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Dive Review of SeaSaba/Juliana's in
Saba

SeaSaba/Juliana's, May, 2004,

by Frank Klein, CO, USA . Report 1050.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Cozomel, Kauai, Nassau, Grand Cayman, Aruba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 ft
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments SeaSaba had water tanks for cameras on board.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had gone to St. Maarten for a week, and took two days of it to go over to Saba and dive. We took the Edge (ferry) over and back. Had made arrangements with SeaSaba Diving, and they are great. Lynn Costenaro took care of our hotel reservations (Julianas), provided all transportation to hotel and to dive boat daily, and to the Edge for our return. She even arranged for sandwiches on the dive boat if we wanted them. Very good to work with by e-mail, very professional, and great, roomy dive boats. We had 5 to 9 divers on different trips
Saba island is so cool, a step back in time. They have 1200 residents and 300 students at the medical school. Julianas is a very nice small hotel with all the amenities, an excellent restaurant, satellite TV (for those of you who need TV), and wonderful views of the ocean.
Saba is a dormant volcano. It hasnt spewed forth for 5000 years, but at some dive sites where you can stick your hand into the sand, the temperature changes and gets warm. Theres still heat down there.
Unfortunately, the area had been having high winds for several days and the water was choppy with visibility down to 60-70 feet, less than they normally have. I took my underwater camera and got some great shots, but didnt see as much marine life as I thought I would. This could have been due to the very windy conditions over the previous days and churning of the water. But still, the diving was great, and I am thinking about returning in the future to try it again.
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