - 20 minutes the lack of a tank on board was
not a problem.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Golden Rock Divers operation was excellent. Very accomodating on where we
wanted to dive and at what times.
The group set the dive times and dive location. We all decided on a 9:00
morning dive and a 2:00 afternoon dive. 
The operators, Glenn and Michelle, were very friendly and knowledgeable.
The Dive Masters, Benji and Annouke,
were extremely capable and very good with the new divers in the group. All
were very knowledgeable of the area
and could usually take you to a site where you could find whatever critter
you were might be looking for.
They did not hurry through the dive and were very patient for the
photographers. The dive boat was large enough
to accommodate the usual 6 divers without feeling crowded.
The dive operation owners and staff even went out with the group for dinner
and drinks several nights.
Great operation to deal with and would recommend them highly.
There was plenty for my non-diving wife to do on the island and she did not
get bored while I was diving.

The Old Gin House was newly renovated and comfortable. Rooms were clean and
maid service available daily.
The pool, although small, was a welcome dip between dives. 
The restaurant on premisis is very good and has a 4 star chef. Be warned
that the prices are not in
Guilders but US Dollars. Dinner was about $40 each not 45 Guilders (1
Guilder = $1.80 US)!
There were several good places to eat on the island and one place in
particulay, Smoke Alley, made GREAT
It should be noted that the eating establishments on the island run on
"Island Time" so be patient.
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