Activities - Tourist Services
Our staff can inform you about activities that can
be arranged for visitors when you visit the National
Park Visitor Centre. Alternatively, ask one of the Rangers
when you meet them in the Marine Park, National Park
and Botanical Garden. If you wish to find out more information
in advance, email us at email@example.com.
Our Visitor Centre near the harbour
has exhibits about the Marine Park, National Park and
Botanical Garden, as well as other information about
species of fauna and flora on St Eustatius. There is
also a Meeting Room for groups to use at a donation.
The Visitor Centre is open from 8am until 5pm (Monday
through Friday, closing at 4pm on Fridays).
Our Rangers are qualified to guide visitors around the National Park trails, showing key species of fauna and flora, and advising about the forest eco-system and medicinal plants. All are first-aid qualified and can give a range of guided hikes, varying from easy (to the Quill rim), moderate (into the crater) or difficult (to Mazinga Peak or Panorama Point). We offer guided hikes to two or more persons in a group. Please give us 1-2 days’ notice to organise a guided hike or email/phone in advance to arrange it. The cost is variable depending on the length of hike on different trails, and includes National Park visitor fee and mini-guide. Special school rates are available.
Our Botanical Garden Ranger or Intern is at the Botanical
Garden every weekday morning to give tours to visitors.
Tours can be planned in advance or upon request at the
Garden. Tours usually encompass the Sensory Garden,
Palm Garden and Lookout Garden as well as Bird Trail
and take about 1 to 1.5 hours. Donation of $5 per visitor
is requested, including a Botanical Garden mini-guide.
Turtle night patrol
Leatherback-, Green- and Hawksbill Turtles nest from
April through October and nightly patrols are organised
by our Marine park manager during this period. Small
groups of visitors can accompany turtle patrols mid-evening. It is possible to join for
a couple of hours, or for the whole night. Beware that
turtles are not seen every night patrol. If you are
interested, come to the Visitor Centre first to arrange
a patrol with the Marine park manager.
A range of souvenirs are sold at the Visitor Centre,
including local arts and crafts. We stock a series of
nature postcards, posters, different types
of t-shirts and polos for adults and children, hats
and caps, guidebooks, mini-guides, jewellery and cold
drinks and snacks (ideal purchase for your hike!). We
also sell 2nd hand fiction books.
There is a garden adjacent to the Visitor Centre with
picnic tables and resting area. Behind the garden is
a building with two public toilets and two public showers,
as well as outdoor shower and additional changing room
for use during busy periods. This facility is available
during office hours or outside of hours upon arrangement.
The cost for showers is $2 to cover cost of water and