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Dive Review of SEA SABA/THE COTTAGE CLUB in
Saba

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Earl E. Carpenter, IL, usa
Report Number 2318
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
GRAND CAYMAN, LITTLE CAYMAN, BELIEZE, UTILA, GRAND TURK & FLORIDA KEYS
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
80   to 110    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
BACK ON THE BOAT WITH 500# AIR IN THE TANK  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
[None]SABA   The Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean is everything a Queen
should be.  It is very unique & totally unlike any thing else in the
Caribbean.  Like being in the Alps with an Ocean of Blue at your feet. 
Five miles square &  3000 feet high its truly unlike any other diver
destination in the Caribbean.  The gracious people of Saba were as
beautiful &  welcoming as their island & they seem to enjoy sharing
it with their guest.  Many years ago these people realized the value of
their reefs & marine life & created a protected Marine Park &
therefore have some of the best dive sites Ive seen in this part of the
world.

ACCOMMODATIONS      Hotels range from individual cottages to a couple
luxurious resorts.  They all are small, very clean, & close to nature. 
Our group of six stayed at the Cottage Club, where each cabin had a
complete kitchen, two queen sized beds, a deck facing the ocean, plenty of
room & only a short walk to the center of the community of
Windwardside.  Our experience with restaurants ranged from The Swinging
Door which was great for ribs, a beer, & swapping stories with the
locals at the bar, to Brigadoon which could teach Boston something about
Clam Chowder, a glass of wine, and a Chocolate Orgasm. I heard praises for
the lobster, but never got that far down their great menu.  We found prices
on the island to be very reasonable, although be aware that some
establishments include a 15% tip on the bill  thanks to non-tipping
Europeans.  

SEA SABA    www.seasaba.com  Enough cannot be said about the quality of
this dive operation.  From our first encounter via e-mail to set up
arrangements for our group of six guys, to being picked up at the airport,
being transported to the dive boats, the quality of the boats and the dive
masters, to reservations for whatever we wanted to do after the days
diving.  When you contact Lynn at Sea Saba, shes in the Dive Shop, she
knows all the local conditions & doesnt have to contact someone on the
far off island for your answer.  After your dive, shell ask where you want
to eat, & then pick up the phone to make you reservations.  Lynn &
John run the best professionally run dive operation as weve experienced in
the Caribbean.  They have two 38' boats which could probably handle over 20
divers, but we never had over 10 divers & plenty of room for suiting 
up & getting on or off the boat.  Other dive operations on Saba have
smaller boats & the conditions looked less than acceptable to our
group.  Dive limitations were, Wed like you to be back on the boat with
about 500# of air,a discussion of diving in a Protected Marine Preserve,
and safe diving practices.  In twelve dives, I never experienced an air
tank with less than 3000# of air.  The dive masters gave very good outlines
of what to expect on each dive regarding its origin, its terrain &
the marine life we should expect to encounter.  You could dive with the
dive master or on your own if you so chose.  I could not imagine an
experienced diver being anything but elated with the dive operation of SEA
SABA.

DIVING SABA    Saba promotes its deep diving on their Pinnacles at about
100'.  I personally was more impressed with the diving from 40' to 70',
with a wide variety of terrain, pinnacles, fingers, mini walls & sandy
bottoms.  And the quantity of marine life was over whelming, which shows
the value of having a Protected Marine Park.  I have not seen anywhere else
in the Caribbean so many huge barrel sponges & such an abundance of
Black Coral.  My personal favorite dive site was Diamond Rock,  two
pinnacles about 30' in diameter, raising from a sandy floor 75' to crashing
waves hitting their sides, every bit covered with beautiful coral &
teaming with untold numbers & varieties of marine life.  AWESOME!!!  
You have not dove the Caribbean until you have experienced diving SABA.

SUMMARY   SABA is the destination that every serious diver must experience.
 And like everyone in our group, once youve experienced it you will start
planning your next trip to SABA.  SEA SABA will rival any dive operation
weve experienced in the Caribbean, friendly, professional, honest &
entirely devoted to your enjoyment of your diving experience.  We could not
recommend them more highly.  Our recommendation is that you SEE SABA with
SEA SABA.........
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