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

Golden Rock Dive Center/Old Gin House, Nov, 2004,

by Joe Puglia, Fl, USA . Report 1445.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Thailand, Solomons, Palau, Red Sea, Saba, Bahamas]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Must be guided in marine park
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Bucket supplied if requested.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Variety of diving was very good; nice wrecks, walls, heads and lava flows. Golden Rock did a nice job, were very helpful and let us dive our profile. Lisa (Dive Master) was terrific. There were lots of tropicals and a good variety of macro stuff. There was no real big stuff but the diving was easy and enjoyable. Flying Gurnards were interesting plus there were spotted drums, jack knifes and variety of eels. At Aquarium we came across a Spotted Snake Eel - fantastic!

The boats were comfortable. That was especially true for the new catamaran they are running. There was plenty of room and never more than six divers on the boat. Nitrox was avaiable and can help out with bottom time as they let you dive your tank.

The Old Gin House was comfortable. We stayed in one of the ocean front rooms which was quite nice with a large bathroom and balcony overlooking the bay. Chef Marc had just started the day before we arrived but he did a very nice job. We also ate at the Blue Bead down the street a little way. The daily homemade pastries there were great!

Statia is as good as any where I've been in the Caribbean for relaxed enjoyable diving. Michelle and Glenn do anything to make your stay enjoyable. The island is very laid back. Great place if you just want to relax and dive.
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