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Dive Review of Sea Saba in

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Ellen Moran, NH, USA
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Report Number 5222
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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

windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Normal for no decon dives, safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We booked our trip through Beth Jansen at 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
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