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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's in

May, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Ezra Lunde, New York, USA
Report Number 477
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Yucatan, Bonaire, Tortola, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recommended that both air and EANx 32 divers not exceed 110-120' maximum
depth.  Strongly enforced Saba marine park rules - no touching, harassing,
collecting, 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
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Sea Saba is a premiere operator.  I made most of my arrangements with Lynn
Costenaro, one of the shop's proprietors, and she coordinated everything
beautifully.  This included 8 nights at Juliana's, PADI enriched air
course, 12 boat dives, transfers, dinner reservations, and even a day trip
to Sint Maarten.  I flew Continental from Newark to Sint Maarten SXM, then
took Winair across to Statia and finally Saba.  I arrived in Saba by late
afternoon with no hassles.  I was greeted at the airport, checked into my
room and doing classwork for the nitrox course within 45 minutes.  The next
morning on the boat I analyzed the oxygen contents of my tank,
"strapped it on" and dropped into the blue.  Now that's a tightly
run dive operation.  I found the diving in Saba ranges from average to
spectacular - the pinnacle dives being the highlight of every morning. 
"Third Encounter", in particular, provided huge yellowmouth and
nassau groupers, fleets of creole wrasse, blue chromis and black durgeon,
white-spotted filefish, big snapper and reef sharks.  This is not to
mention the diverse array of sponge and coral.  "Man o' War
Shoals" and "Diamond Rock," two of the shallower pinnacles,
were charged with the same life and electricity as the deeper sites.  Very
good diving, and the Nitrox made it even better.  Sea Saba definitely has
the best boats of the available operators, with plenty of cover from sun
and room to roam about.  Topside Saba is just as satisfying.  As there are
no beaches or super-resorts most tourists give it a wide berth, or just
don't know about it at all ... and that's just fine.  Restaurants are
generally good and night life is very mellow to non-existant.  First time
visitors should find accomodations in Windwardside because of its proximity
to everything:  food, film, cigarettes, bar, dive shop, bank, trailheads,
etc.  Besides it's a charming village with little red-roofed cottages and
windy paths (streets?).  The room at Juliana's was great, and nicer than it
looks on the website.  All in, Saba has definitely raised my standards. 
Beautiful island, nice locals, great diving.  Go!
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