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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Hummingbird House in
Saba/Near St Maarten

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Thorne, NC, US
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Report Number 5581
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Most of Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max of 110 feet. Free to following dive guide or do your own thing.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
They assist as much or as little with you UWP gear as needed.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
To see my Saba dive vacation video in 2 parts, copy and paste the following
addresses in your brower:  Saba in HD Part 1 = &
Saba in HD part 2 = 

The Island:  Of all the beautiful Caribbean destinations, Saba ranks at the
top.  This small island is the top of a mountain/volcano pushing straight
up out of the ocean and as such, almost everywhere you find yourself, you
are looking down over a beautiful vista with the ocean far down below you. 
Additionally, this is a Dutch island and the Dutch go to great strides to
keep their place clean and neat.  In fact, I think Saba is about the
cleanest, most picturesque places in the Caribbean.
Getting There:  The old saying Getting there is half the adventure is
very true in the case of Saba.  From St Maarten, you can get there by ferry
which is about an hour or so on a sometimes stomach-turning seas or you can
do a 15 minute or so flight by plane.  I definitely recommend flying
because it is an experience. The runway on Saba boasts to be the shortest
commercial runway in the world and this becomes evident with the dramatic
hard banking turn just before landing.

The Accommodations: My small group stayed at an enchanted villa called the
Hummingbird House which is situated about an 8 minute hilly walk into the
town of Windwardside.  I did some investigations into other cottages,
hotels, and villas around Windwardside and found almost all of them to be
great places to stay.  There are beautiful vistas on every turn so I would
not sweat it if a specific accommodation does not have that perfect view
because such a view will be found almost everywhere you ride or walk.

Getting Around: A pleasant surprise on Saba was the 25 minute taxi ride
from our villa to the boat dock. Before going to Saba, I had a mild dread
of having to take a long ride on winding roads before diving. However, as
it turned out, the taxi ride to and from the dive boat was one my favorite
times.  The views where so gorgeous that I could never get enough.  As is
the case in everything in Saba, the taxi ride itself is a great adventure.

The Food: I was very impressed and delighted at how many really good places
there are to eat on Saba.  Additionally, the grocery stores there have
almost anything you desire at a reasonable cost.
The People: At the core of what makes Saba a great place to spend a
vacation is the genuinely friendly people on the island.  The smiles and
greetings from the Sabaean folks are real, inviting, and refreshing.

The Dive Operation: Lynn runs Sea Saba like a well-oiled machine.  I have
never witnessed such an organized group of folks that works so hard to make
sure the customers are enjoying themselves.  Every need seems to have been
proactively considered.  For example, dive gearSea Saba handles your gear
as much or as little as the diver desires.  They store your stuff on the
boat so no need to haul the mess up and down the mountain.  Lynn or a Sea
Saba staff greets you every day on the taxi ride to and from the dive dock
to make sure you know any scoop of where to eat or what activities are
going on that night. Also, we really enjoyed all of the dive staff that was
on our boat especially Steve and Amy. The dive staff takes safety and
having an enjoyable dive seriously and all of equipment and boat are in top

The Diving: The boat ride is always very exciting because of the dramatic
views of the sheer rock against the ocean. Such cool and awesome vantage
points make this a very special experience.  Below the water, the coral is
in the best shape I have seen.  There are enormous sponges and stunning
colorful hard and soft corals everywhere.  Of the 15 dives I made on this
trip, I saw very little algae that are so endemic throughout the area.  And
although I did not see a large amount of fish, the fish present are in
large variety with most being small to medium sizes.

Saba tends to heavily advertise its deep pinnacle dives to the point that
before I got there, I wondered if there was anything to see above 100 feet.
  To my delight, I found the medium to shallower dives to be the most
exciting because of diverse variety and beauty.  The deep pinnacle dives
are cool and adventurous, but your time is brief so you never really get to
relax on such dives.  Whereas the medium/shallow dives are easy going with
ample time to kick back and take in the scenery.
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