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

Golden Rock Dive Center/Old Gin House, Feb, 2010,

by Lynn M. Thorne, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5404.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Keep within sight of divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I cannot say enough positive things about St Eustatius or Statia Island; however, I will give it a try:
The Island: Think of what you want on a dive vacation and Statia has a piece of all of it. This island is not used to tourists with virtually no commercialism or gimmicky trappings of so many vacation destinations. The Statian people are friendly and courteous but not artificially so. No one is coming up to you to sell something, but they will give directions or advice if asked. The island is also almost completely crime free, so exploring anywhere feels safe. The temperature is a very comfortable 82 degrees with a perfect gentle breeze keeping things just right to be outside. The small village located about 150 vertical feet above our hotel and dive operation has an endless amount of beautiful tropical vistas looking down on a blue Caribbean Sea. Hint: Visit the numerous mom & pop bakeriesYumm.
The Accommodations: Our group of 14 Gypsy Divers from Raleigh, NC stayed at The Old Gin House Hotel/Restaurant/Bar. A pleasant young couple who run the place, (we called them Walt and Dominique), work very hard and make every effort to keep everyone happy. The rooms were clean, roomy, with large showers and enough hot water to meet our needs. The grounds are tropical with an old world charm. Breakfast served to order was consistently enjoyable.
The Diving: Most of our group including myself has been to many dive operations from all over the Caribbean and we all felt the dive operation called Golden Rock Dive Center ranks very high with their attention to customer service, safety, flexibility, and professionalism. The owners Glen and Michelle could not have been more attentive to our group. The experienced divemasters Matt and Stephen both exhibit the perfect balance of pointing out interesting items underwater without being overbearing. A new staff member Browny always greeted us with a smile and a helping hand. They have two boats, we used their large pontoon boat called EZ Goin which was an apt name. This boat had about 6 exits for a easy giant stride into the calm blue waters. I was very impressed of how well the divemaster handled our large group. We were split into 2 groups and staggered our entry by 5 minutes. This way if felt we were only diving with 6 or 7 other divers. Their other boat is a more traditional dive boat which looks to be about 30 feet long.
The underwater dive sites varied with many cool wrecks to beautiful coral encrusted old lava formations. The diving is relaxing with an easy slow pace. Underwater life is abundant with all the usual Caribbean beauties including curious turtles, rays, and huge aggressive lobsters everywhere. During our visit, the underwater visibility topped 80 feet all week and is often even better.
Summary: Statia is a dive destination worth visiting. I am definitely planning a return trip.
To see my vacation video of Statia go to the following URLs:
Part 1 www.vimeo.com/10167831
Part 2 www.vimeo.com/10161258
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