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

Scubaqua/The Old Gin House: "Fantastic Dive Staff", May, 2023,

by JDK, NV, US ( 1 report). Report 12641.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 2 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 Getting there was a nightmare. On American, it took four flights and two days to get there from PDX. It was supposed to be PDX-LAX-MIA-STX-EUX. I had purposefully scheduled an 18-hour layover to get a hotel in Miami then catch the 10:30 a.m. flight from MIA-STX-EUX. Two of the four flights were cancelled, so it was a logistical disaster.

Winair is the only airline that flies to Statia. This cockamamie airline is run like a circus show. Round trip from SXM to EUX was about $250, which included one 50-pound bag each way, for a 20-minute flight, but the whole ordeal from checking in at the airport to getting to baggage claim took about 3 hours. They have a “schedule,” but nothing is on time, and there’s no one around to ask questions. It’s a cramped 16-seater Twin Otter plane and very hot. If you have a personal item larger than a small backpack, you will be charged. They visually inspect your carry-on and personal item and have a scale to weigh your items at the gate if they think it's overweight. On the return flight, thankfully I had 5 hours of layover in SXM, because the flight was delayed over an hour. There’s no airport monitors, no gate agents, no Winair app, and the FlightAware app was not accurately updating. The only way to know the plane was coming was to look out to the horizon out of the lobby window.

I debated using the Makena ferry from St. Maarten to Statia, but their schedule is so unreliable so as to cancel service at the last minute. They’ve also raised their prices post-COVID to almost the cost of the flight--$100 each way. I also talked with some European divers who were on holiday in St. Maarten and came by the ferry and they regretted it. The seas were very rough for the entire crossing of two hours.

I stayed at the Old Gin House, which is an older property and needs some updating. The ou ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Mexico, St. Kitts, Barbados, Turkey, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Florida, Grenada, St.Lucia, Belize, Honduras
Closest Airport St. Eustatius Getting There Anywhere USA to Miami to St. Maarten to St. Eustatius. Took 2 days from the West Coast, USA.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No gloves. No taking of the wreck artifacts. Licensed guide only, no independent diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments This is not a camera-friendly dive boat. There's no camera bucket on the boat, and there's not enough room for a camera. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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