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Dive Review of Saba Deep/Juliana's in
Saba

Saba Deep/Juliana's, Aug, 2010,

by Andrew Bernat, VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5670 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Fiji, Bora Bora, Great Barrier Reef, Puerto Rico, Maine
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dove in a group following dive master. We were allowed to start early and stay late. Generally followed computer profile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat rides are short so no special facilities needed.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Saba is somewhat different, being a volcanic island with coral encrusted rock rather than true coral reefs. There are not casinos or beaches.

Saba Deep is pure valet diving; hand over equipment before the first dive, don't touch it between dives and they drop it off rinsed and dry after the last dive. Due to calms winds we dove on the windwardside and found Core Gut to be a fantastic wall site. As well the various pinnacles are a unique experience. Attitude of Saba Deep was very pleasant and they are clearly running a shop for individuals/small groups who love to dive. Boat returns to dock in between dives (3 dives per day). They were happy going out with only the two of us.

Orchid Cottage at Juliana's in Windwardside makes for a pleasant home and it was nice to have Tropics right next store for food. We also did take away from some of the local restaurants.

Saba is a great place for a very relaxed diving vacation.
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