Golden Rock Dive Center
Golden Rock Dive Center
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Owner operated since 1994 Golden Rock Divers has a small dive shop feel with all the amenities you would expect from a world class dive destination without all the frills. Flexibility is our motto and adjusting to our customers needs and desires is how we can best ensure their satisfaction. Your safety and enjoyment are at the core of our operation and helping our guests to experience all Statia has to offer is our goal!
St. Eustatius, Caribbean
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Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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(19 reviews)

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ElineF33
Haarlem, The Netherlands7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Super professional friendly staff with a lot of knowledge about the environment, fish, coral etc. Gary really guided us into the underwater world of Statia, while emphasising respect for the nature reserve.
Our wishes were asked and the dives were completely tailor made. Gary spent time and attention on safety procedures which made us feel nice and safe. The dive sites were explained in advance and what things we could find underwater. The email contact beforehand with the dive shop was fast and went very smoothly, clear what was possible and the corresponding prices were.
We really enjoyed the 6 dives we made together and would love to come back some day. We would definitely recommend anyone to dive with Golden Rock on Statia!
Written December 8, 2022
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Thank you for the detailed review! We are so pleased you were able to come diving on Statia with us. Many happy bubbles Your Statia Family Sarah, David Gary, and Ciara
Written December 19, 2022
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GRZ
Chicago, IL11,017 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We were told to stop here for the locally made souvenirs... and it didn't disappoint :) some small items (they have also of course t shirts, gear etc. you can buy) but considering we aren't divers and came here strictly for souvenirs I am very happy we visited their shop!

The "big" whale was $15, turtles $5 each - great price for a recycled materials put back to life - lovely stuff, hand made! They have also some jewelry made out of the Lion Fish!
Written February 5, 2023
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Thank you for the review. Happy you found something to take home from our little shop Safe travels!
Written February 5, 2023
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Bettina
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Having seen a beautiful video on Youtube, I hàd to go and discover this underwater paradise, and I can only recommend the Golden Rock Dive center !
Charming and professional dive guides Ciara and Gary, they identified all these amazing creatures .. And a special thanks to Sarah and David, who were so nice and helpful (esp. in tracing my lost luggage) they have an excellent knowledge about unforgettable dive spots !
Bettina
Written January 16, 2020
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Thank you for the review, Bettina! And for traveling ALL THE WAY to our little island to dive with us. Was an absolute pleasure diving with you. Hope to host you back on Statia someday again! Cheers Sarah, David Ciara, and Gary
Written January 19, 2020
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Joost K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The two of us enjoyed 11 dives with Golden Rock Dive Center. It is a small, friendly dive shop with staff that obviously knows what they are doing. We are ‘spoiled’ divers and have been diving around the world, but the crew showed us marine live we didn’t see before and knew background details of the animals, wrecks and archeological artifacts we saw during the dives. Also, they let us do our thing, allowed us to maximize dive time (up to 70 minutes) but were strict on safety. We brought our own dive gear (DIN) from home and they took excellent care of our stuff (and us ;-) ) before and after the dives. We had great fun and a relaxing vacation on Statia! Thank you Sarah, David, Gary and Ciara.
Written June 6, 2022
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Oh thank you for all of the detail, Joost! It was our pleasure dicing with you both and hope to see you again in the future. Regards Your Statia Family!
Written June 6, 2022
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jchurins2015
Hyde Park, NY23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
If I could, I'd give more than five stars! Had the best experience possible. The dives were excellent, and the entire team went above and beyond to assist two intermediate divers who were new to Statia. They have a well-organized, flexible program that is centered on safety. From pelagic fish to extensive cleaning stations, the reef is teeming with life. Some dives included a mind-blowing diversity of fish, shrimp and critters that it was challenging at times to keep up with and observe everything. We are incredibly grateful for the chance to dive and spend time with diving pros like Ciara, Gary, Vitoria, Sarah, and Dave. We will most sure dive with Golden Rock once more when we come back.

A Quick Critter List:
A parade of turtles during the day and sleepy turtles at night
So many lobsters on every dive (need more butter)
At least six eagle ray drivebys
Four or five shark flybys
Barracuda and stingrays
Pipefish (ask Gary)
Blue seas lugs
Flamingo tongues
Arrow crabs, and so many different kinds of cleaner shrimp
Octopus during the day and night
Blennies (ask Sarah)
Jawfish (ask Vitoria)
Coral is in good shape
Lionfish are hard to find which is epic
Written January 1, 2023
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Yay! Thank you for your awesome detailed review Jonathan. We had such an enjoyable week with you both. Happy bubbles!
Written January 6, 2023
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acarlisle1
Falmouth, Antigua6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Really enjoyed our time on Statia diving with Golden Rock Dive Center. What a great dive shop! David, Sarah, Gary, and Ciara are a great team - fun, helpful, friendly, and professional. Also, shoutout to Gadget, who was a great boat captain on several days we went diving. They went above and beyond to make our experience a fantastic one. We have our own gear and they washed, stored, and set up our gear each day, which was a luxury (as we live on a sailboat!). We had a couple of gear failures, which they kindly and quickly sorted out for us. We also really appreciated the small dive groups; there was never more than 5 guests on the dive. It gave a really personal touch. The dive sites themselves are wonderful - great viz, lots of marine life and plenty of variety in site types. What more could you want?!
Written May 15, 2022
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Thank you for your time to review! So glad you enjoyed your diving with us Happy Sailing! Your Statia Family
Written May 17, 2022
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missmartilu
Kansas City, MO6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We had a fantastic experience with Golden Rock Dive Center in Statia. Sarah helped with every step of the planning, including getting us squared away with our diving, transportation, and hotel. When I told her our anniversary was one evening of the trip she suggested and made reservations at a fantastic restaurant and made arrangements for the ride there and back. The diving at Statia was amazing and so diverse with very healthy and well protected reefs. We did wrecks, artifact diving, deep diving, and reefs, Golden Rock listened to what we wanted to see and adjusted the dive plans accordingly. The dive masters were absolutely amazing. Every dive was well briefed and there was always a critter or behavior that we were looking to find. After every dive we asked about new fish, critters, behaviors; and Gary and Kiera taught us so much we did not know. I cannot say enough about what a great shop this is, truly a five star experience.
Written March 16, 2022
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Thank you Marti! What a great review! We had a great Time with you both and so glad you enjoyed your fish finding with us! Hope to see you again in the near future. Hugs from your Statia family!
Written March 23, 2022
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Ania
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
I spent there one beautiful dive week with my friends. It was great. The service was excellent and the dive spots really beautiful. Both the owners and dive masters are super engaged and supporting. Aparat from diving they helped us to organize the whole stay on the Island. It is a small friendly place and after few days you feel like at home with friends. I would for sure repeat the trip and I do recommend it for any divers enjoing relaxed diving and beautiful nature of Carribean.
Written June 4, 2022
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Thank you Anna! We had such a wonderful time with you all and so hope you make it back to Statia in the future! Hugs Sarah, David Gary, and Ciara
Written June 5, 2022
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RobertFrisenda
Poughkeepsie, NY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
This is a true Mom and Pop operation run by owners David and Ciara and Dive Masters Kira and her husband Gary.

Having received my open water certification only a few days earlier at another island, I was surprised and pleased to discover that without my request, I was assigned a private dive master, Kira as a complementary benefit of my dive package.

Beside being the consummate professional, Kira exuded the knowledge and confidence of a seasoned and serious diver. She was gentle and patient with her instructions. Her knowledge of the ocean floor was encyclopedic and she took pains to point out numerous sightings that I would have surely missed.

The dive sites were quite impressive and certainly worth a separate trip to small, unspoiled Sint Eustatius .

Finally the value was extraordinary and translates to more diving for any given budget.

Overall, a memorable and satisfying experience.
Written December 10, 2022
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Thank you for the very kind review Robert! We are so pleased you enjoyed your dive experience with us. Welcome to the dive community! We hope to see you back in Statia again soon Cheers
Written December 10, 2022
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jcurin
chicago19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We were two couples (three divers) on our first post-covid dive trip and GoldenRock/Statia was the perfect choice. Sara ran the show and had everything coordinated before we arrived, capt david expertly handled the boat, Gary and Ciara were awesome in and out of the water and helped out our group which was a bit rusty after a two year layoff. Friendly and competent staff and well run operation all around. The diving itself was great, clear water and healthy sea life. we even took Stumpy out for a sunset cruise. good times, we'll be back!
Written May 24, 2022
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Thank you for your time and review John. We had a great time with you y’all. Thank you for diving with us and we hope to see you back on Statia again!
Written May 25, 2022
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