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Dive Review of SeaSaba Dive Center/Juliana's in
Saba/Netherland Antilles]

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Thomas Daly, FL, usa
Report Number 803
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Maine, Caymans, Cozumel, Florida, Puerto Rico including La Parguera and
Culebra island.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
One could dive their own profile within the constraints of the Dive site eg
the pinacles, one must stay within the sport diving limits, no deco diving
and monitor your computer. Dive with your buddy. On Shallower dives, diving
was permissive. Safety at all times.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
SeaSaba provides enough room to work with your cameras for the number of
people they allow on the boat. I have never seen a shortage of workspace.
They provide a salt water "camera only" rinse bucket to keep salt
from crystalizing while on the boat. A sea and sea mx10 with ys40 flash is
available for rent 25/day at the shop....also available are accessory
lenses for this camera.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Seasaba owners John Magor and Lynn Costenaro do a world class job of making
our trip stress free and most enjoyable from the planning stages, to the
actual trip, and rechecking our Winair reservations for our departure date.
Their service and cheerful attitude are extraordinary. When they say
"concierge level service" they are accurate in describing

The diving was as usual, action packed, never knowing what we would see
next. I had several opportunities to photograph smaller critters I am still
trying to identify, as well as face to face (well actually, about 10 feet
away) encounters with Gray Reef Sharks at Third Encounter(pinacle dive).
Turtles were everywhere, all hawksbills I think. Caughta glimpse of the
elusive photo evidence however. The marine life was healthy and
plentiful.Schools of fish were everywhere, including the Atlantic
Spadefish. I believe I could easily spend a week on each dive site. I
always wish I could give myself two weeks, one for exploring and hiking
around the island and the other for diving.
Our trip was cut short due to a hurricane headed toward the islands, Lynn
kept us informed at all times as to the status of the weather and the
contingency plans. All went smoothly. The pinacles are dives not to be
missed....just wish my computer would let me stay down and explore a little
more...but this is part of the charm of Saba diving, you always want to go
back for another look. 

Juliana's has new owners, yes Franklin and Juliana are retired from the
hotel now, but you still see them around town. Franklin even makes the
occasional appearance at the hote. The new owners are a young dutch couple
(I am probably butchering the spelling of their names) Wim and Yohanna.
They are excited about their new place in paradise and are willing to do
what it takes to make you comfortable. They have added hammocks to the
guest rooms that have balconies. The cottages have air conditioning in the
bed rooms. The Hotel rooms do not. My only comment on this is it would be
nice to have the option of a/c in the rooms as well as the cross breezes.

Willards restaurant was fantastic..reserve a table for sunset on the deck,
go inexpensive with appetizers and wine and use the hot tub as night falls
or enjoy the world class cuisine. They have exptensive wine selection from
20 dollars to over 800 dollars a bottle.
The Brigadoon restaurant is always a favorite of our group[s. Chef/owner
Michael Chaama does all the food preparation and his wife Trish minds the
restaurant operation. They are quite fun to talk to as well. Do not miss
Michael's slide show of Saba Underwater and topside photos. If you are
Lucky, John Magor may do a slide show as well. 

Lollipops restaurant had a great Rack of were mixed about
the pizza. 

Swinging doors saloon is a great place on BBQ night. Don't miss the fun and
good food!

Saba remains in my opinion "the Mayberry" of the carribean. Slow
pace, friendly people, everyone knows everyone(and their business) and
charm. Saba remains the Unspoiled Queen
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