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STATIA boasts of the most diversity of diving experiences in the Caribbean with 7 distinct eco-systems all with different structures and marine life. This diversity of structure creates habitats that attract all different types of sea life to the island. If it lives in the Caribbean it’s probably found here.


Coral Encrusted Lava Flows:

Coral encrusted lava flows emanate from the island’s now dormant volcano some 40,000 years ago have created finger-like plates that run east to west on top of a depth of 50'ft or 15m providing for good light resulting in an abundance of hard and soft corals and sponges. Most divers impressively comment on the barrel sponges, undercuts and overhangs which run along the plateau where it slopes down to 65'ft or 19m. The lava flows create structure where marine life congregate at a much higher level than sprawling reef can typically sustain. Divers will commonly observe turtles, barracudas, sharks, and lobsters along with all the colorful fish one would expect on a pristine Caribbean reef.

Sites List

  • Barracuda reef
  • Hangover reef
  • The Ledges
  • Nursing Station
  • Castle Rock
  • Blairs Reef
  • Anchor point
  • The Humps
  • The Blocks
  • Five Fingers North
  • Five Fingers South
  • Mushroom Garden

Walls

Dives start at 80' or 25m and coral buttresses form canyons as the slope off the island shelf down to the deep ocean. Hard corals and gorgonians thrive here and while cruising along the drop off it gives you a feeling of flight. We will often times drift from the wall dives to shallow lava flows covering two or three dive sites in the process. It makes for an interesting dive watching the reef change from deep to shallow and greatly extends the dive time.

Sites List

  • Off the Wall
  • Down South
  • Drop off East
  • Drop off West

Modern Ship Wrecks

Statia has several modern shipwrecks and these artificial reefs are located in sandy areas. Being isolated makes them a popular hangout for a large diversity of life. We will always expect to find large horse eyed jacks, barracudas, sting rays, as well as schools of scads and blue runners which pulsate around you as you swim through them. There is also the possibility of penetration on the Charley Brown wreck with its 130' or 40m swim through where the exit is visible from the time you enter.

Technical penetrations are also possible on special request into the cable reel rooms or main engine room.

Sites List

  • C/S Charles L. Brown length 300' or 100m max depth 100' or 33m
  • Chien Tong. Length 174' or 53m max depth 70' or 21m
  • Wreck City

Old Ship Wrecks

From the 1700's Statia was one of the key trading ports for the new world and during this time it was known as the "Golden Rock" and back in the day there might be several hundred ships of different sizes in the harbor all moving cargo to and from the colonies, it was like a super mall back then. Most of the wrecks of those days are buried under sand but there are a few in the harbor that make for surprisingly good dives. While all the wood is long gone the ballast stones used to keep the ships upright have become coral and sponge encrusted and being in a sand field they are an oasis for life. Most divers have a hard time remembering all the different species they saw while diving on the sites. One of the things that everyone is impressed by is the number of large female sting rays which are found around the wrecks every day between 10am and 2pm just resting in the sand. This is also a good place to look for one of our signature fish; the normally elusive Flying gurnard which if you haven't seen is a must.

Sites List

  • Double Wreck
  • Triple Wreck

Macros

These dives are very popular with underwater photographers and divers who enjoy the smaller and more unusual marine life. Glenn, a photo nut himself, has spent years shooting the multitude of sea creatures that call this area home and has developed techniques for getting them to come out and put on a show. Some of the favorites are the Pike Blennies, Sail Fin Blennies, Flying Gurnards, Pipe fish, Mantis shrimp, decorator crabs, etc. The macro dive site we dive most is called the Blue Bead Hole which is an entire other story itself. Blue Beads or ‘trading beads’ were made in the early 1700's for trade with indigenous people around the world. They are a well known part of Statia's history, and some of them ended up in the sand at about 60' or 18m in the middle of the harbor. So while some people are looking for the small stuff others like looking for the beads which is the only artifact that if found can be kept by visitors. The locals say once you find a bead you will always come back to Statia.

Sites List

  • Blue Bead Hole

Isolated Rock Out Croppings

Formed during the violent times when the volcano was active with rocky ridges popping out of the sand. These sites are special as they are in a sand field so any life in the area will congregate on them for cover, cleaning, and food. The abundance of marine life on these sites is overwhelming and the challenge will be to see what you can remember after the dive. Turtles, rays, eels and every fish you can think of are common.

Sites List

  • Aquarium
  • Dooby's crack

Boulder Slides

Found on the north end of Statia are near shore where the cliffs are very steep. Boulders the sizes of small cars have rolled down over the centuries and became coral and sponge havens with all kinds of nooks and crannies where marine stuff likes to hide. These sites are weather sensitive but when you hit it right sharks, turtles, eagle rays, and sometimes manta rays can be enjoyed.

Sites List

  • North Point
  • Normans Nose