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Dive Review of Sea Saba in

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Sherman, ID, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4723
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Bonaire, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Cozumel, Dominica, Roatan,
Bahamas, Grand Turk, Belize, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]depth limit  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
[None]Fresh water is in short supply. There was only a sea water bucket for
cameras on the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
[None]Saba is a small beautiful island with mountains rising up from the
ocean. The people are friendly and helpful. I stayed at Juliannas. It is a
nice clean place and well maintained. The Tropics resturant is across the
street and they provided breakfast every morning. Sea Saba is a 1st class
dive operation. They would have a cab pick us up every morning at 8:45 and
take us first to the dive shop. There they would ask us if we wanted them
to make reservations for dinner and if we needed a cab for dinner. All you
had to do if you needed something was ask and they would take care of it.
They had stocked the refrigerator in our room with drinks for us so we had
something when we arrived. They really care about their customers.

We would go out and first do a deep dive and then spend the surface
interval on the boat close to shore in calm water. Then we would do a
shallower dive close to shore. Visiblility was not very good while I was
there. The close in coral had a lot of sand on it. It looked like a
hurricane had covered it. I asked several of the divemasters about it and
they said the currents caused it and the currents would change in a couple
of weeks and clean the corals. We had very little current while I was
there, but they all said the same thing. 

The pinnacle diving was about 110 to 90 feet so the bottom time was short
and light limited. They would really be great dives if they were about 50
feet. There was a lot of fish and some big fish on most of them. The
shallow dives close to shore had smaller fish. 

 We saw several nurse sharks and a couple of reef sharks in the blue. We
saw some nice size jacks and barracuda. There were some really friendly
turtles that would come right up to you. There was also the usual
assortment of reef fish and some eels.

I asked about a 3rd dive or night dive and they offered to take me out,
even if I was the only one. I never did go out on a 3rd dive, but there
were new people going out several times in the afternoon after we got back
in. I decided to do some hiking around the island in the afternoon instead.
There are steep trails that go up the mountains. In fact, everything is
steep in Saba. 

The only water on the island is from rain that they capture so they are
pretty careful with it. Sea Saba took care of our equipment for us, but it
was only hosed off rather than a big rinse tank. I showered with my camera
to wash it off. That is about the only complaint I have. Saba is a great
vacation destination and the diving is typical good Caribbean diving. The
people are the most helpful and friendly I have met.  
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