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Dive Review of Sea Saba in

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Ledean Paden, IL, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bora Bora, Tahiti, Raiatea, Moorea, Papeete, Huahine, Utila, Roatan,
Bonaire, Hilio, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Oahu, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman,
Cayman Brac, xmas island
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
15ft safety stop, Min 500 lbs when exiting water, no decompression, Do not
exceed computer limits, stay with guides, hold onto mooring lines.  
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
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I took over 600 pictures and many were usable. I did use a strobe and we
had two cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We recently had a great trip to an Island definitely off the beaten path,
but well worth the shortest flight landing any human should have to endure.
I wont go into the landing or take off, because you can see actually movies
of it on the Internet. Shortest runway
in the world. 

A taxi picks you up at the airport and takes you to your room or in our
case a house. A mere 8 minute walk from the house, landed us smack dab in
the middle of Saba. Plenty of places to eat, or drink, and all wonderful.
We went directly to the Dive shop to check in before the next day of
diving. The shop itself was filled with all kinds of goodies that tempted
me beyond my limits. We were updated and informed on all the aspects of
diving with Sea Saba, and after filling out alittle paper work, we were
ready to dive. 
The taxi arrives at 8 am to pick you up, then heads off to pick up a few
more divers before heading to the dive shop to place your order for lunch
to be delivered to the boat if you are diving 3 dives, reservations for
dinner or any other help you might need before heading to the marina. About
a 10 minute drive(more if the goats are in the road) to the marina, and you
are dropped off at the boat. I have to say, its a beautiful drive, took
some of my best pictures from the van. 
We dove 3 dives a day for 7 days with nitrox and had planned on night dives
too, but the sand barge keep indicating it was going to arrive so the night
dives were called off. The boat did two dives in the am then went back into
the marina if it needed to pick up any one or drop off anyone. The lunches
that you order need to be picked up before the boat leaves the dock in the
am, so don't hesitate to remind the crew. They get alittle busy in the am
setting you up with tanks, nitrox analyzing, equipment checks, etc. 
At about 3:30 PM the van is waiting on the boat to take you to the dive
shop, again to see if you need anything, then of to your room or house. 
That's the encyclopedia version. 
Food and Hills:Everything is up hill, I don't think we ever walked down
hill, maybe it was always after dinner and drinks we went down hill, I
don't remember. Must have been those free home ade liqueur drinks at
Brigadoon! Trish relayed a few jokes to our group that I still share much
to my husbands horror. I do have to say, we have been fortunate to travel
all over the world, and try to do 4-6 dive trips a year out of the USA and
I ate the 6 best dinners of my life in Saba. I will list the spots,
Brigadoon,(3 times), Eden, Rainforest restaurant and Scouts place. 
Diving and Sea Saba: You can contact Sea Saba on the Internet and they will
arrange everything for you. We arranged our own airfare because I have
gotten pretty good at it and enjoy the hunt. and Winair. Sea
Saba can arrange a room or house with a dive package included, I would
suggest just paying for two dives a day instead of three incase you have
issues. We prepaid for 3 dives a day and house, as well as food in fridge.
Even if we get sick, we dive, but others were not so fortunate. So, do what
is best for you. My only negative response. On to the diving, started
alittle slow but improved on day two. I think the first day they size you
up and then place you accordingly. We meet a bunch of wonderful people that
made the trip very enjoyable and fun. I am afraid we end up costing them a
lot of money, we talked them all into the third dive every day, sorry. 
Overall, I would say the diving was at the top of my best ever list. And, I
have never said this before, but I would like to go back again next year. I
like the idea of never repeating a resort or Island but this may be the
exception to the rule. 
Current: oh yeah!! But fun and do able. Definitely a heart beating
experience a few times. First time I ever seen my air bubbles go side ways
as I hung on to the mooring line for dear life. Oh, I forgot to mention I
had to hold my mask on so it would not be swept away by the current. It was
the best day ever!!! Don't worry, this was only on two days and if this was
not your cup of tea, the other boat did their diving in a calmer area.
Something for everyone. 
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