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Sint Eustatius October 10-17, 2020

   
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If you never heard about this small, undiscovered island in the Caribbean, it's only because it's a well-kept secret. Unaffected by mass tourism is not your average Caribbean island, imagine the Caribbean about 25 or 30 years ago and you get close.

The reefs surrounding Sint Eustatius are flourishing in a protected marine park. Underwater you will experience what much of the Caribbean must have looked like many years ago. The eye-catching volcano “the Quill” dominates the island with its impressive crater and is responsible for the huge amount of lava flows and blocks under the surface. These old labyrinths of lava are now fully overgrown with coral and sponges.

Combine these reefs with numerous historical dive sites and more recent sunk wrecks and you got yourself a divers paradise!

 

Sint Eustatius, or "Statia” to the locals, is a tiny haven in the Caribbean for divers. Immediately off the shore of the island are 7 distinct ecosystems, with walls, patch reefs, old shipwrecks, macro dive sites, boulder slides, rock outcroppings, and lava flows. With only a handful of tourists visiting each year and truly impressive conservation efforts, this island remains a pristine paradise for those who make the journey. 

This dive destination is unlike in any other, as the island is home to only about 4,000 residents. Because large-scale tourism has not yet arrived in Statia, it's rare to encounter other divers on the same site and the reefs tend to be in great condition. Healthy reefs and abundant fish life await surveyors, who will love Scubaqua's safety-oriented approach to diving. Free nitrox is included in this package for those who are certified.

Trip Details

Pricing: 
- $ 1,495 per diver based on double occupancy in a garden view room
- $ 1,795 per diver for single occupancy in a garden view room

- Ask for a non-diver rate 
- Earn your Marine Ecology Certification, along with working with REEF Education and surveying regional fish and marine life.(add. cost/diver)

Accommodations: 
Scubaqua and The Old Gin House is located within a few steps of the dive shop. The package accommodation is a garden view room, with either 1 king or 2 double beds, which are able to be combined into 1 bed by request. All garden view rooms include mahogany beds, colonial-style furniture, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and cable TV. The hotel also has several oceanfront rooms and suites. Room upgrades are subject to an additional fee and are dependent on availability. For more information about rooms, please visit the Old Gin House webpage. Please inquire with Outer Reef Scuba if you wish to upgrade to a different room type.

Diving: 
The trip package includes 7 nights, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, 1-afternoon dive during the week, beginning on Saturday, October 10th and ending on Saturday, October 17th, 2020. Nitrox is included for certified divers - please be prepared to present your Nitrox certification card. The average water temperature in St. Eustatius during the time of the trip is approximately 80 degrees F. Most dive sites are within a 5-20 minute boat ride from the dock.

Price Includes: 
The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, 1-afternoon dive during the week, Nitrox, daily breakfast, meal plan (4-lunches, 4-3 course dinners) round-trip airport transfers, welcome cocktail, and use of kayaks.  

Additional Fees: 
The following costs are not included. All flights and associated travel to and from St. Eustatius, meals and drinks outside of the meal plan, additional dives outside of the package inclusions, optional rental gear.  Gratuities are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion. 

Travel Insurance: 
Travel insurance is not included. Outer Reef Scuba strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. Outer Reef partners with DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers.

About Your Trip Leader: 
Instructors and shop owners, Ryan and Elizabeth are marine life enthusiasts.  With over 25 years of combined diving experience, they are no strangers to diving the tropical waters of the Caribbean.  If this will be the first time you visit the virtually untouched marine park of Sint Eustatius, we will be excited to share this experience with you.   

How to Sign Up: 
To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at beth@orscuba.com, or call us at 317-296-4004. A $ 500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policy Page for more information on deposit and payment schedules. 


Payment terms:
- $ 500 Deposit secures a spot on the trip
- 50% of Total Trip Price Due May10th 2020
- Full Trip Payment Due July 7th 2020
 
How to Get There:
 Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare.  Please discuss airfare options with Elizabeth or Ryan to ensure you will arrive on time with the group.   After booking travel, you will be asked to provide your flight details so that ground transfers can be arranged.

Passports, Documentation, and Visas: 
U.S. citizens need a current passport that has at least 1 blank page and is valid for the duration of your stay. Citizens of most countries will not require a visa for stays less than 180 days. Please consult the appropriate embassy for further information.

Transfers: 
Transfers are included in the trip package. Guests will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the Old Gin House.

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