St. Eustatius adventures by Air, Sea, and Car!

Trip Start Feb 14, 2010
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Trip End Feb 21, 2010


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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Today was our second day of diving, but first we had to fly to St. Eustatius (Statia). It was a quick 15 minute flight on a small 19 passenger plane. Statia is a small island with about 3000 people known for its history and diving.  St. Eustatius has a tiny two room terminal at airport. Rudy the owner of the dive shop picked us up and drove us to the dive shop to prep us for our dive. We met up with two other divers from Holland and a local guy. The first dive was to the "Charlie Brown" a sunken barge on it's side in about 106 feet of water. We saw lots of fish, baracuda, and coral. The visibility was unbelievable (about 150 feet!) and was fun watching all the fish play. 

After finishing that dive it was back to the shop for a break and another tank. We decided to dive Nitrox the second dive -- they had two tanks available for us to use. The second dive was to Hangover Reef. It was a great place to see fish and coral. We actually saw a shark here and another "huge" baracuda that the men tried to direct toward Bonnie. The visibility here was also great and allowed us to get some good pictures. 

After returning to the dive shop it was time to rinse the gear and change for some lunch and island touring. Rinda from the dive shop connected us with "Chocolate" a local taxi driver to take us on a tour after lunch. We had a nice lunch at a local restaraunt and was able to enjoy another meal outside. In addition to having Chocolate tour us around the island he had another passenger with him. An attractive younger women who didn't speak english. Toward the end of the tour he dropped her off at a very nice house...when Bob asked if that was her house he told us "no it is a brothel and she lives/works there." Guess prostitution is legal on many of the islands.... :) After completing the tour it was back to the airport for our quick flight back to St. Maarten. Another successful day of touring and diving.

For those interested in history, here are some quick facts about Statia:

Thirty Statian blue beads were used by the Dutch to purchase New York's Manhattan Island.
Statia was the first place to recognize US independance.
Sold gunpowder and arms to the thirteen colonies during the American Revolution.
Had the busiest trading port in the Carribean until the British destroyed the waterfront in retaliation for helping the US.
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Connie Page on

Great underwater pictures! Wow!!

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