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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Cottage Club in

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Richard W. Zuckerman, IL, USA
Report Number 1329
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Belize Costa Rica, Honduras, Cozumel, Dominica,
Bahamas, California, North Carolina, Florida, Cuba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130' limit or Nitrox limits if diving Nitrox. Time limits if diving on
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was one of the finest dive trips I have been on in 10 years. Most of
the people I had talked to had done the day trips from St. Maarten and not
stayed on the Island. I worked through Beth Jensen at Dive Saba Travel. She
was a find. I booked my own air since we were coming from Bonaire but she
took care of the St. Maarten-Saba leg. She made all of the arrangements
with Cottage Club including getting us the cottage we wanted. She also
arranged for our provisions for the cottage.
The cottage was beautiful with an incredible view. Fixed some of our own
meals and also ate at a number of eating establishments. Gate House,
Eco-lodge, Brigadoon were particularly outstanding. Scout's and Tropics
were great lunch places.

Sea Saba is an very well run operation. Two beautiful boats with plenty of
room for gear. Never more that 8 divers. Morning dives at 9:00 and optional
afternoon dive at 1:30. Night dives were arranged. Did one night dive with
just 4 divers. All dive sites are 10 to 15 minutes from dock unless you
were lucky (like we were on our last day) and able to dive the windward
side of the island. Crews know where each diver has been in order to make
sure divers don't go to same sites. Dive briefings are concise and right on
point. Almost everyone dove Nitrox32 so divers dove similar profiles.
Pinnacles are what Saba is know for and they are magnificent. There are
also spur/groove reefs and Cayman-like walls. All of the coral was in
excellent shape and sealife was abundant. Southern and Eagle rays, turtles,
nurse and reef sharks were seen during our five days of diving. Steve and
Lita were a great dive crew. 

I would return to Saba in a minute if I was asked to go. The above ground
activities of hiking, bird watching and shopping were also fun, but we were
there for the diving. Saba is still one of the most pristine spots in the
Carribean and I hope it stays that way.
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