Escape to St Eustatius

Oranjestad, Caribbean Netherlands

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Jul 17 - 24, 2021
Group size: 7 - 16
Escape to St Eustatius
Oranjestad, Caribbean Netherlands

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
  • Twitter verified
85 reviews

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Jul 17 - 24, 2021
Group size: 7 - 16

About this trip

Join us this summer in one of the Caribbean’s best keep secrets! Statia is the perfect escape for divers and non-divers alike. Explore beautiful underwater sites sculpted by the island’s volcanic history, teeming with marine life. Discover the country's unique past (shipwrecks, anyone?) and hike up the island's volcano. Relax and fall into the rhythm of island life. The charm of this idyllic island and its friendly people will make this one trip you won’t forget! 

Statia

Discover this secret gem of the Dutch West Indies. Tucked away between St Martin and St Kitts lies the tiny island of St. Eustatias, fondly known as “Statia” for short. Fantastic diving on pristine reefs awaits! With little exposure to humans in comparison to many other islands in the Caribbean, animal encounters are special and underwater photographers are often almost “posed for” it seems! An abundance of varied dive sites await you including soft corals, lava fingers, wreck diving, shark dives and more as well as a sting ray cleaning station, not to mention home of the infamous blue bead dive. 


Topside offers a quiet, unhurried way of life teeming with history and welcoming residents. Active travelers will enjoy a morning hike to the Quill – Holland’s second highest mountain! If you are looking for a different dive vacation to a destination that gets away from it all but delivers some of the Caribbean’s best diving, make Statia next on your dive bucket list!


The Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience:  Advanced Open Water Diver (can be completed on trip) and Enriched Air/Nitrox. 


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. The eye-catching volcano “the Quill” dominates the island with its impressive crater and is responsible for the huge amount of lava flows and blocks under the surface. These old labyrinths of lava are now fully overgrown with coral and sponges. Combine these reefs with numerous of historical dive sites and more recent sunk wrecks and you got yourself a diver's paradise!

Other Activities

There’s plenty to keep you occupied top side as well.: snorkeling on local reefs, hiking the Quill Volcano and enjoying panoramic views of the entire island, touring the historic old fort or just relaxing by the pool.

Old Gin House

We'll be staying at the Old Gin House, a quaint historical waterfront hotel just steps away from the dive shop.  The hotel has a beautiful restored historical bar, ocean-side restaurant and terrace, plus a pool with towel service in the garden. 

Travel

You should plan to fly into St Eustarius (EUX) via Sint Maarten (SXM) on Saturday, July 17.  For the return, plan to depart EUX early in the morning on Saturday, July 24 to ensure your bags make it to SXM before your flight home. (The flights on WinAir are tiny and your bags may or may not get on your flight. However there are many flights throughout the day so they should make it on the next one.)


You may find it easier to book your flight to Sint Maarten separately from your flight to St Eustatius (on Winair). It may also be easier to fly to Sint Maarten on Friday and stay overnight so you can get on an earlier flight to EUX. Please email or call the shop before booking your flights! 

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $200 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation
    Double or single occupancy
  • 10 boat dives
    5 days of 2-tank boat dives
  • Enriched Air/Nitrox
    for Nitrox-certified divers
  • Full breakfast daily
    At Old Gin House
  • Lunch & Dinner daily
    At local restaurants as part of the Dine Around program
  • Taxes, etc.
    Room taxes and service charges
  • Airport transfers
    Roundtrip transfers to the EUX airport
  • Flights
    international flights to St Eustatius
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the dive shop's excellent crew
  • Marine Park Fees
    $30 per person (cash)
  • Airport Departure Tax
    $15 per person (cash)

Available Packages

Garden View Room, Double occupancy
Sold Out

Double occupancy in Garden Room.  All garden view rooms are connected to a balcony, offering spectacular views of the tropical lush garden and pool area. Rooms feature a king or twin colonial bed, air conditioning, 40-inch flat screen TV, mini-fridge, complimentary Wi-Fi and recently renovated bathroom. 


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$1,800
Deposit: $500
Garden View Room, Single occupancy
Sold Out
$2,330
Deposit: $500
Ocean View Room, Single occupancy
Sold Out
$2,850
Deposit: $500
Ocean View Suite, Double occupancy
Sold Out
$2,330
Deposit: $500
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Itinerary

Saturday
Arrival in St Eustatius

Arrive at the EUX airport and transfer to Old Gin House. Check in at the resort and dive shop. We'll have dinner at the hotel that evening.

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Blue Planet Scuba
85 reviews
Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

LR
Another amazing adventure with Blue Planet! Wonderful people, great diving and good food! Loved adding Bali on as a pre-trip!
By Lauren R for Explore Komodo from the All Star Aurora on 02 Aug, 2022
Thank you so much, Lauren! It was fantastic to dive with you again and explore Bali and Komodo together. Looking forward to the next adventure with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 02 Aug, 2022
BP
Fantastic trip, amazing diving at a lovely resort with experienced dive masters and crew, attentive staff and great food. Jonas and Heather provided excellent support. I did 34 dives, including five night dives and two trips to Apo Island. Saw astonishing critters, including blue ring octopus, wonderpus, minuscule frog fish, sea turtles, nudibranchs of every color, a large pufferfish trapped inside an anemone, mating mandarin fish, so much.
By yvonne t for Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise on 18 Jun, 2022
Thanks so much, Yvonne! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip. It truly is critter paradise, isn't it?!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 21 Jun, 2022
BP
Another amazing trip with Blue Planet! Heather & Jonas were great at coordinating pre-travel logistics. Atlantis Resort was amazing and the staff were accommodating to all of our needs. This was my first time muck diving and our dive master Junar help us spot all of the tiny sea critters. I was amazed at the diversity of coral and sea life both in Dumaguete and on our Apo Island day trips. Looking forward to my next Blue Planet adventure!
By Meryl G for Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise on 16 Jun, 2022
Yay! We're so glad you enjoyed the trip, Meryl! It's such a unique destination. It was a pleasure diving with you as always. Can't wait until the next trip!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 16 Jun, 2022
BP
The trip to Atlantis Dive Resort in the Philippines with Blue Planet was outstanding thanks to Heather, Jonas and the wonderful folks at Atlantis. It's a lovely place. Great diving, critters, food and fellow travelers. Travel and trip details were managed seamlessly taking the stress out of travel in challenging times. No small feat. Thanks!
By Kristy K for Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise on 09 Jun, 2022
Thank you so much, Kristy! We're so glad you enjoyed Atlantis as much as we do, We're looking forward to our next trip with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 09 Jun, 2022
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JW
The trip was amazing! Heather and Jonas outdid theirselves as usual.
By Joe W for Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise on 09 Jun, 2022
Thanks, Joe! We're so glad you could join us for such an epic trip. Can't wait for the next adventure with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 09 Jun, 2022
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