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Things To Do in Sint Eustatius

Boven is in the northern Hills of St Eustatius. The Boven, Venus, Gilboa Hill, Signal Hill and Bergie are the five hills in the area. Bergje (main cone pipe at 223 meter), Boven (289 meter), Gilboa Hill (175 meter), Signal Hill (234 meter) are weathered remains of the cone, originally built-up 600 meters high by accumulation of volcanic material 1.6 million years ago during the Quaternary Period. The Northern Hills contain numerous layers of volcanic deposits, weathered into a red colour due to oxidation of the Ferro-magnesium mineral Read More…

Statia has one of the best diving sites in the Caribbean. The underwater volcanic fissures and canyons give statia a diversified diving selection. A National Marine Park was established in 1996. The park surrounds the island (encompassing the entire coast) and extends from the high water mark out to a depth of 30 meters (100 ft). The total area of the park is 27.5 km2. Within the Marine Park, there are two actively managed reserves where anchoring and fishing are not permitted in order to protect pristine coral reef.There are 3 types of coral reef within the national park. The shallower reefs 40 feet / 12 meters to 75 feet / 23 meters have been carved from volcanic fingersRead More…

The Miriam C Schmidt botanical garden is a must visit when on the Island. In the 1990’s a Statia Woman named Miriam Schmidt had a vision of a sanctuary for protecting Statia’s rich biodiversity. Here the garden provides a haven for the island’s natural fauna and flora whilst. The garden extends for 5.3 hectares. Visitors are invited to learn more about the flora of St.Eustatius. There is also a great view of St.Kitts from the lookout garden and during the winter months (January through April) you might get lucky and see humpback wsint eustatius (11-15 meters length) passing as they migrate from colder feeding grounds to the tropics to breed.Read More…

On statia there are two museums: The St Eustatius Historical Foundation Museum and Lynch Plantation Museum. The St Eustatius Historical Foundation Museum is located on Emma weg in the center of Oranjestad in the 18th centry house of Simon Doncker, who was a wealthy merchant. Open from Monday –Friday from 9pm-5pm. Come and get a glimpse of what life might have been like on St.Eustatius in the 18th century. Artefacts from the famous Golden Rock Site can be seen, prehistoric archaeology, genuine furniture and ceramics form the 18th century.There are several historic site in walking distance from the museum that are a must see. You will also notice where the first Europeans settled in the 17th century. Read More…

The Quill Its name came from the Dutch word kuil; meaning pit: is inside the boundaries of the nation park, which became the first official national park of the Netherlands Antilles in 1998, making it a protected nature reserve. The Ouills highest point is just over 600m above sea level and is called Mazinga. The bottom of the crater is 273dm above sea level.The last eruption of the quill dates back to around the year 400AD. Read More…

Yachts are welcome to anchor or moor in Oranje Bay. The Marine Park maintains 12 yacht moorings in the bay (yellow buoys). There is a yacht fee of $10/night or $30/week. Fees go towards regular maintenance, cleaning, and rope replacement of the moorings.The Park Rangers collect mooring fees daily and can advise on available facilities (water, laundry, shopping, fuel, ice, and weather forecasts) For Customs and Immigration proceed to the Harbour Office (open Monday-Friday: 0800 – 1600, weekends: 0800 – 1100) for paperwork and registration.Read More…