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Dive Review of Scubaqua/Old Gin House in
St. Eustatius

Scubaqua/Old Gin House: "Pristine diving, old Carribean setting.", Apr, 2017,

by David Ross, QC, CA ( 1 report with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9553 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Rest of Caribbean. Red Sea (N and S). Phillipines.Bali. Great Barrier Reef.Various nasty Quebec quarries.
Closest Airport Getting There Via St Maarten.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depths were approx 100-120feet. No wandering off . Advise DM at 1500 and 500 psi. First to 500 escorted up by a DM - others are NOT forced to terminate! (Hurray!). Use your head. Marine park, so hands off the shells / artifacts / etc. You find a blue bead, you keep it.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Dedicated photo table - basic but serviceable Dedicated photo dunk tank (on boat and at dive shop). Took my rig back to the hotel (about 33 feet away) ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments The good: Diving like it used to be: small island, no mass marketing, pristine coral, massive sponges, Inteesting history (was once the largest port in the Caribbean- still litttered with ballast stones, anchors, artifacts (Please leave in place!). Underwater topo courtesy of local volcano which has left long lava extrusions criss-crossing the area, making for extensive overhang habit ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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