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Golden Rock Dive & Nature Resort

St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean

St. Eustatius
Located 5 miles north-west of St Kitts, St. Eustatius is a little-known island in the Dutch Caribbean. Just 6 miles long, and up to 3 miles wide, this volcanic island is surrounded by a rocky coastline with black sand beaches that are important nesting sites for endangered sea turtles. To the south of the island is the Quill – a dormant volcano at the centre of eight hiking trails in the Quill National Park, including one trail that leads into its forested crater.

From dry arid landscapes to the unique rain forest in the dormant volcano’s crater, nature lovers will be thrilled by the variety of flora and fauna this little island has to offer. It is a haven for rare birds, including the red-billed tropicbird, and habitat to 17 types of orchids.

With a marine park larger than the island itself, St. Eustatius (or Statia, to the 3,500 people who live here) is one of the best diving destinations in the region, with more protected historical sites underwater and on land per square mile than anywhere else in the Caribbean.

Getting there
The easiest way to get to St. Eustatius is via St Kitts. British Airways operate direct flight to St Kitts (with a touchdown in Antigua) twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Upon arrival at the airport, the Golden Rock Resort team will meet you in the arrivals area and from there you it is an 8 minute drive to Port Zante. There, you will be escorted onto their comfortable speed boat with a cold towel and an offer of a cold beverage, such as a rum punch or local beer. Cruise along the coastline of St Kitts enjoying the scenery before crossing the channel to St Eustatius, where the glorious volcano, The Quill, is in full view and offers picture perfect moments. Arriving into St Eustatius their friendly driver will bring you to Golden Rock Resort. The whole journey from St Kitts Airport to Golden Rock Resort will take approximately 1 hour.

Guide price*7nts from £1480 per person.
Includes 7nts accommodation in a double share 1 Bedroom Cottage with breakfast, 5 days of two morning dives, complimentary Nitrox for EAN certified divers, arrival & departure transports, transport to and from dive boat, snacks on board and tax.
Not included: International flights, Marine Park Fees (approx. US $30 per calendar year).

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Quick Guide: Golden Rock Dive & Nature Resort

  • Location: St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean
  • Transfer: 1hr from St Kitts airport
  • No. of rooms: 71. 25 Deluxe Ocean Rooms, 3 Golden Rock Suites, 26 Villa Suites, 11 One Bedroom Cottages, 6 Two Bedroom Cottages
  • House reef: No
  • Meal Plan: B&B, Full Board (Silver Package), All Inclusive (Gold Package)

Golden Rock Dive & Nature Resort

Golden Rock Dive & Nature resort aerial view

Combining luxury, adventure, relaxation and fun, Golden Rock Dive and Nature Resort offers guests an authentic island experience in the Caribbean. Located in St. Eustatius (also referred to as Statia), this beautiful resort sits where the majestic 601m dormant volcano, Quill, meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The 5-star resort has excellent facilities, including a choice of luxurious, contemporary designed rooms, suites and cottages, two pools (one with its own bar), an ocean front gym, two spa treatment rooms, Yoga and Pilates classes, an outdoor playground for children, a range of activities suitable for the whole family, a saltwater lagoon, two restaurants and an on-site dive school.

Golden Rock Dive and Nature Resort is proud to be an eco-conscious and sustainable resort, with a uniquely composed field of 2,240 solar panels powering almost all of the resort’s energy needs, a ‘zero waste of water’ policy, a ‘farm to table’ concept with its own 20,000 ft greenhouse that provides their chefs with fresh, organic ingredients in their daily menus, and 40 acres of radiant gardens. After planting over 130,000 plants, flowers and trees, Golden Rock Dive and Nature Resort has created a colourful, green and luscious environment which attracts and has introduced an array of wildlife.

St. Eustatius is a hidden gem in the Caribbean, and Golden Rock Dive and Nature Resort gives guests the chance to enjoy this stunning part of the world in a thoughtfully designed resort with outstanding facilities and service.

Accommodation

Get some rest
Golden Rock Dive and Nature Resort offers a choice of 25 Deluxe Ocean Rooms, 3 Golden Rock Suites, 26 Villa Suites, 11 One Bedroom Cottages and 6 Two Bedroom Cottages.

All rooms and suites have an uninterrupted view of the pool, gardens or ocean.

All room types have high speed Wi-Fi, air conditioning, smart TV, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, robes and slippers, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, kettle, coffee machine and mini bar in the fridge.

The Deluxe Ocean Rooms face the ocean and feature large balconies, a bathroom with separate shower and bath, plus twin sinks.

The Villa Suites additionally come equipped with kitchenettes and a spacious living room and dining area.

The Golden Rock Suites have a separate bedroom, luxury marble bathroom, a living room and a full kitchen.

The resort’s One Bedroom Cottages and Two Bedroom Cottages have private gardens and all the amenities of the Villa Suites.

Facilities

Enjoy your stay
Guests can enjoy a cuisine featuring the best from the land and sea, with a ‘farm to table’ concept using fresh, organic fruit, vegetables and herbs from the resort’s 20,000 ft greenhouse. Golden Rock Dive and Nature Resort has two restaurants: Breeze, the resort’s main restaurant, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves local produce and global flavours. The restaurant at Bobbie’s Beach Club offers a unique fusion of food from freshly prepared sushi, hand crafted pizzas and an open grill offering local Caribbean dishes.

Breeze is the island’s hotspot for guests and locals alike, with a jaw dropping design inspired by the ocean breeze from the Atlantic Ocean and panoramic views over to St. Barths and the islands beyond. Bobbie’s Beach Club is located at the edge of the resort and is home to the Caribbean’s largest man made, ocean fed, cliff edge lagoon, equivalent to the size of a football field, where an American school bus has been sunk to the bottom of the lagoon at 9m, creating an artificial reef which will be used by Statia Divers (the resort’s in-house valet diving centre). Bobbie’s Beach Club offers panoramic ocean views, a sundeck where the palm trees and bougainvilleas provide shade, an infinity lagoon with hammocks and swings, and exciting beats from the DJ and live music.

Guests can enjoy a range of activities, including classes with the resort’s resident Yoga teacher, nature trails, historical tours, hiking adventures up St. Eustatius’ dormant 601m volcano, and unforgettable guided diving experiences at 36 unspoilt dive sites within the protected marine park, which is bigger than the island itself. In addition, quests can stay active with the resort’s multi-purpose tennis court, ocean front gym, 17 hole mini golf course, and walking routes through the beautiful gardens.

The resort offers excellent facilities for those who would like to relax and unwind. Two beautifully designed swimming pools, the Hummingbird Pool and the Hibiscus Pool, give quests the chance to cool off in the water and lounge on the sunbeds, and two spa rooms offer massage and pampering treatments.

The resort also offers event spaces – Bobbie’s Terrace and the Hibiscus Pool Deck are perfect for weddings and events for up to 200 guests, and the indoor climate controlled cinema, which can hold up to 100 guests, will be opening in 2024.

Getting around the 40 acre resort has also been thoughtfully considered, with the provision of an electric train where guests can hop on and off as they wish.

Diving

Go diving
National Geographic coined the waters as the best diving in the Caribbean. The area offers fantastic, diverse diving, with volcanic lava fingers, nutrient dense coral reefs teeming with life and archaeological diving where the relics of the island’s rich history remain. Statia’s National Marine Park is bigger than the island itself with 36 unspoilt dive sites.

Statia Divers, the resort’s in-house valet diving centre, is run by PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and offers boat dives and snorkelling tours. Divers can enjoy valet guided dives to fit their comfort and experience level, and guests can learn to dive with Statia Divers from PADI Discover Scuba Diving through to PADI Divemaster. Children from 8 years of age can start in a safe environment with the PADI Bubblemaker and PADI Seal Team programmes.

There are around 36 dive sites, ranging from wall dives, wreck dives, archaeological dives, lava flow dives, drift dives and night dives. The dive sites are primarily located on the protected leeward side of the island and are a short, 5-20 minute boat ride from the harbour. The dive sites range from 11m to 31m in depth.

The weather on Statia year round is pleasant – air temperature is typically between 27C-30C and water temperature is typically between 26C-29C.

Divers are treated to an range of underwater species in the protected marine reserve. Four species of sea turtles are regularly spotted both on the surface and underwater. Pods of dolphins and whales traverse through the region, following their migration paths. Enormous Caribbean lobsters and queen conchs abound.  Macro species like lettuce sea slugs, flamingo tongue snails, arrow crabs, Pederson cleaning shrimp, and nudibranch can be spotted by eagle-eye divers. Caribbean reef sharks, black tip reef sharks, and nurse sharks patrol the coral reefs. Stingrays, spotted eagle rays, and the occasional manta ray majestically glide through the water. Solitary fish, schools and shoals of Caribbean fish too numerous to name delight divers at all of the dive sites.

Explore St. Eustatius

Stargazing
Star Gazing in St. Eustatius offers a captivating celestial experience under the serene Caribbean night sky. Participants can observe a dazzling array of stars, planets, and constellations, as the island’s low light pollution enhances visibility. Guided by expert astronomer Jaap Vreeling, it’s an enchanting opportunity to connect with the universe’s wonders in a tranquil, unspoiled setting.
Approx. 2 hours (subject to availability). Price per person dependent on group size.

Hiking the Quill / Boven National Parks
Experience the breath taking beauty of St. Eustatius during a guided hike up the island’s dormant volcano, the Quill, where you can explore unique flora and fauna within the crater, or enjoy panoramic views from the summit. Boven National Park, although only 2 miles away, is very different. Cacti and Acacia bushes cover rocky outcrops and open grassland, and several trails snake through valleys and along ridges bringing you to secluded bays and viewpoints. Starting from 2.5 hours (subject to availability).
Price from USD $25 per person, payment direct to guide on the day. Price includes Nature Tag from STENAPA.

Bee Experience
The “Bee Experience” offers guests an immersive and educational adventure into the world of bees. You will have the opportunity to learn about beekeeping practices, observe hives up close, and gain insights into the essential role of bees in pollination. This hands-on activity, led by Celbees, provides a unique and engaging way to appreciate the vital importance these fascinating insects have within our ecosystem.
Approx. 1.5 hours (subject to availability). Price per person upon request.

Guided Historical Walk
The Historical Walk through St. Eustatius’ capital, Oranjestad, offers a captivating journey through the island’s rich past allowing visitors to explore its historical treasures. This guided tour provides an immersive experience, highlighting key landmarks, buildings, and stories that shape the island’s history. Travelers can discover the unique cultural and architectural heritage of St. Eustatius as they walk through time. It’s a must-do activity for history enthusiasts and those seeking to delve into the island’s fascinating past.
Approx. 3 hours (subject to availability). From USD $15 per person, payment direct to guide on the day.

Sunset Boat Cruise
Take in the changing colours of the Caribbean sky as you watch the sunset on the horizon onboard our sunset cruise. You can also take to the water and snorkel with our underwater friends, turtle watch, have a few drinks and relax in good company.
Approx. 2.5 hours – $500 for up to six guests Supplement – $50 per person thereafter. Subject to availability and conditions.

Day Trips To Other Caribbean Islands
Are you looking to explore other Caribbean islands? You can now easily hop over to Saba, St. Kitts & Nevis or St. Maarten for the day using the local airline or ferry service. Winair flies daily between Statia and St. Maarten, with connecting flights to Saba, St. Barths and St. Kitts. Makana Ferry offer services between all the islands on certain days of the week. Please contact us for details.

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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
Combs
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010
Email: info@greatescapesdiving.com

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