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Dive Review of Dive Statia/Gin House in
St. Eustatius

Dive Statia/Gin House, Jun, 2003,

by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, USA . Report 517.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Please cancel my previous report, since I left out relevant information
Ed Leibowitz

ST Eustatius had nice diving sites. Unfortunately when I was there, algae were blooming which sufficiently cut down visibility to 25-75 feet. On some of the dives(very few) there were strong currents. Rudy and Rinda Hees, operators of Dive Statia, along with Caroline and Nick were very accommodating and run an excellent diving operarion. They permitted me to dive in the morning and afternoon. Other diving resorts where I've been offer a two dive package in the morning and charge you for an extra dive for the afternoon dive, even if you only do two dives per day. In one case, I got caught in a strong surface current and could not swim back to the boat after surfacing from a dive. Nick kept his eye on me and pulled me in with a rope. They all bent over backwards to provide assistance to the scuba diver. I particularly enjoyed diving the wrecks on ST-NE-PA. I dove it during the day but it would be an excellent night dive. Saw some big fish, neat coral formations and a lot of small critters. The night dive was exceptionally good. I dove Nitrox and the cost per tank was $8 extra which I consider reasonable.

I enjoyed eating at Sonny's Chinese restaurant within walking distance of the Gin House. The food was exceptionally good and I highly recommend it. It is best to make lodging reservations through Dive Statia as they obtain lodging discounts for divers. I saved $45 per night at the Gin House through Dive Statia. Regular rate for my room was $125. Dive Statia rate was $80. Room at the Gin House was spacious with excellent Cable TV. I felt that the Gin House breakfast, included in room rate could have been better.I would definitely consider returning to St Eustatius , diving with Dive Statia and staying at the Gin House.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Palau, Yap, Tortola, Cayman, Tobago, Bonaire, Red Sea, Roatan, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 73-77°F / 23-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 25-50 Ft/ 8-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [None]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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