Tourism

Statia:

Marketed as the “Historic Gem of the Caribbean”, Statia is in the early stages of developing its tourism product and industry. Currently the number of hotel rooms is less than one hundred and diving is the main tourist attraction of the island. However, several other potential opportunities for development have been identified. The government of Statia is fully committed to and supportive of further development of the industry. Consequently, it has put in place the requisite policy, regulatory and administrative framework to facilitate development of a wider range of tourism and hospitality businesses on the island, including hotels.

  • Pristine coral reefs, abundant marine life and historic shipwrecks mean world class diving.
  • Rare fauna and flora, national parks and wonderful marine life, Statia is an ecotourist delight.
  • Statia's rich history and culture can be witnessed all over the island

Statia is a paradise for nature lovers. Wonderful hiking is plentiful.

Explore our island!

At the North end area a series of hills, remnants of an old volcano. At the center of the island is a plain where the airport is located and at the south end a much younger, perfectly formed volcano - The Quill.

The Quill

Designated as a National Park in May 1998 and is managed by The St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (Stenapa), The Quill soars dramatically to a height of 2000 feet / 600 metres.

The Dutch settlers first called it "Kuil" meaning pit or hole but the English settlers renamed it - "Quill."

It is a lush rainforest, an intriguing hiking expedition that has attracted hundreds of visitors. After you have made the ascent to the crater, catch your breath and relax, then make your descent into the floor of the crater to a depth of 273 meters above sea level. Explore the verdant lush tropical rainforest, nestled within its enormous crater.

You will find the interior teems with giant elephant ears growing along the trail on the ground. Also look out for magnificent tree ferns, begonias, figs, plantains and bananas.

In the Quill you will also find bromeliads (related to the pineapple), trumpet wood, mahogany, seedless breadfruit (first brought to the New World by Captain Bligh in 1793), Suriname cherry, ginger bush and edible raspberries.

There are at least 17 different kinds of orchids, some quite rare on the island. You may also come across iguanas, land crabs, butterflies and exotic birds.

Walking the Quill with or without a tour guide is something which has to be experienced. Hiking the Quill is possible every day of the week and the best time to hike is in the early morning. It is possible to hike the Quill with an experienced guide.

Visit the St. Eustatius Tourist Office for more information.


Saba:

The island of Saba is known today for tourism, especially its ecotourism. Saba is increasing in its popularity as a vacation destination because of its excellent scuba diving and hiking.

Saba's brilliantly colourful and pristine coral life make it one of the most sublime places to scuba dive in the world, and is often listed as one of the Top 10 diving destinations in the world. Many attribute the underwater life's purity to the island's remoteness and the caring of the people. The waters around the island were designated as the Saba National Marine Park in 1987, subject to government regulation to preserve its coral reefs and other marine life. Thus, Saba is known as "The Unspoiled Queen" of the Caribbean.

The Saba Conservation Foundation is a dedicated environmental organization developed to protect the marine and land environment as well as endangered plants and animals.

Nature Trails & Walks

The Tourist Office, the Saba Conservation Foundation and many local supporters have adequately marked and maintain trails for easy trekking. Some trails need a guide, all the better to fully appreciate the botanical and historical parts of Saba. Everyone can easily hike over and into Saba's rain forest, tidepools, historic ruins, and rich nature wonderland. Even a walk along Saba's winding road will lead you to a magical view, and a memorable vacation.

Diving

Saba's beauty extends below the waterline into an exciting marine environment rich in corals and active with fish life. A busy population of colourful tropical fish as well as large groupers and jacks live around Saba.

Lava tunnels and hot springs remind divers of the dramatic volcanic beginnings of the island. The small leeward side hosts gentle, medium depth, spur and groove formations. Along the edge of Saba's sheer wall dives, divers can sight turtles and rays of all shapes and sizes.

Since the island is so small, dive boats can reach all sites within minutes.