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

Scubaqua Dive Center/Old Gin House: "A great dive shop in Statia", May, 2016,

by Paul Fitzpatrick, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 8927 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Statia is different from most of the Caribbean in that there is no wall, just a gentle slope away from the island. Much of the coral has grown up on lava flows. The dives are not multi-level as a result; you stay at 60 feet or so for an entire dive before heading up. Nitrox is critical, but Scubaqua Dive Center provides it free as a result. The coral is in very good shape for the Caribbean, and we did not see a lion fish on most dives. The highlight is the abundance of juveniles and small things and the variety of fish. We saw lots of turtles, both green and hawksbill and some very large angels. There are several good wrecks for diving on.
Scubaqua Dive Center is an outstanding operation, taking very good care of divers, and finding the hard-to-find critters and fish. We dove in groups of 3-6 per divemaster, and could stay down as long as the air held out and our computers allowed. There is no shorediving. The dive center does 2 morning dives and one afternoon dive. Many divers do one morning and one afternoon dive, so the interval between the 2nd morning dive and the afternoon dive is short. The night dive on The Chien Tong wreck (known as turtle hotel) is well worth doing. The shop is very popular with Europeans; we were the only Americans there.
The Old Gin House is the most convenient place to stay. It is okay and certainly better than many places that cater only to divers.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving throughout Caribbean, Galapagos, Hawaii
Closest Airport Statia Getting There Fly from St Martin

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 81-°F / 27-°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divers had to start for the surface at 750 psi or at no deco limits.
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 N/A
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
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