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Dive Review of Sea Saba in
Saba

Sea Saba, Sep, 2009,

by marie rose, pa, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5193.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, California, Mexico, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay more or less with the instructor, no limits on bottom time other than computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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