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

Scubaqua/Old Gin House: "A gem in the Caribbean", May, 2019,

by Peter Pinkerton, NY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10944 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Scubaqua-Hubby and I have travelled the world, diving in some very unique places. This gem of an island and gem of a dive shop is among the very best. From the moment we arrived, staff made it a point to introduce themselves and call us by name. They picked us up at the airport, retrieved our gear from the hotel room and then handled it for us the entire time we were there-getting it to the boat, setting it up, changing over the tanks, and washing it after we were finished.

When we arrived they had a very large group from a dive shop using the big boat and a few sets of partners on the smaller boat. Somehow they managed to get everyone where they needed to be in an organized fashion. I never saw any staff member lose his/her cool even under some very trying circumstances. After the big group left they reorganized and led us through an easy transition to the big boat. One thing I really liked was the rope system the ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Scubaqua   Old Gin House

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Carribbean, Maldives, Australia, Truk Lagoon, Costa Rica, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Philippines...and lots of other places!
Closest Airport Getting There We flew Delta to St Maarten and then island hopped on Win Air. Win Air's weight restrictions are a pain for scuba divers who also carry underwater camera set ups. We paid extra for the weight and had no issues with it arriving with us. We also chose NOT to fly on a weekend so there were no other divers.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 70-72°F / 21-22°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limited by Nitrox
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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The big boat was able to accomodate cameras. The little boat did not. No camera table at the dive shop. They did have a dedicated rinse ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Nancy Boore in MD, US at Jun 17, 2019 21:15 EST  
I've been thinking about doing a trip to Statia and diving with Scubaqua, great report, thanks for the detailed info!
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