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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Cat's Eye Cottage in

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by James Fisher, TX, USA
Report Number 1055
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
choppy, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
120 foot depth limit, Marine Park Rules enforced.  
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
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Fresh water tank on the boat and that is about it. No film processing on
the island.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Saba, NA. Absolutely fantastic diving and a great place to relax and
unwind. Diving is spectacular, near pristine reefs thanks to the early
establishment of the Marine Park Reserve. The Pinnacle dives are awesome
(Shark Shoals, Third Encounter/Eye Of The Needle are notable) and the
sealife is friendly. Frequent encounters with turtles produced dramatic eye
to eye contact and a swim along dive buddy too. Tent Wall, Tent Reef and
Tent Deep are not to be missed dive sites. Sea Saba is the primary dive
operation on the island (there are 3 total) with by far the largest boats
(2-38 footers). Sea Saba is a professionally run operation with
knowledgable divemasters, crew and staff. John and Lynn strive to meet all
your wishes and needs. The SeaSaba Website is the best online source of
information I could find about Saba ( Very detailed
information about the Island, diving, lodging, restaurants and more. The
divemaster we enjoyed most was Leda, but all are fantastic and knowledgable
about the area. Overall rating of SeaSaba's dive operation, 9 1/2 on a
scale of 1-10.
We stayed at the Cat's Eye Cottage and found this newly rebuilt Sabian
cottage fantastic. Everything is new and modern. Wake up in the morning to
a cloud rolling through the cottage. Only thing I would change is the couch
(it was bought for looks and not comfort). Cat's Eye is located overlooking
the village of Windwardside and has a spectacular mountainside view. Only
complaint (other than the couch) is the hike up the hill or mountain. This
was not disclosed to us before hand and is a GOOD hike up to it. If you are
not in decent physical shape, stay elsewhere. Overall rating of Cat's Eye
Cottage, 9 on a scale of 1-10 
Restaurant establishments are few with a somewhat limited selection. With
few exceptions, service is slow at best (Island Time we where told)and in
one case, ridiculously slow. Brigadoon was highly recomended, but was
closed the entire 10 days we where there. Owners where off the island we
where told. Y2K has good food and is a nice place, service was good, no
complaints. Scouts Place was good as well, great menu selection and a nice
place, service was ok/good, no complaints. Tropics Cafe has pretty darn
good food, but I think they grow everything after you order it and near
have to beg for a second drink of anything (coffee, tea, beer), these folks
don't get in a hurry for anything I saw. After 2 breakfasts and a lunch,
each lasting 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours, I had enjoyed all this place I could
stand. The Gate House has fantastic food and wine with a great view, but,
after 2 1/2 hours I was SOOOOO ready to leave this place. The Swinging
Doors is a great place. Eddie and Pat are two of the most wonderful people
you could ever hope to meet. Small corner saloon and restaurant with plenty
of friendly locals. In our book, the best entertainment, food and drink on
the Island. Tuesdays and Fridays are chicken and rib nights (umm, umm good)
and Sunday is Steak night (the old Island man can cook a ribeye now). Eddie
will give a colorful commentary most all evening long and Pat will tell you
how much of that you can edit. Fantastic place, great food, great service
and two people we will never forget. Eddie and Pat could give the other
places lessons is service (course Eddie would probably say that too).
Because of the Swinging Doors the restaurant rating gets a 9 on a scale of
Depending on what you are looking for, Saba is a great escape from our
hectic lifestyles. If you want a laid back place with lots of peace and
quite, pristine diving, friendly people and a place to relax, this is it.
If you are looking for nightlife, beaches, crowds, casinos, cruise ships
and shopping malls, then this place ain't for you. In our book, Saba rates
a 10 and we will be back.
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