St Eustatius Yacht Charter – See “The Golden Rock”
Three hundred years ago, every Buccaneer, Admiral, Sea-swab and Pirate knew of the “Golden Rock”…
During the latter part of the 17th century and throughout the 18th century, St. Eustatius was a major trading center with some 20,000 inhabitants and thousands of ships calling to her shores. No longer caught in those turbulent times, and far less crowded, visitors will find a very unique place with only echoes of her former past.
Unaffected by regional tourism trends and fads, St Eustatius is not your average Caribbean island, so just close your eyes and imagine the Caribbean about 25 or 30 years ago. Clean, unhurried and unspoiled. Pristine living, practically no crime, reefs teeming with fish. Gentle trade winds. People as warm and genuinely friendly as ever. Now open your eyes and discover the beautiful little island of St. Eustatius, affectionately known as “Statia”.
St Eustatius Yacht Charter
Location & Geography
St Eustatius is part of the Netherlands, located in the Leeward Islands near St. Martin/Maarten, Saba, and St. Barths. It is a small island located in Eustatia Sound off the far northeastern coast of Virgin Gorda. This 30 acre privately owned volcanic island is nestled behind a breathtaking reef. Eustatia Island has been listed as one of the 20 most beautiful islands in the world by Islands Magazine. At the North-end of the island lies a series of hills, remnants of 5 extinct volcanoes; and at the south-end a much younger, perfectly formed volcano can be found – “The Quill”.
Eustatia Island has 3 pristine white beaches where you’ll find seashells, conch shells, sea glass, and coral. The main beach is on the south, a smaller beach is on the north side, and another beach is on the southwest side of the island near the capital town of Oranjestad.
Statia has diving life like no other destination in the Caribbean within a marine park protected for 15 years. The warm water and the underwater volcanic fissures and canyons have given this area a diversified diving experience. One can dive coral and sponge covered walls and pinnacles with dramatic backdrops of visual delights. These walls a frequented by black grey reef sharks, eagle rays, hawksbill turtles, green turtles and larger fish varieties such as nurse sharks. The shallower reefs of 40 – 75 ft have been carved from volcanic fingers that are covered with a variety of soft and hard corals. Barrel sponges and pillar coral seem to be the norm for the visual backdrops.
The fish life is abundant with a few rarer species like the flying gurnards, high hats, spotted drum fish, jack-knife fish and huge lobsters making daily showings. Hundreds of critters make their home in numerous cracks and ledges. This is truly a photographer’s delight.
One of the many dive sites in Statia consists of tangled shipwrecks located in 60 – 70 feet of water, such as Charles Brown, one of the longest wrecks in the Caribbean. Many of these wrecks are surrounded by hundreds of schooling snappers, horse-eye jackfish, and turtles. Large barracudas guard the upper waters while spotted morays and southern stingrays patrol below.
Whether you are a beginner at diving or if you’re an old salt and want to dive walls, pinnacles, reefs or an old archaeological shipwreck site, Statia has them all. The abundance of fish, coral, and color makes this truly a divers dream come true. And bring a camera!
Give your sea-legs a break and take to hiking and sightseeing in Quill National Park. The Quill volcano soars dramatically to a height of 2000 ft.
The Crater contains semi-tropical rainforest; an intriguing hiking expedition that attracts hundreds of visitors each year. After you have made the ascent to the crater rim, catch your breath and relax at the lookout, Explore the verdant lush tropical rainforest, nestled within its enormous crater. Inside the crater you can enjoy gazing up at the gigantic silk cotton and fruit trees that tower the canopy. Woody lianas hang down from above, while various types of fungi spring from the ground. Peek under a rock and you might find a frog, spider or other fascinating creatures. This is a place to come and enjoy, take photos and relax before making the ascent back to the rim
Walking the Quill with or without a tour guide is something that has to be experienced. Hiking the Quill is possible every day of the week and the best time to hike is in the early morning.
Carnival is typically the last week of July. Nightly festivities include lots of food, drink, music, pageantry and calypso contests. For almost half a century it has been part of the Statian culture. It’s a great time for locals and visitors alike to kick back relax and have a whole lot of fun.
Golden Rock Regatta in Mid-November is an event that continues to grow in popularity. It includes a week full of sailing competitions, which take place from island to island in the Caribbean, including St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and St. Barths.
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