Sint Eustatius has 36 marked dive sites, and there is flexibility to dive them in various ways. There are distinct topographical regions underwater; many reefs have formed on the remains of the Bovern and Quill volcanic areas. In the north, lava blocks, boulder slides, and shallow lava flows (called lava fingers) create interesting formations that have been fully colonized by the colorful sponges and corals. Spur and groove lava formations characterize the southern reserve area.
The island has a good mix of stunning shallower dive sites and exciting advanced dives. These well-protected reef systems are home to a wide array of Caribbean reef fish and creatures. The most interesting residents being flying gurnards, eels, frogfish, seahorses, spotted drumfish, octopus, various rays, sharks, and turtles.
The dramatic walls and pinnacles are visited by the larger pelagic such as grey reef sharks, eagle rays, hawksbill and green turtles. Volcano Fingers is a great advanced level dive on a deep wall reaching a depth of 40m (130ft). There is no mooring at this site, so divers descend into the blue until they find the volcano fingers. A lava flow canyon leads divers to slowly ascend shallower up to an area called Humps. Seahorses nestle in the vibrant corals and sponges. Turtles are frequently seen in the area.
There are many wrecks in Statia, dating back to the time when it was a major trading post in the 1700s, up to modern-day ones. Common life around the wrecks includes snappers, horse-eye jacks, barracuda, rays, and turtles. The Charles L. Brown is a magnificent wreck measuring 100m (327ft). Purpose-sunk in 2003 to a depth of 30m (100ft), she was a cable-laying ship built in Italy. She now sits on her side, with a good remaining superstructure, and is a stunning sight to see underwater, with lots of photo opportunities. Trained divers can penetrate this wreck.
For divers who like macro or archeological sites, Blue Bead Hole is perfect. With a maximum depth of 18m (60ft), divers can spend plenty of time looking for unusual creatures such as the beautiful flying gurnard. Another major highlight at this site is the chance of finding historical artifacts. Clay pipes, pottery, and Statia's famous blue beads - originally used to pay slaves- can be found. But remember to look and not take!
The staff at Buddy Dive Resort were really helpful! Augusto, the dive shop manager, made sure we got all the spots on the boat dives that we needed. The dive operation there is great, we loved the drive through for the tanks and the shore dives were amazing. The room was big and clean.
Good location to take check out dive on your equipment before really diving. Excellent location to night dive. Ladder or giant stride entry. It is used by Buddy Dive for scuba certifications. Sandy bottom shelf down to about 35',then out to wall. Wall drops down to about 95' plus. This is great location to check equipment and get buoyancy right before real diving.