Sint Eustatius

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Sint Eustatius, also known as Statia, is referred to as the “Golden Rock” because of its historical importance as a trading port in the 17th century. This undisturbed island is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation, providing something for everyone. With no mass tourism, the crystal-clear waters are teeming with life. The nature above water is just as beautiful with a dormant volcano and a variety of trails.

This hidden gem in the Caribbean offers a unique travel experience for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination. Visitors can immerse themselves in the island’s rich history by exploring the many historical sites, including the ruins of the old town and the restored Fort Oranje. 

What To Expect

Scuba Diving

With crystal clear waters and a thriving marine ecosystem, divers can explore a variety of sites including shipwrecks, reefs and walls. The island’s marine park offers protection to a range of species including sea turtles, rays and sharks, while colorful coral formations provide a beautiful backdrop for underwater photography. Whether you’re an experienced diver or a beginner, Statia offers a unique and memorable diving experience.

While diving, keep your eyes peeled for small blue beads. These beads are important to Statia’s history and are the only artifacts divers are allowed to take, if found. They may also be found topside, so be on the lookout while exploring the island as well. 

Keep your eyes out for: 

  • Sea turtles
  • Barracuda
  • Seahorses
  • Reef sharks
  • Scorpionfish
  • Lobsters

Recommended Specialty Courses

  • Photo & video
  • Wreck diving
  • Perfect buoyancy
  • Fish identification
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Conservation efforts

STENAPA

Sint Eustatius is a unique island in that the focus is on ecotourism instead of mass tourism. Economic gain may harm ecological gain and ecological gain is valued more in Statia. The Sint Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA) is a non-governmental organization that protects the high biodiversity found both on land and in sea. The organization protects an area twice the size of the island, including three different areas and a botanical garden.

Their mission is to manage, conserve and restore St. Eustatius’ natural resources and educate the community about its values. The vision is that nature is recognized and treasured as an important resource and is taken into account in the sustainable development of St. Eustatius.

Golden Rock Resort

In its commitment to an eco-consciousness lifestyle, Golden Rock Resort makes use of the following sustainable systems: solar panels to completely power the resort, a reverse osmosis machine turning salt water into clean, drinking water with a capacity to store 240,000 liters and a helophyte filter used to clean dirty water through the use of reed and bamboo to be used for irrigation of the property’s plants and grass.

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Statia Divers

With a marine park larger than the island itself, Sint Eustatius is one of the best diving destinations in the world as coined by “National Geographic”. Explore the diverse and majestic underwater world with their very own dive center ‘Statia Divers’ by Golden Rock Resort. 

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Scubaqua Dive Center

If you never heard about this small, undiscovered islandin the Carribean, it’s only because it’s a well-kept secret. The reefs surrounding St. Eustatius are flourishing in a protected marine park. Underwater you will experience what much of the Caribbean must have looked like many years ago. Our mission is to give you the best scuba diving St. Eustatius has to offer, with a personal touch.

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Golden Rock Dive and Nature Resort

Combining luxury, adventure, relaxation and fun, Golden Rock offers an authentic island experience. Sint Eustatius is the hidden gem of the Caribbean. Where the Quill Volcano meets the Atlantic Ocean, sits the Golden Rock Dive & Nature Resort. Choose from the contemporary designed rooms, suites, villas and lodges all completed with high-end finishes and featuring spacious balconies and gardens with colorful views of the gardens, pool and ocean.

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The Old Gin House

Experience the best of St. Eustatius at the Old Gin House, a boutique hotel beautifully positioned oceanfront on picturesque Orange Bay in Lower Town. Lounge oceanfront at the outdoor terrace. Take in the fresh ocean air during sunset, and sip on your favorite cocktail while the team serves up a myriad of casual dining Caribbean entrees.

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Culture

Statia was a hub for international trade in the 17th century, leading to a melting pot of cultures that can still be seen today in the food, music and language. The locals, known as Statians, are friendly and welcoming, and their laid-back lifestyle reflects the island’s relaxed atmosphere. The island focuses on ecotourism and preserving the beautiful nature that can be found above and below the water. Despite being a small island, Statia’s culture is rich and vibrant, making it a fascinating destination to explore.

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Climb the Quill

This dormant volcano has steep slopes, a lush rainforest and a massive crater at the top. This is a challenging hike but well worth the challenge. Bring sturdy shoes and plenty of water! A trip to Statia isn’t complete without this adventure up the volcano and through the rainforest.

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Visit the Miriam C Schmidt Botanical Gardens

On the slopes of the Quill volcano lies the Miriam C Schmidt Botanical Gardens. These gardens are protected by STENAPA and work to conserve, preserve and educate about the biodiversity found on Statia. It provides a haven for the flora and fauna found here and gives visitors the chance to relax and be one with nature.

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Blue Bead Hunting

These unique blue, glass beads were Statia’s currency in the 17th century. According to legend, the beads find you, and if you acquire one, you will return to Statia one day. These blue beads are the only artifact that can be taken with you as a souvenir from the island. Be on the lookout for them above and below the surface.

What prior travelers say

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“If anyone is into diving or thinking about getting into diving, Diventures is the absolute best! They make learning and travel so enjoyable! Can’t wait for my next trip with Diventures!”

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Know Before You Go

Dive Insurance

Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommen purchasing DAN dive insurance.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.

Currency

The currency in Statia is the U.S. dollar and most major credit cards are accepted.

Language

Statians have a love for different cultures and speak several languages, including English, Dutch and Spanish. Dutch is the official language used in government administration and schools. English is spoken everywhere. You can be assured, whatever language you may speak, Statians will find a way to communicate with you!

Water

The water provided by the local water company is produced through three reverse Osmosis Plants. Reverse osmosis is a process that removes foreign contaminants, solid substances, large molecules and minerals from water by using pressure to push it through specialized membranes. The system improves water for drinking, cooking and other important uses.

Electricity

The voltage is 110 A.C. 60 cycles. 220 voltage A.C. will not work without a transformer. Plugs tend to be two flat prongs.

Climate

Generally dry and sunny. Light constant northeast trade winds bring constant cool breezes and sufficient moisture to keep the average daytime temperature down to about 81°F. The average night temperature drops to a comfortable 73°F. Rainfall occurs in showers of medium duration during the months of April, June and September.

Clothing

For the most part, casual summer wear is the rule in Statia. People may wish to take along a hat or headscarf. Casual elegant clothing is advisable for a night out in one of the island’s intimate restaurants.

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