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

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Santini, VT, usa
Report Number 406
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caymans Bonaire Curacao Truk palau Yap Belize Costa Rica 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
NO restrictions once you demonstrated your diving ability.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No fresh water rice tank on boat, once they saw me carry water on to the
boat they provided a salt water tank to keep equipment wet until arriving
back at dive shop. Fresh water hose at shop. Staff was very carful and
helpful with camera equip. No camera table on boat but boats were not
crowded so it was fine. No E6 on the island but Glen, the owner, does have
plans to puchase E6 equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
The island was what i expected. Pre trip information was gathered from the
Chap book, undercurrents Jan. issue and other sources. Great place for
divers and those who want a quiet and relaxed vacation. Not for those
looking nightlife or shopping. Food at the Old Gin House was excellent and
no more expensive than a good meal in the US,and there were many good
places to eat that were very inexpensive for the meal provided. 
  I book a dive package with Golden Rock Divers and was very pleased with
the operation. Dive masters Benji and Annouch were great in all respects.
Mid week a large group arrive and Glen, the owner, adjusted the dive
scheudle to accomadate all by adding dive times to the schedule not over
crowding the boat. Glen asked for volonters to go out in the inflatable to
help releave the conjestion on the boat. I gladly volontered along with
others and did about four dives with Glen and a Couple form Amstedam and
this just added to the diveing pleasurs we enjoyed that week. 
   The only negative that i can recall was the refusal of customs on St.
Maartens to hand inspect my film, not only would they not hand inspect my
film but ther were extremly rude and callous about it.
  In closing, The trip didn't start out well with the film incident but the
people and the dive operation on statia more than made up for it.
  If you decide to visit Statia you will find Michelle, Glens wife,
extremely pleasant and helpful in arranging your trip.

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