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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Julianna's in
Saba

Sea Saba/Julianna's, Aug, 2006,

by Jeff Bloomer, IL, USA (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 3017.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational limits were given in the briefing. Many dives are over 100 ft. Computers are recommended and you can follow your own profiles. Nitrox is also recommended and offerd at a good price if you sign up for a weeks worth.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 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 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Limited space on the boat to deal with a camera. There is a dedicated bucket for cameras but if there were someone on the boat with a large housing there would not be any room. No table for anyone not shooting digital or if you needed to work on your gear.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is our second time to Saba in 2 years. That's a first for me as I like to see different sites and have never been back to the same place back to back but that speaks a lot about Saba. The island is the cleanest, nicest island I've been to. No big hotels and if you don't dive or hike there isn't much else to do. The island is more European then Caribbean in that its not over traveled by tourists, very eco friendly and diverse. There are many good places to eat so getting a good meal is not a problem. The team at Sea Saba do a great job in coordinating restaurant reservations and making arrangements for anything else you want to do. We dived with mainly 2 divemasters, Girsh, a Brit who now has a couple of houses on the island, and Giovanna, an Italian whos still as excited about diving as she must have been when she first learned to dive. The begining of our 10 days on the island started out overcast but somehow the weather always broke long enough for our dives. As the week went on conditions really improved. Sharks and turtles on almost every dive. So many turtles that I almost got ran down by one. I jokingly told the DM that the turtles kept getting in the way of my pictures of coral. The last day the water was very clear. While on our way to dive Green Island, which is usually so rough to dive that it had been 18 months since the last time, the boat was surrounded by a very large pod of dolphins. On our off time many of us hiked the trails including Mount Scenery which includes a cloud forest. Its a good 90 minute hike to get to the top but well worth the trip as the scenery on the way up and down is super. If your tired of the same diving experiance give Saba a shot. You'll feel more like an early diving explorer than a tourist.
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