Escape to St Eustatius

      Oranjestad, Caribbean Netherlands

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      Feb 11 - 18, 2023
      Group size: 7 - 12
      Escape to St Eustatius
      Oranjestad, Caribbean Netherlands

      Blue Planet Scuba
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      Feb 11 - 18, 2023
      Group size: 7 - 12

      About this trip

      Join us this winter 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, February 11.  For the return, plan to depart EUX early in the morning on Saturday, February 18 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 $250 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
      • 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)
      • Meals not specified
        There are lots of local restaurants to check out

      Available Packages

      Garden View Room, Double occupancy

      Double occupancy sharing a 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!

      $1,340
      Deposit: $500
      Garden View Room, Single occupancy
      $1,765
      Deposit: $500
      Ocean View Room, Single occupancy
      $2,230
      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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      Reviews

      This review is belated, I know... ...But that only means I took **serious*** consideration into reviewing my experience with Blue Planet DC, and ranking them very highly. Its been almost a year since I was OW Certified with Blue Planet in Cozumel - my training during that trip was thorough enough to provide me with a solid foundation to continue scuba diving afterwards many, many times. The trip itinerary, accommodations, and overall pacing of the scuba lessons were incredibly well organized. The instructors were patient and attentive - at various times I was provided specific one-on-one, actionable feedback regarding things like my trim or my breathing rhythm impacting my buoyancy and what I could do to improve my technique. They made sure we knew our stuff before letting us loose into the ocean, and during our checkout dives they stayed closeby and kept a watchful eye on us, so I felt more at ease and safe. (Even with the drift moving us around!) My main priority for this trip was to learn how to scuba, but that said, there were opportunities at Cozumel to (after the day's lessons are done) be a tourist and explore the area. The resort itself is a very beautiful spot with relaxing, open air dining, lounge, and balcony areas as well as a fantastic view of the ocean horizon. I also really appreciated that lodging AND meals were included in this travel package - it saved me the trouble of having to figure that out on my own, which made a big difference by freeing up more time after each full day of lessons to just relax and chill. I know each trip is always different of course in terms of other group trip attendees you may end up with, so of course this can just be sheer dumb luck, but everyone else on this trip was chill. Even the more seasoned divers who were already certified and doing this for years were friendly and happy to drop useful advice or recount from their personal experiences how it was like them becoming certified the first time. The time I did this it was "drift diving" and of course that scared me a ton. But the PADI material that is mandatory to study goes over what drift diving is. When doing my checkout dive the drift didn't like, wash me away from the group dive route. You'll be under instructor supervision so people are keeping an eye on you, and the drift itself is mild - I didn't have to struggle against the current (if you've ever surfed, you'll see that this isn't at all like a riptide or undertow). If anything, managing your buoyancy will end up your primary concern or worry during the checkout dive. Hope this review helps anyone considering who to go with for getting certified on their first ever scuba trip! I'm very glad I went with Blue Planet.
      By M T for March Certification Weekend in Cozumel on Feb 19, 2024
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      This was my first liveaboard! 🛥️ Anthony was a fantastic trip leader and teacher, as always! The Aquacat crew was fun, the food was delicious and the diving and excursions were great! I would definitely recommend this trip with Blue Planet, especially as a first liveaboard experience! I had a good time learning about sharks, too! 🦈
      By Elsbeth M for Ring in 2024 on a Liveaboard in the Bahamas! on Jan 15, 2024
      Thanks for joining on another amazing trip! Hopefully we will be on another fun trip in sharky waters soon.
      By Anthony White on Jan 17, 2024
      AW
      This was my first trip with Blue Planet and my first liveaboard - both were a great experience! The communication and prep from Blue Planet was excellent (pre-trip meeting was really helpful, paperwork was clear and organized). My husband and I are new divers and Anthony (trip lead from Blue Planet) was an invaluable resource - we learned a lot during the dives and felt safe with him looking out for us. The liveaboard itself was amazing. The bed was comfortable, the food was amazing, the staff were wonderful. This was one of the best trips of my life - it's going to be hard to top with the bar now set so high!
      By Rachel L for Ring in 2024 on a Liveaboard in the Bahamas! on Jan 08, 2024
      Thank you so much, Rachel! I am glad you and Ben had such a good time on the trip. You were both great divers, and I can't wait to see you on more of our trips. I look forward to diving with you some more!
      By Anthony White on Jan 13, 2024
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      JR
      Had a great time diving, wonderful people and nice accommodations; hotel was super convenient to dive boats.
      By Jennifer R for December Certification Weekend in Cozumel on Dec 11, 2023
      Thank you so much, Jennifer! We’re so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the dive experience with Blue Planet in Cozumel. We look forward to you joining with us on a future trip!
      By Blue Planet Scuba on Dec 12, 2023
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      GL
      Great experience, our instructors from blue planet were accommodating and flexible with what we needed. They balanced safety and fun, as well as a hectic schedule that allowed us to get certified in just three days in the water. The weather was perfect (not that thats under our control) which lent itself to good swimming conditions. wonderful trip overall!
      By Gloria L for December Certification Weekend in Cozumel on Dec 08, 2023
      Thanks, Gloria! It’s been fantastic working with you to become a PADI certified Open Water Diver….and congratulations again!! We can’t wait to see you in the water again for another dive adventure with us!
      By Blue Planet Scuba on Dec 12, 2023
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