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Welcome to the National Parks of St Eustatius

Three National Park areas protect the unique tropical ecosystems present on both land with a total protected area covered of 33km2. The national parks system was initiated by the Island Government in 1996. The management of the parks is delegated to St Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA), a local NGO. Numerous endangered species are protected through active programs, including sea turtles, corals, the Lesser Antillean Iguana, Red Bellied Racer Snake, orchids, cacti and the endemic vine ‘Statia Morning Glory’.

The St Eustatius National Marine Park was created in 1996 and extends around the entire island from the high water line to 30m depth contour. The park covers an area of 27.5km2 and protects a variety of habitats, including pristine coral reefs (drop off walls, volcanic ‘fingers’ and ‘bombs’, spur and groove systems), 18th century shipwrecks and modern-day artificial reefs to promote fishing and dive tourism (including a 100m cable-laying ship).

Within the Park are two actively- managed Reserves in which no fishing or anchoring is permitted.

The Quill / Boven National Park of 5.4km2 consists of two sub-sectors - the dormant volcano ‘The Quill’ and the ‘Boven’ area covering five hills in the north of St Eustatius, also known as Northern Hills.

Varying types of habitat are protected, ranging from elfin forest at the top of the Quill volcano to thorny woodland on the lower slopes. STENAPA gives guided tours (min 4 p) and maintains the network of trails.

The Miriam Schmidt Botanical Garden was created in 1998. This garden provides a haven for the protection of the island’s nature fauna and flora whilst, at the same time, creating an opportunity to rest in peaceful surroundings.

The garden extends for 5.3ha across the southern slopes of the Quill. Visitors can learn more about the flora of St Eustatius, take a walk through the forest or picnic and enjoy the views of St Kitts and beyond.

The maintenance and protection of the National Parks is funded by user fees

  • For use of the Marine Park visiting yachts are asked to pay their yacht fee at the National Parks office, Gallows Bay, 5 min walking from the harbor.  If there are no moorings available you can anchor your boat. VHF 17/16.

  • The hiking trails are open to the public. Further information is available at the National parks office, where you can buy your trail tag ($10). Trail tags are valid for a whole year.

With your support STENAPA can maintain the parks and make your visit an unforgettable experience.  Other income comes from a limited government subsidy, grants and private donations.