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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's in

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Vicki L. Smith, TX, United States (1 report)
Report Number 3386
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fresh water in several Texas lakes, twice in Cozumel, Roatan, Honduras
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were given warnings about the depth limits for Nitrox, not harassing the
wild life, or touching coral etc.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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  
They had a bucket of water on boats for cameras, but no table. A lot of
micro and beautiful corals to take pictures of but very little macro. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
Juliana's was great in every way. The rooms were all nice especially the
cottages and suites. We didn't have AC but it was cool at night at that
altitude and always a breeze blowing. We slept with windows and doors
open..and virtually no bugs. I would suggest an upper level room, they get
the best breezes and views. If you get a lower level room you may want to
get one with AC. The food was great there also. 
Sea Saba was a very good dive operation. They picked us up each morning at
the hotel for a ride down to the boats. The boats were large and roomy with
good dive platforms. We had two morning dives each day in our package with
one afternoon dive. They were more than willing to do other afternoon dives
and night dives for an extra charge. The water was very choppy most of the
time and the current was bad on some dives. I would not recommend Saba for
beginners. The dive masters were excellent, giving good predive briefs and
letting us dive our own profile or stay with them. We did have a problem
with one DM, Tom, he was not very helpful, didn't show us anything on the
dives,and lead us on a crazy night dive that left nine of us lost and far
from the boat. It took the boat 20 minutes to pick us up in very rough
water. The current was too strong to swim for the boat. Then he joked about
it and tried to make it out to be our fault. We had very experienced divers
in our group, DM's and instructors, and we were all very upset with him.
One the same night dive going down the mooring line at the 20' mark I
discovered that my tank was not secured and about to slip off. My dive
buddy was there to fix it for me. Overall it was a good dive operation and
all the other staff members were terrific. Some of the highlights were two
large seahorses, some nice turtles, stingray, baracuda, black tip and nurse
sharks. Several members of our group were stung by jelly fish, but nothing
The town of Windwardside was quaint and beautiful. The whole island was
laid back and very friendly. Just be prepared for the walks. The roads are
either straight up or straight down. There were several good restaurants
and two well stocked grocery stores. There was not a lot of shopping but
enough for a few t-shirts and some unique gifts. Saba is famous for their
handmade lace and we bought several nice pieces. Jo Bean's glass shop makes
glass jewelry and other items. You can take a really fun class with Jo and
make your own beads. I had a massage at the Saba Day Spa that was one of
the best I've ever had in my life. The Swingin' Door was a great hang out,
cheap drinks and good food. We saw a slide show about the rain forest and
had a gread dinner at Brigadoon's. Saba is a unique and beautiful place to
visit with good diving for experienced divers. I have to admit Cozumel is
still my favorite.
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