Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine April 2017 | Page 389

The Quill The Quill or Boven National Park is one of 3 National Parks on St. Eustatius and is the extinct volcano that once created the island. Today the Quill still has a perfectly formed crater and at its bottom is a unique rainforest. The park area also covers 5 hills in the north of St Eustatius. Photo Credit: Walter Hellebrand National Marine Park The second of St. Eustatius’s National Parks is a marine park that encompasses the entire coastline from the high tide mark to a depth of 30m. This park was created to protect the reef and the sea life and so fishing is not allowed but the park officials work closely with the 3 dive centers on the island to allow snorkeling and diving. To promote the dive tourism, as well as the natural reef and shipwrecks, some artificial reefs have now been built. Photo Credit: St. Eustatius National Park Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden The third of St. Eustatius’s parks is the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden which covers 52 acres on the Atlantic side of the Quill. The park contains a kitchen garden, a palm garden and a greenhouse but also has some interesting nature trails. The park also contains a picnic area which affords some fantastic views of the nearby island of St. Kitts. As with the other two of St. Eustatius’s National Parks, to visit the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden you must first buy a $6 permit which should be available from your hotel. © St. Eustatius National Parks