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Dive Review of Sea Saba in
Saba

Sea Saba, May, 2009,

by Ellen Moran, NH, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5222.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonair, Grand Cayman, Dominica, Saba, Mexico, Panama, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Normal for no decon dives, safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We booked our trip through Beth Jansen at www.divesaba.com. Beth arranged air, transportation, dives and rental cottage. Saba has many lovely rental cottages with spectacular views. We chose the "Flamingo" cottage outside of Windwardside in a neighborhood called Booby Hill. The Flamingo was a short walk into town albeit very steep walk in and out of town.
The highlights of Saba are its beauty, friendly people, very little crime, outstanding hiking, terrific resteraunts and un commercialized atmosphere. If you want Star Bucks and night clubs you are on the wrong island.
As for diving we had a bit of bad luck from Mother Nature. There was a huge algea bloom going on so visibility was restricted from 20 to 50 feet. We dove with Sea Saba owned by Lynn and John, they run a top notch operation with attentive staff. Once well away from the commercial harbor the under water world is healty and rich. Variety of fish is abundent, soft corals are numerous and in good shape. Most of our dives were on spur and groove formations with a few boulder fields. On the very last day of our trip the winds calmed enough so we could dive the Pinnacles, this is by far the most intersting and best dive sites, highly recommended.
Top side Saba has some terrific hiking through a variety of terrain and forests, no worries about getting back to your hotel or cottage after hiking, just find one of the many friendly taxi drivers to take you home.
As for food each dining experience was a treat. The resteraunts are small and intimate, do not be surprised if the owner or chef comes to sit at your table and chat for awhile.
At the beginning of each dive day, Lynn would list off the dinner options, make recomendations and book reservations.
Terrific diving, great people, spectacular food...Saba is the un spoiled queen!
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