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Dive Review of Sea Saba in

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by marie rose, pa, USA
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Report Number 5193
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, California, Mexico, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay more or less with the instructor, no limits on bottom time other than
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Fresh water available on board - larger tubs available for larger gear. 
Don't know about shore availability of fancy UW camera equipment.  We
rented a small point and shoot underwater - worked great and got some good
pix - very inexpensive.  Ask them!
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Really - it was ALL GOOD.  Our luggage didn't arrive - a delay in Charlotte
causing USAIR to miss our luggage connection.  But no problem for Sea Saba
- our rentals would be FREE until we got our stuff AND their well stocked
(seriously) shop allowed me to get some emergency clothing at a reasonable
price.  Very well run and organized. We stayed at Juliannas - a great deal
- super clean modest rooms with breakfast, free internet and an honor bar
(!!) - 2 minute walk to the dive shop.  Every day a taxi came and picked us
up, stopped at the dive shop for any incidentals and daily updates then off
to the dock (The island is a volcano so the hotel and dive shop are located
a couple of miles away on the hillside).  Oh - and EVERY day they asked
where you'd like to go to dinner that night because they wanted to make
reservations for you.  Their "pre dinner" description was as
thorough as their "pre dive" plan (although without a white board
- haha).  The boat was always ready with all of your gear.  They tried
different sites every day always aware of current.  We did some fun dives -
Shark Shoals, Man O War and Tent (this was an incredible location). Very
nice sponges, lots of little stuff, and occasionally they see mantas and
spotted eagle rays.  We did see sharks and lots of turtles as well as my
new favorite tiny fish - the arrow blenny.  Slow breather?  On Nitrox?  NO
PROBLEM - we'll stay down as long as you have air and the computers say
it's OK. Our dives were all at least an hour.  PLUS the water is warm all
the way through the water column due to continued geothermal activity. 
VERY professional and accomodating to all levels of divers.  Meanwhile -
the island - hiking out the wazoo (can you print that?), SUPER SAFE - we
never once locked our room (you can walk around late at night with no
issues), decently stocked grocery store and the restaurants are very good -
albeit not what you would call typical Caribbean food - but all delicious
and generally in the $15- $20 pp range for dinner.  You can get there in
one day from east coast US and could even plan on several days in Sint
Maarten if you wanted some gorgeous beaches and shopping. All in all - a
VERY good trip at a better price than many dive locations - and the service
was outstanding. 
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