Rock Dive Center
PO Box 61
St Eustatius, NA
Number of Dive Boats: 2
Maximum Number of Divers: 30
Number of Tanks per Day: 4
Gear Provided: Yes
Rental Gear Available: Mask, Snorkel, Fins, BCD, Regulator,
weights, wetsuits, computer
Type of Diving: Walls, Reefs, Coral encrusted Lava Flows,
Old wrecks, New wrecks
Nitrox Available: Yes
Total Dive Sites: 30+
Minimum time to divesites/mins: 5
Maximum time to dive site/mins: 20
Training Agency: PADI
Courses Offered: Discover, Open Water, Advanced, Rescue,
EFR, Dive Master, Nitrox
Since 1994 our focus is on customer service and satisfaction.
Diversity is what makes us "famous", along
with flexible dive schedules. We specialize in guided
dives for the most discerning dive travelers who know
what they are looking for. New divers will find helpful
and knowledgeable staff and diving that will be the
benchmark for all future experiences.
About St. Eustatius
of St. Eustatius' (locally known as Statia) assets
is the variety of diving. There are deep sites and shallow
areas. There are ancient unrecognizable wrecks, as well
as modern wrecks that have been down just a matter of
months. Though Statia does not have a fringing reef
system, some of the coral that has grown on the rocks
has now become coral reef.
Statia's waters unlock the treasures of intriguing marine
life, ballast stones, anchors, canons, warehouses, pottery
shards, clay pipes, bottles and remains of old trading
ships, natural and coral reefs. Snorkeling and diving
Statia will take you over the remains of 17th and 18th
century life on Statia.
Few divers have discovered the wonders of Statia and
the dive sites remain pristine and untouched.
Water Temp 78 -82 Visibility 80 - 120 ft
To get to Statia you first have to go to St. Maarten
and take a small inter-island flight by WinAir. There
are also many connections to other islands in the Caribbean.
Especially Curacao and St. Maarten can serve you as
a base for island hopping.
Airlines include: American Airlines, Continental, KLM
Royal Dutch Airlines, ALM Antillian Airlines, Air France,
LIAT, Martinair, USAirways, Air Aruba, Avianca, Surinam
Airways (SLM), and many others.
A valid passport is the entry requirement for visitors
to St. Eustatius including USA and Canadian citizens.
Birth Certificates and drivers licenses are no longer
of most countries in the world do not need a visa for
their entry to St. Eustatius. However visitors from
countries are required to have a visa for stays
of up to 3 months (90 days) in the Netherlands Antilles
While Dutch is the official language of the islands,
the people from the ABC-islands also have their own
language: Papiamentu. This is a creole language based
upon Spanish and Portuguese, with Dutch, English, and
African influences. But everybody speeks English on
these islands, as well as Spanish. Everybody is taught
these languages in school and Arubans and Antillians
have a good sense for languages.
On the windward islands the local language spoken is
Any U.S. or international license is acceptable. Just
like the U.S. and Europe, cars are driven on the right-hand
side of the road. The speed limit is 40 km per hour
in build up areas and 60 in the country. On Saba these
limits are lower, but you cannot drive faster anyway.
110-130 volts a.c. 50 cycles. Many U.S. appliances that
operate on 60 cycles will work fine, except items like
hair dryers, irons and some battery charging equipment,
which may overheat if used for an extended period of
time. European appliances that run on 220 volt cannot
be used, unless you have adapters.
The islands follow the Atlantic Standard Time, which
is 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and equals
Eastern Daylight Time. There is no daylight saving time
on the islands. The difference with Central European
Time is 5 hours during the winter and 6 when daylight
saving time is in effect in the summer.
Shopping is not the reason people visit Statia: The
pickings are pretty slim. Nevertheless, you can find
handcrafted island souvenirs, postcards and tropical
The local cuisine is delightfully spicy, making use
of typical West Indian seasoning. Check your menu for
barbecued chicken or ribs, stuffed land crab and goat
stew. Seafood is prevalent in the restaurants, including
red snapper, grouper, shrimp and Caribbean lobster.
Tropical fruits and vegetables are also common: christophene,
green banana, breadfruit, papaya and mangoes. Expect
comfortable, unpretentious restaurants where reservations