St. Eustatius National Marine Park was established in 1996. It encompasses the entire coastline of St. Eustatius from the high water mark to the 30 meter depth contour, covering an area of 25,500 hectares. Within the park are two reserves, one in which strictly no fishing and anchoring is allowed. The marine park is managed by the non-profit organization Stenapa (St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation) which was set up by Statians who wanted to protect and preserve the flora and fauna of the island for future generations.
Stenapa places and maintains the moorings which we use to moor our boat and to make controlled descents and ascents. Divers pay an additional marine park fee of 6 US $ per dive or a year pass of 30 US $. Diving in the marine park with gloves and diving without a guide is not allowed. The great Stenapa work does not only help preserve the marine park, but also the Quill and Boven National Park. Read more about Stenapa such as their Turtle conservation program at www.statiapark.org