Blue Bead Hole is located in the Caribbean Sea near Sint Eustatius Island, which is a part of the Caribbean Netherlands. The island is located in the northern part of the Leeward Islands in the archipelago of the Lesser Antilles.
This place has a very interesting history. In the past, Sint Eustatius Island (Island of Saint Eustace) was a large port and annually attracted thousands of cargo ships to its shores. In the 17th century, Dutch West India Company (Geoctroyeerde Westindische Compagnie) brought to the island blue pentagonal beads made in Amsterdam for trade. Slaves of Sint Eustatius Island got these beads as wage. After liberation, they gathered on the rocks and threw that beads into the sea, celebrating their freedom.
Today, divers from all over the world come to the island in hope to find those treasures of slaves given to the sea. But as the legend says, it is impossible to find the beads as only they can find you. And if your search is successful, you will return to Saint Eustace again and again. It is an interesting fact that the blue beads are the only artifacts which you can take leaving the island.
If you won't find the beads, you will be able to enjoy underwater sceneries at Sint Eustatius, a volcanic island. Old underwater lava flows have been lavishly covered which sponges and corals that created unique species. The marine park status is the reason for thriving marine life here, and turtles with sharks are usual inhabitants of local waters. During the dive, you will see yellowhead jawfish, sea robins, flying gurnards, giant molluscs Strombus, and many other sea dwellers.
|Diving Types||Fun, Night|
|Depth||17 m avg, 17 m max|
|Visibility||5-10 m avg|
|GPS location||17.4775, -62.9917|