Escape to St Eustatius

      Oranjestad, Caribbean Netherlands

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

      Blue Planet Scuba
      • Email address verified
      151 reviews

      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

      What’s not included

      • 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

      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
      $2,330
      Deposit: $500
      Ocean View Room, Single occupancy
      $2,850
      Deposit: $500
      Ocean View Suite, Double occupancy
      $2,330
      Deposit: $500


      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
      151 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

      MT
      This trip was nothing but amazing! From the dive sites, the crew, and the fellow travel mates. Everything was well executed and such a seamless process. Definitely looking forward to my next trip with Blue Planet.
      By Marie T for Maldives Liveaboard Adventure! on Jun 05, 2024
      Another great dive adventure with Blue Planet! Looking forward to the next!
      By Meryl G for Maldives Liveaboard Adventure! on Jun 04, 2024
      Jen and Ryan were so welcoming and awesome! I had a great time on the trip and hope to visit again. They were very conscientious of dietary restrictions and able to adjust plans on the fly if needed. The Blue Planet Team was great as always. Definitely looking forward to more trips.
      By Christine A for Sirens & Sunsets in St Maarten on May 14, 2024
      We had a great time! The accommodations at Simpson Bay Resort were excellent, as was the food, and the location. Ryan and Jen did an amazing job planning everything, excellent dives and group dinners! They are very professional, knowledgeable and fun. The night dive was really cool! We had a great group of divers and most went on that dive and all on the six day-time dives to various locations. Lots of aquatic life (e.g., turtles, rays, lobster, shrimp, all kinds of fish), a decent amount of coral, and a few wrecks to swim around and look into. There was abundant aquatic life around the wrecks. The only bad thing is it ended too quickly. I would go again and most likely extend my stay by a few days on one end or the other.
      By Stephen M for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on May 05, 2024
      Easy. Easy in the best possible way. That's the word that most comes to mind in reviewing my few days in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. I was looking for a quick and easy getaway to get back in the water after a longer than desired pause in diving -- and that's exactly what I got. As always, it takes a lot of hard and excellent work to make something easy, and the Blue Planet crew certainly put in that work. The arrangements were all superb, from being met at the airport to our final meal together. Jen, Ryan and the entire crew couldn't have been kinder or more professional. They all made the trip a complete pleasure -- both underwater and on land. They were an absolute delight and I would recommend Blue Planet trips unreservedly. Thank you for a wonderful re-entry into the underwater world!
      By David B for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on May 04, 2024
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