St. Eustatius

 

This island is a bit off the beaten path and not your typical Caribbean destination.  It is most often called Statia and according to our cruising guide is a “small island with a large history”.

 

Volcano ahead

Volcano ahead

As you approach the island you clearly see the Quill in the distance, the volcanic cone that is 1800 feet high.  It last erupted in 400 AD so no worries today. Statia is a Dutch island and Quill comes from  kuil, Dutch for pit or hole.  Hiking to the rim is a popular activity which we did.  From there you can hike around the rim or down into the crater, which we did not.  The trail up was well marked and well maintained, going into the crater is a difficult hike and a guide is suggested; not for the likes of us.

 

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