Walking on Sint Eustasius:
immerse yourself in natural beauty and tranquility
Walking around Sint Eustatius is an unforgettable experience. Choose from more than a dozen hiking trails winding around jagged coasts and bays, traversing lush, verdant hills or ascending the heavenward peak of the Quill, the dormant volcano on the island. Here you can fully bask in untouched nature, mesmerizing tranquility, and spectacular views of the ocean.
A visit to Statia is not complete until you have hiked the many trails of the island. The range of vegetation is immense: cacti and shrubs dominate the lower parts, but the higher you go, the greener and more colorful the plants and flowers become. You can even wander around in a “secret” tropical rainforest, but wherever you find yourself, your eye will always be irresistibly drawn to the azure blue water of the ocean and ponder on what lies in its depths – after all, Statia is known for its underwater beauty. Diversity above and beneath.
Walking on St Eustatius: the Quill
The absolute highlight of your experience on St Eustatius is the Quill, a 2,000-meter-high dormant volcano. The volcano dates from a later period than many other volcanoes, making it very recognizable, but erosion has had little effect on it. You can make it to the top in about an hour, and it goes without saying that from there you will be rewarded with unforgettable views of the ocean and neighboring islands.
Pocket-sized tropical rainforest
Reaching the peak of the Quill is certainly not the end of your volcano-climbing adventure: a surprise awaits you in the heart of the crater! There you will find a pocket-sized tropical rainforest abundant in giant cotton and fruit trees, lianas, orchids and sweet-smelling bromeliads that fight for a ray of sunlight all year round. The bottom is softly carpeted with ferns and tree trunks are draped in silky moss.
Hiking trails on Sint Eustasius
Various hiking routes have been mapped out on and around the Quill, the island’s dormant volcano, with different levels of difficulty available. You also have the option of a more leisurely walk through Boven National Park. It is always advisable to wear sturdy walking shoes and bring plenty of drinking water.