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

Golden Rock Dive Center/Old Gin House: "Diving the way you want it", Nov, 2014,

by Allan Baldwin, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 7902 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments If you are looking for good, laid back diving, this is a great place. The reefs are healthy, the boat rides are mostly short (10-15 minutes), the staff is accommodating, the island is very beautiful, the people are friendly and it's safe(no crime). If you are not diving however, there is not too much here. There is a volcano to climb and an old fort to explore but no beaches to speak of, not much shopping, limited places to eat. For me the diving is the reason to be here and after several trips, I continue to find it very enjoyable. The coral is healthy, the fish abundant with a good variety, there are wrecks, both modern and hundreds of years old, and the staff wants to make things work. There are lobster, eels, rays, turtles on most every dive with an occasional shark (nurse and reef). The "signature" fish is the Flying Gurnard which I see on just about every trip. I stay at the Old Gin House which is close to the diving and the best hotel on the island. The rooms are clean and air conditioned but most are basic with a washroom, bed, TV, and a cabinet for gear and clothes. There are a few waterfront rooms with a view of the ocean.
If you would rather see name's like Frankie's or Cool Corner instead of McDonald's or Starbucks, this might be the place for you.
Websites Golden Rock Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Saba, St Martin, St Lucia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Mexico, Cocos
Closest Airport EUX Getting There Short flight from St Martin

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Other than safety stop and common sense, they try to accommodate divers.
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 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There is lots of small stuff (blennies, arrow crabs, shrimp, etc) that make good subjects. A macro lens and light help for many subjects.
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