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You may be surprised to find Saba's sister island St. Eustatius or more commonly called "Statia" to be quite a different island experience.  Statia is only 18 miles from Saba and can be easily reached with an 8-minute direct Winair flight each day.  Like Saba, Statia has not been exploited by cruise ships or timeshare properties.  Actually, we think of Statia as Saba was 15 years ago with its tourism product still being refined. 

Why Statia?      Different Diving       A New Wreck       Dive Operators

Although diving tourism has been on Statia since the 80's, The Statia Marine Park was not officially established until 1997.  Moorings are in place at the 38 official dive sites of the park.  The considerable leeward side of Statia affords easy access to dive sites.  Like Saba, any diving around Statia must be done through a local dive operator.  Three professional dive shops can be found just south of Statia's harbor where the remains of ballast stone warehouses are part of the lovely scenery along Statia's boardwalk.  From the boardwalk, trek up the Slave Path to Fort Oranjstaad.  The now panoramic view once served as the strategic positioning for threatening forces arriving by sea. 

Statia was the first nation to recognize the U.S. flag once they declared their independence from England.  This came at a price with the British soon destroying the many warehouses along the seawall below Fort Oranjstaad.  In addition to Statia's healthy reefs and abundant fish life, interesting finds are common in the sandy, shallow areas closer to Statia's shoreline.  Look for a pipefish or blue-throated pike blenny as you scour the sand for blue beads.  Blue beads can be bought at gift shops but finding one while diving is considered true treasure.  The blue glass beads were made in Holland but sent to the Dutch West Indies and where they were used to value slaves in the 1800's.  Like wrecks?  Statia has a few to please--read about the latest wreck from our "Latest News" page in August 2003...
 

Nearby Statia is Wrecked!
The Sinking of M/V Charlie Brown

Excuse to visit Saba #33:  The nearby island of Statia (St. Eustatius) has long been planning the sinking of M/V Charles L. Brown, more commonly referred to on Satia as The Charlie Brown. The 300' (100m) cable ship acquired for purposes of an artificial wreck has now met its final resting spot.  On its own, the ship sunk a day ahead of press time but to the delight of locals, exactly as hoped:  the forward section in approximately 45' (15m) and the stern in approximately 105' (32m).  Charlie Brown is the second artificial reef created on Statia.  The first was the STENAPA project, now known as "Wreck City".  "Double Wreck" and "Triple Wreck" are dive sites with multiple natural shipwrecks.  Additionally, there's inaccessible wreckage that is located outside the park's limits in heavily trafficked shipping lanes.  Divers looking for authentic treasure can experience the thrill of finding real treasure.  Original "blue beads", glass beads used in slave trading in earlier centuries, are still abundant.  The beads are found on shallow shore dives--but, if you can't find one and can't live without one, a few are for sale on the island.  Contact Beth of Dive Saba - Statia Travel to plan a combination trip.  Statia is only an 8-minute direct Winair flight from Saba! 

Golden Rock Dive Center www.goldenrock.com grdc@goldenrock.net
599-318-2967
Dive Statia www.divestatia.com 599-318-****
Scubaqua www.scubaqua.com 599-318-****

Map of Statia and its dive sites--coming soon...

 



This page last updated on 09/22/2006 from our Windwardside office.

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