For divers, diversity is Statia’s most important asset. Especially since the entire range of attractions lies between 12 and 40 meters below sea level. Even at this depth, visibility is typically 25 to 30 meters.
The distinction of the official dive spots around Statia is that each location is completely different. Each dive, a new world. Corals and sponges are tucked away under buoys. In addition, at each individual dive site, a truly remarkable variety of sea life can be found in this underwater mystery.
The constant sea temperature (averaging 28°C) and sunny climate help to make diving in every season especially pleasant. Wearing a thin wetsuit or shorty is generally enough.
Keeping busy under the sea
The underwater landscape is made up of volcanic rock with a covering of soft and hard corals and plants. The combination provides an awe-inspiring color palette.
Hundreds of species of fish, sometimes a large concentration of turtles, and nurse sharks can be easily spotted. One location is visited by gray reef sharks, the other sees sensational eagle rays sorting out a resting place. Curious fish shoot out of every crevice and cave. Busy cleaning their shelter, totally unimpressed by the few divers. Meanwhile fan corals sway gently along to the rhythm of the current.
Ever had a great barracuda pose in front of your camera? Barracudas, moray eels, southern stingrays, seahorses, and huge lobsters. Even more sensational: Statia is one of the few places where it is possible to get a picture of a flying gurnard.
Between March and November, three types of protected sea turtles crawl from the surf to nest on the beach. Statia’s “Sea Turtle Conservation Program” warns others when the turtles come ashore.