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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's in

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Sue Taylor, ca, usa
Report Number 1556
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Our trip Jan/Feb 2005 was to St. Croix, St. Thomas and Saba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 140    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
A dive plan was given by the DM but not always followed.  We were
encouraged to dive by our computers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Although the boat did have a bucket to be used for cameras only, usually a
diver had to fill it with sea water.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Sea Saba was great to work with to organize the trip. Lynn gets top ratings
from us.  Juliana's was perfect for us. We had a great room/view (#7) and
would stay here again. The Tropics Cafe on the property is great.  Top
picks - pancakes and the fresh tuna steak sandwich.  We could walk into
town for dinner if we wanted to.  The Swinging Door was great for the BBQ
night but make a reservation -it's very popular.  Brigadoons is great and
Saba's Treasure has great salads and pizza. EcoLodge is also worth the
trek.  We never had a bad meal.  Friday night at the Tropics is movie night
which is fun. Our last day we hiked up to Mt. Scenery which is worth all
the effort!  Bring your camera and hope that it's clear when you finally
get up there (2900')!  Bring something warm for the evenings- at least in
January!  Don't miss the glass blowing shop and she also offers classes. 
Extremely friendly island.  You feel right at home.
On diving - everything is organized. Here's an example of our day - 8:45am
- Manny picked us up at our hotel and brings everyone to the dock. Boat is
scheduled to leave at 9:30 and for the most part does.   The crew did set
up our gear and we checked our nitrox levels and finished up the paperwork.
 Off to the first site which is maybe 30 minutes out.  Lots close by. 
First dive has a max. depth of 130' - 35 minutes.  Hammerheads were sited! 
Buoy line down to the pennicle.  Very easy dive but most of the DM's did
not point much out to us.  Getting into the boat was rough but we all made
it and off to the next site but with a 1 hr+ surface interval.  Bring
something to eat as nothing is provided.  2nd dive was max of 80' - maybe
45 minutes.  I can't remember what the DM said exactly but, we dive our
computers. OH, no head on the boat. So, you're not back to the hotel until
around 2PM and ready for lunch - see above notes on that great tuna steak
sandwich!  After a shower and a nice walk around town or relaxing by the
pool, it's time to figure out dinner and get ready to do it all over again
the next day. Notes, a dive group arrived the day after we got there and
only 1 of the 9 dive bags made it on the plane to Saba with them.  Don't
get too excited about this.  The airport is well aware of all the divers
needs and works very hard to get the bags asap. They are also known to send
a plane with just bags. This is just how small the island is - Garvin was a
few minutes late picking us up for our flight out - no problem, they just
called the airport to let them know we were on our way and they were
waiting to check us in.  Our bags didn't make it on our flight (WinAir)out
(due to wind) so they did not make our connection in St. Maarten.  If this
happens you must fill out a missing baggage form on St. Maarten.  They will
not automatically put them onto AA or whatever carrier you're connecting
to. With the form filled out, we had no problems and Sea Saba even followed
up for us to make sure our bags got off Saba! 
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