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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's in
Saba

Sea Saba/Juliana's, Dec, 2004,

by Sue Taylor, ca, usa . Report 1556.

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

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 0 to 140 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions A dive plan was given by the DM but not always followed. We were encouraged to dive by our computers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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