Scuba Center Eagan
1571 Century Point
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
Scuba Center Minneapolis
5015 Penn Ave South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419
St. Eustatius: Mar.
moment you arrive in St. Eustatius, locally known as ‘Statia,’ you
immediately get that typically Statia feeling. There are no big crowds
at the airport. Actually you don’t find big crowds anywhere on Statia.
Statia was once part of the Dutch Antilles but is recently together with
Bonaire and Saba, a special municipality of the Netherlands. This tiny
island is blessed with a generally pleasant dry and sunny climate. Light
northeast trade winds bring the island a constant cool breeze. St.
Eustatius is untouched by the big development companies. You don’t find
casinos, shopping malls or world wide fast food restaurants. What you do
find is a safe and friendly island where time stood still.
luxury, adventure, relaxation and fun, Golden Rock Dive & Nature Resort
offers an authentic island experience. The Golden Rock dream is to be the
most colourful, green and luscious resort in the Caribbean. After planting
over 100,000 plants, flowers and trees they have created an eco-system
attracting colourful species of birds, including the graceful hummingbird
and butterflies that now have become welcomed guests.
The majestic dormant
volcano called the Quill decorates the resorts backdrop, illuminating with
vibrancy and shades of green makes this location so special, among St
Eustatius Hotels. Enjoy walking around the resorts 40 acres of radiant
gardens featuring marble paths and sweeping ocean views feeling the island
breeze. The contemporary designed rooms are all completed with high end
finishes and featuring spacious balconies and gardens with colourful views
of the gardens, pool and ocean.
A highlight for islanders alike, Breeze is the destination's premier
restaurant and overlooks the hotel's 700m (2300 ft) of unobstructed
oceanfront views. Featuring exquisite dishes with fresh local ingredients
and global flavors, Breeze is the go-to spot for any meal. An array of
exciting cocktails are always available to accompany that Caribbean
postcard-perfect sunset. Bobbie's Beach Club is located at the foot of the
cliff where the Quill Volcano meets the Atlantic Ocean. The most colourful
place on the island and the entire Caribbean. A panoramic view of the ocean
awaits here, with the neighbouring islands St. Barths and St. Kitts
Dive Center is probably one of the most unique dive centers in the
Caribbean. Half of their shop is housed in a beautiful historical building
once occupied by the Dutch West India Trading Company. They took over the
Dive Statia property in order to welcome you to a larger dive center
offering more space and comfort. Before the moved to this beautiful
beachside setting, they completed a total renovation to meet the modern
divers' needs without detracting from the historic appeal or 17th century
charm of this landmark building.
As a dive shop “by divers, for
divers”. Scubaqua Dive Center understands that you’re on holiday and will do
everything they can to make it an unforgettable experience. They dive in
small groups and before every dive their staff gives you a detailed briefing
about the dive site and plan. All the dives are guided dives (marine park
rule), but we try not to restrict your feeling of freedom. Custom diving
Scubaqua style means giving the experienced diver the dives they want but
also give the novice diver any extra attention they may require.
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. Within the park
are two reserves, one in which strictly no fishing and anchoring is allowed.
The marine park is managed by the non-profit organization Stenapa (St.
Eustatius National Parks Foundation) which was set up by Statians who wanted
to protect and preserve the flora and fauna of the island for future
In addition to this Marine park the government of Statia signed the Yarari
marine mammal and shark sanctuary. The populations of sharks worldwide are
in sharp decline and therefore need extra protection against illegal fishing
and bycatch in regulated fisheries. With this eleventh shark sanctuary in
the world the Statia will actively protect sharks in the Caribbean Sea
including but not limited to the marine park. The name of the Sanctuary
Yarari is an Taíno Indian word, meaning ‘a fine place’.
Sanctuary, which encompasses all the waters around the island including the
Exclusive Economic Zone or EEZ, will not only protect sharks, but will also
provide a haven—a ‘fine place’— for marine mammal, whales and dolphins.
Humpback whales spend the winter months in the warm Caribbean waters where
they calve and suckle the baby whales during their first few months until
they are strong enough to begin the trek to their feeding grounds in the
cold Northern Atlantic waters.
7 nights accommodation at Golden Rock resort
10 boat dives (add-on: Night dive $79, Day dive $59)
Tanks and weights
Free Nitrox if certified
Roundtrip airport transfers
Shuttle transport to and from Scubaqua Dive Center
Group Welcome Pre-dinner house drinks
Not included in the package:
Round trip air from Minneapolis
$30 Marine Park fee to be paid in cash on site
Diving equipment, Nitrox, dive courses
Incidental charges: Individual group members will be responsible for
their own charges including but not limited to beverages and bar bill,
telephone, internet usage, sightseeing, equipment rental of any sort,
gratuities and any other items of a personal nature.
Please note the following:
Scuba certification card required for each
We recommend all divers purchase DAN
A passport is required for travel.
Dates: Mar 16-23, 2024
Trip Cost: (double
Deluxe First Floor
Deluxe Ground Floor
Non Diver: $2200*
Non Diver: $2030*
*All rates quoted by Scuba Center include
a 2% discount for cash/check payments.
An application for this
trip must be completed by each traveler at the time of registration. You may
pick up a trip application at either store or print out our
Scuba Center Trip Application. Complete the application and fax, mail or drop off in
person with a $500 non-refundable deposit per person.
For more information, contact our
Membership & Diving Insurance
Sample packing checklist