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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Evemarie Cottage in
Saba/Dutch West Indies

Sea Saba/Evemarie Cottage, Aug, 2004,

by Omar Hafez, CA, USA . Report 1339.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Phillipines, Bali, Madagascar, Christmas Island, Channel Islands, Monterey, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limit of 110 ft (due to Nitrox)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 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 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Excellent staff at Sea Saba, Lynn runs a top notch dive operation. They really make you feel like you're in good hands. The dive boat was never over crowded (usually 4 divers plus crew). Dive guides gave detailed briefings before each dive, were aware of experience level of all divers. Kudos to Guy, Leeda, Alex, Bruno and Marcel.

What to see: lots of healthy corals and sponges, excellent macro life, and of course the famous pinnacles of Saba. Keep in mind that althought the "Needle" is at 90ft, the "Eye of the Needle" is at 160ft, so you cannot dive through it. Saw sharks, turtles, stingrays, nudibranchs, eels, squid, scorpionfish and jellyfish. Did not see any seahorses, but they are out there.

Recommend staying in Winwardside, which is where we stayed. The Evemarie Cottage is right across from the Brigadoon (with tasty meals from chef Michael), and within walking distance to the market. Save a couple of days for hiking in the rainforest. It's well worth it.



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