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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Julianna's in

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Bloomer, IL, USA
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Report Number 3017
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Throughout the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
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
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