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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Iris House in

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Frayn, FL, USA
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Report Number 5195
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Roatan, Utila, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Curacao,
North Carolina wrecks
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within recreational limits and dive computer restrictions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Getting there requires a short but pricey flight from St. Martin and a
landing on a very short runway on Saba. The island is basically a mountain
with a road carved around the edge. No rental cars are available so you
take cabs (which are minivans) everywhere you go. I guess they don't want
any tourists driving a car off the edge of a cliff. Lynn at Sea Saba was
great. She handled everything for us while we were there. We got picked up
at our house every morning and would stop at the dive shop on the way to
the harbor. She would ask us where we wanted to eat that night and make
reservations for us. On our departure date she arranged for us to spend our
downtime between flights in St. Martin at a beach hotel instead of sitting
in the airport. We stayed in Iris House, just down the road from the dive
shop. It was an old 2 bedroom house with a small private pool and two
porches with fantastic views. The house was well equipped and all we needed
to do was stop at the grocery store for a few supplies. The dive operation
has two 36 foot Newton (or Newton-like) boats. The longest ride we had to a
dive site was about 10 minutes. The coral was very healthy, probably
attributed to the fact that they made Saba a marine park just about the
same time the first diver hit the water. Visibility was very good. The
pinnacles were the best diving but the current had to cooperate in order to
dive those. Overall I thought Saba diving was the best I have experienced
in the Caribbean. If you decide to go I would recommend contacting Beth at
Dive Saba Travel and let her make the arrangements.
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