Escape to St Eustatius

Oranjestad, Caribbean Netherlands

Blue Planet Scuba
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Feb 11 - 18, 2023
Group size: 7 - 16
Escape to St Eustatius
Oranjestad, Caribbean Netherlands

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
  • Twitter verified
100 reviews

Feb 11 - 18, 2023
Group size: 7 - 16

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! 


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. 


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
  • 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
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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!

Deposit: $500
Garden View Room, Single occupancy
Sold Out
Deposit: $500
Ocean View Room, Single occupancy
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Deposit: $500


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
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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.


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By Christopher A for Pura Vida in Costa Rica on 30 Nov, 2022
Fantastic!! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip, Christopher. And we can't wait to see you on the next one!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 30 Nov, 2022
Good people, yummy food, delicious drinks and fun activities in the water and above. Ocean temp was a little cooler than expected, but it’s always fun when you can go diving and see abundant schools of fish, nudibranchs and flying devil rays!!! Everyone was super nice and accommodating. Good times all around. I could stay in Costa Rica forever!!!
By Lauren R for Pura Vida in Costa Rica on 29 Nov, 2022
We are thrilled to hear you had a good time on the trip to Costa Rica, Lauren! Thank you so much for the review. We can't wait to see you on the next one!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 29 Nov, 2022
Another awesome trip with Blue Planet Scuba! Can’t wait for the next one. 😀
By Elsbeth M for Pura Vida in Costa Rica on 28 Nov, 2022
Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Elsbeth! And yes, we can't wait to see you on the next one!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 28 Nov, 2022
Another wonderful trip, big thanks to Anthony: great company, nice resorts, lots of variety. Diving in Pacific waters was cool-ish, volcanic, featured multiple octopuses, white tipped sharks, gigantic moray, some nice nudis. Nice beach walks, paddle-boarding. Later great critter watching in riverboat trip,, hanging bridges, waterfalls, tortilla-making class, thermal baths. Jose hit 100%-anteater, sloth, toucans, crocs. Glorious.
By yvonne t for Pura Vida in Costa Rica on 26 Nov, 2022
Thank you, Yvonne! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the trip and got to see so much incredible wildlife, both above and below the surface. We look forward to seeing you on another trip soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Nov, 2022
My first Blue Planet trip, and it was great. Tho i'm only open water cert'd, no problems being a full part of the group. Anthony -- trip leader -- was awesome. He manages the group well and keeps everyone informed thru the trip. Rocket Frog was a good diver operation partner. Got lots of new diving experience. And the hike (a walk in the woods) and waterfall (500 steps down & up, with a swimming hole at the bottom) and tortilla-making (a bit touristy but hands down the best meal of the trip) were a busy but fun day in Arenal. Looking forward to my next Blue Planet trip!
By Timothy F for Pura Vida in Costa Rica on 22 Nov, 2022
We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip, Tim! And we can't wait to see you on the next one! Thank you so much for your feedback.
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