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Scubaqua Dive Center

St. Eustatius, 
Dutch Caribbean
http://www.scubaqua.com


Fine diving in the Caribbean hidden secret

If you never heard about this small, undiscovered island in the Caribbean, it's only because it's a well-kept secret. The reefs surrounding St. Eustatius are flourishing in a protected marine park. Combine these reefs with numerous of historical dive sites, muck dives and more recent sunk wrecks and you got yourself a divers paradise!  

Our mission is to give you the best diving St. Eustatius has to offer with care for your personal safety and the environment. We offer low guest-to-guide ratios and nitrox for free, just the way we want to dive ourselves during our holidays. St. Eustatius offers dives for all levels and no matter which level of diving you have, we always listen to your personal needs and do everything to give you an unforgettable experience. Our team is highly trained but even more important, we are passionate about diving and our oceans. 

Our dive center is housed in a beautiful 17th century landmark building, once occupied by the Dutch West India Trading Company. So please kick back after diving and soak up the Caribbean atmosphere with a cold drink on our terrace and enjoy the best view St. Eustatius has to offer.

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 Show Specials

  • (Oct 18, 2020)

    Starting at $899,- pp
    book before 31-12-2020 and receive:
    7 nights Old Gin House
    breakfast included
    welcome cocktail
    5 days of 2-tank boat dives
    airport transfer
    nitrox for free


    This special is only valid for new confirmed bookings ( $100 pp non-refundable) travel date until December 2022. comp 7 +1


 Press Releases

  • (Oct 23, 2020)
    If you never heard about this small, undiscovered island in the Caribbean, it's only because it's a well-kept secret. The reefs surrounding St. Eustatius are flourishing in a protected marine park. Combine these reefs with numerous of historical dive sites, muck dives and more recent sunk wrecks and you got yourself a divers paradise!

 Products

  • Night Dive
    We think we have the best night diving in the Caribbean and those who experience a night dive with us all agree....

  • The allready beautiful wreck during the day: the Chien Tong transforms at night in orange fireworks as the cup coral polyps open to feed. Even more impressive are the vast numbers of enormous turtles who use the wreck as a hotel to sleep at night. Sometimes you have to pinch yourselve to believe what you see.

  • Blue Bead Dive
    The only place in the world where you can find 300 years old blue beads underwater!...

  • The origin of blue beads dates back to the 17th century. The Dutch West India Company used these beads (made in Amsterdam) to pay the slaves on Statia their ‘wages’. After emancipation, legends say the freed slaves gathered on the cliffs and threw their beads into the sea to celebrate their freedom. Blue Bead Hole is a dive site just between the old harbor and the colorful reefs on the Southern corner of the island. Here you’ll find a mix of coral heads, sand patches, and sea grass. And if you are lucky, a blue bead or two. Actually, according the legend, the beads find you not the other way around. Even without being found there is a good chance you will encounter quite a few amazing critters here. Pike and Sailfin Blennies, Scorpionfish, and Mantis Shrimp are all waiting to be found. The most sought after fish are the ‘Guardians of the Blue Beads’, Flying Gurnards. It’s no coincidence that the blue of the ‘Guardians’ fins perfectly matches the color of the beads!

  • Historical Dive
    Ever dived in a real underwater museum? This dive site in front of our dive center is the real deal!...

  • Coral and sponges disguise the hidden ballast stones underneath. The amount and collection of artifacts here is out of this world; barrel hoops, wine bottles (often occupied by sail fin blennies), pottery, anchors and a cannon form the museums main collection.

     

    Our favorite has to be the grappling hook we found though. A grappling hook is a device with multiple hooks (flukes), attached to a rope. Grappling hooks were used in naval warfare to catch ship rigging so that it could be boarded. What’s even more fascinating is that one of its flukes holds a human pelvic bone. Blackbeard himself maybe? Anne Bonny? The debate continues. Hundreds of yellow bricks are scattered over the ocean floor here as well, the same bricks made in Holland used to construct our historic building.

     

    It is not just the history that makes this dive site unique. The marine life here is in a league of it’s own. Fingerprint cyphoma, octopus, squid, scorpion fish, seahorses and frogfish are all regulars at this underwater museum.

  • Après-Dive
    Please kick back after diving and soak up the Caribbean atmosphere with a cold drink on our terrace and enjoy the best view St. Eustatius has to offer....

  • Scubaqua Dive Center is probably one of the most unique dive centers in the Caribbean. Half of our shop is housed in a beautiful historical building once occupied by the Dutch West India Trading Company. We completed a total renovation to meet the modern divers' needs without detracting from the historic appeal or 17th century charm of this landmark building. A full selection of retail merchandise and souvenirs along with dive and snorkel gear is available for purchase in our shop as well. A wide assortment of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is also available. So please feel free to kick back and soak up the Caribbean atmosphere with a cold drink on our terrace and enjoy the best view Statia has to offer. 

  • Wreck Dive
    Exploring the many different ecosystems of St. Eustatius is diving in constant changing environments. Did we mention we got some great wreck diving as well?...

  • The view when you approach the 327 foot long Charles Brown wreck is spectacular. The huge wreck makes a killer dive on itself but when you add crystal clear water, hundreds of Horse Eye Jacks, Turtles, Sharks and a huge resident Barracuda - named Charlie - you understand why every diver visiting Sint Eustatius wants to dive here. The wreck stretches from 100 till 60 feet deep and is therefore suitable for less experienced divers as well - if you dare to look Charlie in his eyes that is!


    Less famous but certainly not less spectacular is Charlie’s “little brother” the 170 feet long Chien Tong. Standing straight up in 70 feet of water in the protected Oranjestad bay this wreck is a magnet for juvenile turtles. Don’t miss the night dive on this wreck when the turtles mom’s and dad’s join in for a good night rest.

  • Reef Dive
    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. St. Eustatius National Marine Park was established in 1996. It encompasses the entire coastline of St. Eustatius from the high water mark to the 30 meter depth contour, covering an area of 25,500 hectares
  • Deep Dive
    In the southernmost part of the island the ocean floor drops down almost vertically. In fact, it might be more accurate to say that the volcano is twice as tall as it looks and that the underwater half has a drop that is almost vertical....

  • Although we think our volcano ‘The Quill’ is beautiful and impressive above the ocean, its real hidden treasure awaits under the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. In the Southwest of the island, at the submerged slopes of the volcano, the ancient lava flows plunge into the dark deep waters. Steep walls and canyons form otherworldly seascapes. Pelagic fish are frequently observed in the deep blue and the landscape is nothing short of phenomenal.

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