Diving in the Caribbean? You won't see this anywhere else!
You can enjoy diving while on a vacation on any Caribbean island, but if you want to experience the thrill of amazing dives and seeing something special every time, Sint Eustatius is the perfect place for you. Navigate beautiful coral reefs and historic shipwrecks to encounter hundreds of fish species, sea turtles, and other intriguing marine life. Dives are amazing, beautiful and awe-inspiring!
Diving in the Caribbean? Think of Statia!
Sint Eustatius offer divers an underwater utopia which wraps an impressive 27 km around its coast. This protected marine reserve harbors the rare biodiversity of eight different ecosystems that remain completely intact. Strict environmental rules allow access to only 36 of the richly diverse dive sites to ensure protection of its inhabitants. Wallow in the depths of the quiet, scenic surroundings on your dive and see things you’ve only dreamt of. Statia is one of the best diving destinations in the Caribbean!
Hundreds of fish species
Dive into a rainbow of hundreds of fish species and marine life. Stumble on a large concentration of turtles or nurse sharks drifting past. How about swimming among gray reef sharks or watching sensational eagle rays looking for a resting place? Or floating curiously among barracudas, moray eels, stingrays, sea horses and huge lobsters, all totally unimpressed by the presence of divers? Even more sensational: catch a rare glimpse of a flying gurnard!
Pristine coral reefs
Indulge and allow yourself to be overwhelmed by this beautiful underwater paradise of fan corals gently swaying to the rhythm of the current. The seabed beneath, carpeted with a dazzling color palette of volcanic rock covered by various types of soft and hard corals, sponges and plants is a sight to behold.
The pristine coral reefs are impressive, but there are other marvelous things on which you can indulge your senses. More than a dozen eighteenth-century shipwrecks at 12 to 40 meters below sea level are waiting to be explored! Even at this depth, visibility is around 25 to 30 meters, so you have every opportunity to explore a rich and exciting history at the bottom of the sea. Uncover treasures of antique glass, porcelain and other relics from the time when the island was an important trading center; you might even be lucky enough to find a historic blue glass bead, the currency in use at the time.
An oasis in the desert
Statia is a real treasure. Biodiversity has been severely damaged almost everywhere in the world by overfishing and pollution, but Statia shows that there is another way to co-exist with nature. Sint Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA) monitors endangered animal and plant species and protects vulnerable ecological zones above and below water.
The rules for divers are clear: anchoring is prohibited and a maximum of one boat is allowed per dive site. The result? A rare abundance and diversity of plant and animal species that you will enjoy to the fullest!
Are you taking a dive?
Do you want to unravel the mystery of Sint Eustatius’ underwater world? Then contact one of our certified diving centers.