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St. Eustatius

 
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Golden Rock Dive Center

PO Box 61
Lowertown
St Eustatius, NA
Tel. 011-599-318-2964
Fax. 011-599-318-2771
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
grdivers@gmail.com
http://www.goldenrockdive.com
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

One 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

Getting There

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.

Entry requirements
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 accepted.

Citizens of most countries in the world do not need a visa for their entry to St. Eustatius. However visitors from the these countries are required to have a visa for stays of up to 3 months (90 days) in the Netherlands Antilles

Traveler Tips

Language
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 English.

Driving
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.

Electricity
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.

Time zone
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
Shopping is not the reason people visit Statia: The pickings are pretty slim. Nevertheless, you can find handcrafted island souvenirs, postcards and tropical beachwear.

Dining
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 aren't required.

 

 
 

 


 










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