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Dive Review of Saba Deep in

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Genia Ply, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6543
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Great Exhuma, Turks & Caicos, Fiji, California, St. Maarten
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
There were only 5 of us on the boat that were going with the DM and 2 kids
making their first dive as part of the junior program.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I didn't bring a camera so did not make myself aware of the facilities they
have for the gear.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
My hubby, Jim and I have 45 dives each and look forward to many more.  We
took the ferry from St. Maarten (Dutch side) to Saba which takes approx.
1hr 15 min.  The sea was a little rough towards the middle of our journey. 
Next time I think we will fly as it takes less then 15 minutes.  However,
be warned, Saba's airport is not for the meek.

We had an amazing experience from the moment we stepped off the ferry. 
Saba Deep operates from the harbor and Cheri (Cheri & Tony are the
owners) met us at the ferry and picked-up our scuba gear while we proceeded
through "customs".  This is a make shift cargo container you pass
through to get your passport scanned and stamped (at least it was air
conditioned).  Saba is in the process of constructing a new customs
building.  Saba Deep is located at the end of the harbor road before you
head to town and is a very short walk from customs.

As were were running late due to a small problem with the ferry, we had no
time to waste to get in our two dives before the ferry departed back to St.
Maarten.  The boat was clean and tidy and Gary and Kayla , our crew, were
very nice, helpful, knowledgeable and professional.  All our gear was set
up for us immediately so we could get out to our first dive.  As I think
all divers should, we always re-check our gear, including o-rings and have
taught our kids to do the same.  Everyone in the end should be responsible
for their own equipment.

I wear a 5mil full length suit as I find that I often get cold during my
second dive.  The first dive was a little choppy with visability around
50ft.  Our second dive was a slight drift wall dive that was amazing (70
ft. vis).  The highlight of that dive for me was seeing a two frog fish.
Kayla and Gary were very helpful both below water and on the boat and we
could not have asked for a better crew.  The only minor inconvenience for
me was that the boat had no cover for shade.  I suffer from migraines and
heat and direct sun are a main contributor, but I'm not going to give up
diving because there was no shade.  I powered through. Snacks and drinks
are not provided on the boat.  Not a problem for us, as we always pack our

During dives you will come back to the harbor so they can switch out tanks
as there is not a great deal of "extra" space on board the boat. 
Most dives are kept to 6 to 8 people, which makes for a great time.  After
our dive, Gary and Kayla rinsed all our gear and hung it out to dry while
we headed upstairs to Cheri and Tony's restaurant above their dive shop for
a great meal before heading back to St. Maarten.  If you place your order
with Cheri before you leave on your dive, they will have it ready for you
upon your return.  

My hubby and I have already decided that we will definitely going back to
Saba to stay a few days and dive with Saba Deep again.  The entire crew was
very welcoming, friendly, professional and make you feel at home.  Be
forewarned that the harbor is not at all beautiful.  However, I hear that
once you proceed over the hill into town it is amazing and there is great
food and some awesome hiking.

There is a dive called "the church" that we have been told is a
must see.  However, to do this dive you must be there in the morning (boat
leaves at 9 for that dive). 
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