Scuba & snorkelling in St. Eustatius

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  • David C
    New Bern, NC10 contributions
    Just finishing another incredible week of diving on Statia. I've been traveling to this beautiful island for 10 years, and each time, had the pleasure of diving with Scubaqua. Simply put, I've found no better island, no better dive shop and no friendlier staff anywhere in the Caribbean. These folks run a first class dive operation. The staff is attentive, friendly, professional and a lot of fun. Getting to Statia continues to be a challenge, but that's part of what keeps it special. Big shout out to all the great people at Scubaquq! Keep up the great work, and I'll see you again soon.!
    Written 16 November 2022
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  • Vausha
    Glenwood Springs, CO23 contributions
    Now that Sint Maarten has finally lifted restrictions, travel to Sint Eustatius is much easier. We went on a long delayed eight day dive trip to Golden Rock Dive Center and were blown away by the operation.

    Gary and Ciara (say Keera) were our dive hosts for the week. We had four divers, plus a local or two who might join us for the first dive of the day; they really did live up to their ‘small group’ style. Their boat was excellent for diving, with a level floor, plenty of seating on the hatch cover to get suited up, easy backroll entry off both sides, and a good ladder with posts on the swim platform to grab as you stepped up. They got divers in and out of the water quickly and efficiently. No nonsense about being back on the boat in 45 minutes either … if you could make your air last 75 minutes, you were welcome to stay down. We dove Nitrox; it fit our dive profiles and was reasonably priced. After the first dive of the week, they handled the equipment, and you should let them; they’re faster and it’s easier. They were careful with the gear and treated it like it was their own. Dive sites weren’t far, our dive intervals were on land at the shop; they were never rushed. Ciara was kind enough to get special snacks for my diet restrictions. Dive briefings were very good, thorough, and safety focused. The BCD and reg I rented were in perfect condition. The dive shop is right at the dock, just a short walk from our hotel. You can leave your gear and wetsuit at the shop each day. As he should, Gary kept a close eye on us until he was confident in everyone’s comfort and ability. Bottom line, they run a happy boat.

    We saw a number of sharks and eagle rays, not too many, but a lot of sand rays and turtles, lobsters, crabs, nudis, the usual reef fish, and some eels and squid. Gary found an octopus for us, which is always exciting. Three of our fifteen dives had moderate current. Visibility was generally good. If you like wrecks, they’ve got a few big ones and a few very old ones. We did one night dive, at a wreck with some very large turtles. We dove the same wreck earlier that day, for orientation; a very good idea.

    I would especially recommend Golden Rock if you want to get family members started diving, or any advanced certifications. I’m sure their calm and careful approach, and their skill and extreme competence would be an ideal learning situation.

    A few other kindnesses … they set up all airport transfers and had the taxi take us directly to the hotel restaurant so we could have dinner while they were still open. We were jet-lagged, so they started an hour late the first day. They picked up and returned everyone’s dive gear to the hotel. Ciara gave restaurant suggestions, and arranged an island tour for us.

    Sarah and Dave own the shop; let Sarah arrange your hotel, she’s great. Dave captains the boat; his calm and easy-going personality sets the tone for the day.

    FYI … Statia is a very small island, friendly and laid-back, no security worries. Dutch is official, English is widely spoken, and they use the US dollar. Cash is easier than credit cards. Being Dutch, things work … you can drink the water, for instance.
    Written 30 November 2022
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  • Jamie L
    1 contribution
    I joined this field school with an intention to gain practical experience in the field of Maritime Archaeology. Shipwreck Survey did an amazing job in introducing students to all the required skill sets for such discipline. We were engaged in active research, practiced photogrammetry, and had the opportunity to present our work to the general public! Everything was extremely well organized and I highly recommend this experience for anyone who is interested in learning about our world’s maritime cultural heritage!
    Written 31 July 2022
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