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

Golden Rock Divers/Old Gin House, Jul, 2002,

by Tom & Lita Schaffer, CA, USA . Report 21.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Fiji, Bahamas, Bonaire, Utila, Cozumel, California
Baja
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limit of 135 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments A shady spot on the boat was provided for cameras and a rinse tank provided on shore. Since
boat trips were typically 15 - 20 minutes the lack of a tank on board was not a problem.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Golden Rock Divers operation was excellent. Very accomodating on where we wanted to dive and at what times.
The group set the dive times and dive location. We all decided on a 9:00 morning dive and a 2:00 afternoon dive.
The operators, Glenn and Michelle, were very friendly and knowledgeable. The Dive Masters, Benji and Annouke,
were extremely capable and very good with the new divers in the group. All were very knowledgeable of the area
and could usually take you to a site where you could find whatever critter you were might be looking for.
They did not hurry through the dive and were very patient for the photographers. The dive boat was large enough
to accommodate the usual 6 divers without feeling crowded.
The dive operation owners and staff even went out with the group for dinner and drinks several nights.
Great operation to deal with and would recommend them highly.
There was plenty for my non-diving wife to do on the island and she did not get bored while I was diving.

The Old Gin House was newly renovated and comfortable. Rooms were clean and maid service available daily.
The pool, although small, was a welcome dip between dives.
The restaurant on premisis is very good and has a 4 star chef. Be warned that the prices are not in
Guilders but US Dollars. Dinner was about $40 each not 45 Guilders (1 Guilder = $1.80 US)!
There were several good places to eat on the island and one place in particulay, Smoke Alley, made GREAT
desserts.
It should be noted that the eating establishments on the island run on "Island Time" so be patient.
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