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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Cottage Club in

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Marc, CA, United States
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Report Number 2264
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All California, Mexico, Hawaii, St Maarten, Cozumel, Honduras, Bonaire...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come back with 500psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 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  
Bucket on boat was filled with salt water. It would be nice to have fresh
water on board. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
After a week in St Maarten and poor diving, it was time to visit Saba and
kick this dive vacation in to gear. Now, rather than writing a novel here,
I would just review the reader reports in the 2006 Chapbook (came in the
mail today) and add my comments to the mix. First, Saba was small, 5 square
miles of volcano. That means one thing, if you are weary of heights like me
(understatement) this island will be a challenge (Challenge #1) to you.
Dont let that stop you; just dont look as they drive you up and down the
mountain. You can get there by boat (The Edge) or plane (WinAir via St
Maarten). If you do the plane as we did, know that you are landing on the
smallest commercial runway in the world (#2). We stayed at the Cottage
Club. We had our own little cottage that was simple, but had everything.
You could whip up a great meal, or go out to one of the restaurants in town
(go to Brigadoons). Ask for cottage 1 or 2. They have the best view since
they are on the cliff (#3). There are three dive companys to choose from,
but from our research, we chose what we felt was the best, Sea Saba. They
have a great operation given the fact they are on such a small island (1500
residents). They have two good boats and dont take over ten divers on
each. The boat had a head and covered area. Saba boasts great pinnacle
diving and some of the best coral reefs in the Caribbean, and they were
right. The reefs were comparable to Cozumel and the fish life was good.
Because we were there during a stormy period, the fish life was only good
and not great, but Im told that changes. In fact, the owner, Lynn, emailed
me today and told me that the water was calm and the Eagle Rays had
returned (damn).  One of the highlights for me was seeing Elk Horn Coral
thriving on the reef. This type of coral is spectacular to see and I have
not had the pleasure of seeing it in the ocean before. Saba was a keeper
for me because it offered so many different types of dives. I liked the
variety and wanted more. Unfortunately, we were only there for a few days
of diving and hiking. And on that note, make sure you schedule time to
hike. There are spectacular views and you can choose the level of
difficulty. Make sure you take a day off diving (do to deco problems) and
do the Mt Scenery hike. This put every other hike we have done to rest.
There is no real way to explain it, so just go and do it. Oh, and get to
the gym ahead of time. 
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