St Eustatius (Statia)
St Eustatius is approximately 178 miles southeast of Puerto Rico and 36 miles south of St. Maarten. It is situated directly between Saba and St. Kitts only 6 miles to the south. Here's the map.
Diving in St. Eustatius is diverse and offers wall, wreck, pinnacles, dropoffs, deep dives and shallow dives.
To help preserve Statia's pristine marine life, the St. Eustatius Marine Park was established in 1998.
The seas around St Eustatius are considered among the most pristine in the world, mainly due to the minimal diving pressure. To accommodate scuba divers, the Marine Park offers 30 buoyed dive sites for boats up to 50 feet and three designated for boats up to 100 feet.
The highlight is to dive with the flying gurnards. Statia has several dive areas where divers can see one or up to a dozen of these spectacular fishes. They are considered uncommon throughout the Caribbean, however they can be seen everyday in Statia's waters.
The real treasure is the abundant marinelife found on the reef system teeming with cleaning stations, octopus, eels, Squirrelfish and a large school of French Grunts, Black-bar Soldierfish, turtles, Sting Rays, Barracuda and Goatfish.
The Blue Bead Hole - if you haven't heard about blue beads this is something special in Statia. The beads were made in Europe out of blue glass and were used to reward slaves in the 17th century. Beads are the only artefacts visitors are allowed to keep and in a certain area of the harbour divers have found quite a few of them. This site is mostly a sandy bottom with occasional stones. Blue beads or not, you will enjoy some different marine creatures than you would normally see on the reef, such as the Peacock Flounder or the amazing Flying Gurnard.
Every diver who dives in the Marine Park has to purchase a dive tag for the upkeep and maintenance of the park facilities. Year passes are sold for US$15 and single dive passes are sold for US$3.
|Language:||English widely spoken|
|Currency:||Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)|
|Time:||GMT - 4|
|Natural hazards:||Hurricanes (July to October)|
|Diving season:||12 months|
|Water temperature:||Jan to March - 26C/78F|
|June to October – 28C/82F|