The St Eustatius National Parks Foundation, STENAPA, and the Culture Department have been collaborating on the organization of the second National Parks Nature Chase on Statia Day, November 16, 2022. This ‘triathlon’ will give people the opportunity to visit all three National Parks in one day.

Date: Statia Day, Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Participation Fee: $45 ($15 per person in Relay Teams) – Non-refundable after Nov 1 (find a replacement)

Age Limit: 16 years old and older


  • Male Individual
  • Female Individual
  • Relay Team (3 persons, 1 event per person)


  • SWIM: 0.4 km
  • BIKE: 9 km
  • HIKE: 1.8 km
  • TOTAL: ~11+ km

Estimated Total Time: 3 hrs

NOTE: Please consider that this event may be postponed or cancelled due to any emergency Covid-19 measures. Refunds will be made if this happens to be the case on the day. We hope it does not happen, of course.

Spectator Locations – high activity locations. Also, visit the end of the chase – Quill National Park entrance/exit.

Routes – Maps and Directions

Overview of National Park Nature Chase Routes 2022

The event will be taxing. Please be well rested from the day before.


The first leg of the event is the swimming leg. Participants will be fresh and rested. They start the race at the Beach by Scubaqua on Oranjebaaiweg, then along the submerged historical city wall to end at Smoke Alley.

  • The starting signal will go off at 8:00 am
  • Estimated duration: 10-20 minutes
  • Approximate distance: 0.4 km

Assistance will be provided by The STENAPA Marine Team and others along the Swimming Route. If at anytime you cannot continue, or have any difficulty, they will be there to help you.

Allowed: Wetsuit, swim goggles or snorkel mask (only), any stroke(s), practice, courage

Not allowed: flotation or swimming assists (fins, snorkel, webbed fingers, etc).


This route takes you to the Boven National Park and then to the Quill National Park.

Smoke Alley -> Boven National Park -> Quill National Park

Estimated duration: 1 hour

Approximate distance: 9 km

Allowed: Water and water bottles, sportsmanship

Not allowed: Motor devices, alcohol, shortcuts

Part 1 of BIKE Route

Starting at Smoke Alley, up Von Tonningenweg, then turning left onto Sandy Road. You will exit Sandy Road on the first left onto ‘Parallel Road’, using the roundabout to go all the way to the entrance of the Boven National Park.

Part 2 of BIKE Route

Turn around at the entrance to the Boven National Park, then head back to the roundabout, ’Parallel-Road’, then right onto Sandy Road. Make a left on Von Tonningenweg, along ___, then take a right into the square, passing along outside of Fort Oranje, then unto Kerkweg. Turn left unto Rosemary Lane, stopping at the last house on your right, at the top of Rosemary Lane.
This is end of the BIKE Route where you will leave your bicycle and start your HIKE.

Bring your own bicycle or rent from Golden Rock Bikes +599 319 1196 / US Cell +1 908 417 1129 Perhaps you can rent one to train. If they are not operating, consider borrowing one from a friend. Helmets are strongly advised and will be required for the next Nature Chase.


Your hike starts at the Entry Trail and continues to the Main Quill Trail, making a U-turn at the View Point, then descending to the Finish Line.

The HIKE will be short and sweet this year. A climb to the View Point and back!

Estimated duration:  45 mins to 1 hour

Approximate distance: 1.8 km

Allowed: Taking photographs, leaving footprints

Not allowed: Removing or damaging anything in the National Park


STENAPA cannot host this event without the help of volunteers.

Thank you to everyone who has agreed to volunteer on the day. Everyone is needed to keep the event safe and to make it a success.

Meeting to organize volunteers: Date TBD …. Venue: STENAPA Office

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

1. Will WATER be provided?YES – Volunteers along the route will have water to refill your reusable water bottle. You will also be provided with fruit at the beginning of the race.

2. Will precautions be made for our safety?YES – On land and in the sea. Assistance, adequate guides (objects and person), smooth roads, rescue personnel are all being considered and will be worked into the planning. Asthmatic persons are advised to volunteer instead of participate. Please be careful and we will do the rest.

3. When do I need to register as a Participant by? – November 11th ~ Register NOW

4. If I cannot finish the race, will I get a refund?No – Take on the challenge, train, be prepared and aim for the finishing line. If you did not cross it this year, maybe you can cross it next year. Maybe even win.

5. Do I have to do all three legs, SWIM/BIKE/HIKE?YES & NO – Yes, as an INDIVIDUAL or No, you will only do one leg. However, your RELAY TEAM must do all three legs. There will be an Individual Trophy (Male/Female) and a Relay Team Trophy

6. What does 1st Place win? – TROPHY! Bragging Rights! Also, a gift basket from Celbees. All participants will receive a Participation Token.


The management of STENAPA is hoping that many persons take advantage of this opportunity to experience the beauty of the Parks. And, also, be the first to hold the trophy of what we hope will be a successful event.

For more information contact the STENAPA Office at +599 318 2884 or

Come for the Fun, Flora and Fauna!!!