St. Eustatius or ‘Statia’

Phenomenal dive sites and challenging trails

St. Eustatius or ‘Statia’ JOURNEYS

The Golden Rock

If you are looking for tranquility, you will find your nirvana on the barely discovered St. Eustatius. The rocky volcanic island is still pure and unspoiled and has phenomenal dive sites and challenging trails. It has one city and that is also the capital. Oranjestad is subdivided into a lower town located at the waterfront and a high-altitude upper town. In the upper town it is lovely to stroll around among the historical monuments; in the lower town, ruins still bear witness to the warehouses and places of entertainment for shipmen.

More goats than people

Statia was nicknamed "The Golden Rock" in the 18th century, at the time the world's busiest seaport for cargo transport between Europe and the American colonies and a tax-free paradise for the Dutch. Slaves were also traded on a large scale, serfs who were paid with "blue beads," beads made in Amsterdam that the VOC used for trade. Allegedly, slaves threw these Blue Beads into the sea after the abolition of slavery to celebrate their freedom; artifacts of significance that are still sporadically found on and around the island.

In 1796, the French took over Statia and introduced taxes that drove out merchants and reduced the population from 30,000 to 3,100. Reclaimed by the Dutch state, the borough with a total area of 21 km² and more goats than people is today an attraction for nature lovers. For hikers who want to conquer the dormant volcano the Quill and for divers who want to discover the vibrant underwater world full of dazzling reefs, rusting wrecks and relics of the Lower Town. Where the world can't find you....

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Hiking

Wonderful hiking routes and challenging trails

Oranjestad

From uninhabitable rock to trading center of significance

Diving

A vibrant underwater world full of remnants of the Lower Town

Top accommodations in St. Eustatius or 'Statia'

Golden Rock Resort

Adventure retreat on Statia

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The Golden Rock

Phenomenal dive sites and challenging trails

TOURING BY St. Eustatius or ‘Statia’

We are happy to offer you a travel proposal that fully meets your expectations. The proposed trips on our website are primarily intended as inspiration, and show only a small selection of the possibilities. Tell us your wishes and let us tailor your trip. We are happy to advise you!

We think it is important – especially now – that you are well informed and travelling with a good feeling. In our blog you can read the latest developments.

Curious about our inspiration tours?

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