Things to do

For such a small island, there are many things to do on Statia. Relax on the quiet beaches around the island, rent a kayak, or explore the beautiful historic town center. At night, enjoy good Caribbean rum and shoot some pool in one of the many small bars. There are also plenty of things to do for those who are adventurous and active:

Diving

Statia's dive sites are among the best in the Caribbean. Here you find a wide variety of different sites, including beautiful coral reefs, walls, drop offs, historic wrecks, modern wrecks, and muck diving. Turtles, stingrays, barracudas, sharks, and a wide variety of reef fish can be seen on most dive sites. Not yet certified? No problem, on Statia you can do an introduction dive or a wide range of courses from any for the two dive shops.

Snorkeling

Statia also has some great snorkeling. The area in front of the Old Gin House is particularly beautiful. Here you can snorkel amongst sunken warehouse ruins from the eighteenth century. Many fish can be seen among the ruins, including barracudas and schools of blue tang. There is a good chance to encounter some turtles as well.

Hiking

There are two areas on the island that offer superb hiking. The first is the dormant Quill volcano. There are several trails on the volcano that lead you to Panorama Point with beaufitul views of the whole island, into the crater where you can see the tallest tree in the Netherlands, around the mountain where you have a spectacular view of White Wall, and to the highest peak on the island, Mazinga at 601 m. It is not uncommon to spot several red-bellied racer snakes (completely harmless) during a single hike. The Northern Hills, the remains of an extinct volcano, are a beautiful unspoilt and deserted area. Several trails lead to the summits of Bergje, Gilboa, and Boven Hills. Here you can discover the remains of old sugar plantations and slave walls and housing platforms, and see the endemic Statia Morning Glory. Venus and Jenkins Bay are also worth a visit. For more information, go to www.statiapark.org.