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Dive Review of SeaSaba/Juliana's, Orchid Cottage in

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Bissell, VA, USA
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Report Number 1029
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Turk, Three Caymans, Cozumel, St. Lucia, Provo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 ft max on nitrox 32  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
The boat had a tub for cameras, but no table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Juliana's very good, though staying in the cottage is the way to go. The
restaurant served home cooked meals, good seafood, daily specials, small
bar area, fresh water pool. Wim and Jordana young energetic owners, rooms
cleaned daily. Pick up at 8.45 am, 20 minute drive on mountain roads to
commercial dock. Because of relatively late start, if you did an afternoon
dive you arrived back about 4 to 4.30 at Julianna's. No ATM on island,
bring cash or traveler's checks. Some other good restaurants as well. Lynn
at SeaSaba very professional and efficient. Pinnacles were cool, but time
fairly short at 110 feet. Not much small fish life on pinnacle plateaus,
but shark sitings fairly common. Eye of the Needle had the most to see.
Diamond rock the best second dive, lots of anemones, eels, barracuda,
turtles, tropicals, some current. The other dives on the southwest side of
the island displayed brilliant sponge life, healthy coral, interesting
crabs, frogfish, drum, lobsters, nurse sharks, morays, schools of fish, but
not many octopus, no eagle rays. Night dive on nearby Ladder Reef had
strong current one night, one inexperienced diver swam for 20 minutes to
reach the anchor line. We made the line, and got some great photos by
ducking behind the coral and rock formations. Wonderful clean island,
peopled by working folks used to a challenging environment. All rain water
is collected in cisterns. No beaches. Great hiking, tropical forest on the
peak, views of Statia, St. Maartens and St Barts to the east. Shortest
commercial airstrip in the world. 
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