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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Shell Cottage in

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Deirdre Boyle & Cynthia Flynn, DE, US (1 report)
Report Number 5405
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Kona, Wider Caribbean, Thialand and Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Decent and Assent along anchor line was encouraged during pinnacle dives. 
No decompression depth limits. Individual computer profiles.     
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
I flooded my point and shoot on the first dive.  Only one rinse bucket for
cameras on boat and we had no fresh water in ours. (broken hose).  No
camera table. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
We ran into winter winds in Saba.  The Win Air flights were cancelled for 3
days due to cross winds and rain.  Win Air doesn't tell us that the flight
is cancelled until after the pm ferry had departed.  We overnighted in St.
Martin and then took the high speed Edge ferry the next morning. 
Relatively smooth ride for the conditions. For most of the week divers were
worried about return trips.  The slower Dawn II ferry broke down late in
the week but fights resumed.

The days start with van pick up near your cottage or hotel.  Our cottage
was near Juliana's.  6 to 8 divers staying in nearby cottages file into the
van for an interesting ride to the Bottom and Fort Bay.  Van drivers are
great local guys and really know the road since the locals built it. 
Getting on and off the dive boats at the dock is a challege.  I have a bad
knee and it was a big lateral step down but crew was helpful and it worked.
 But this is not easy for handicapped divers.  We did 3 dives a day.  Need
to bring your own lunch and snacks and towels.  Water and lemonade provide
on board.

Diving was good for Winward Caribbean.  Due to winds we had to start the
week on mostly winwardside and tent bay dives and repeated dive sites more
than usual.  Turtles on most dives, occasional southern sting rays. 
Cowfish and Angle fish prominent.  Octopus during the day multiple times at
Hole in the Corner.  Once we got to the pinnacles it was worth it. 
Descending down the line while the 3 5ft Caribbean reef sharks checked us
out at shark shoals was a thrill. Also saw 2 reef sharks at outer limits
and nurse and reef sharks at twilight zone.  Green, white mouth and gold
spotted morays at several sites.  Dive masters all very professional with
various styles.  Marcus and Ellie pointed out the fish and critters and
Steve was a huge help in assisting divers on and off the boat safely.  

Very quite island.  Sea Saba will stock your cabin prior to arrival with no
extra deliver cost.  Small container ship brings fresh supplies on Wed. 
Most restaurants only open a few nights a week and rotate and have limited
menus.  Always bring a flash light at night.  Staying on the windward side
you can walk to most resturants but it was worth a cab ride for Eco-Lodge
Indonesian night and Sherwater's Italian resturant.  Burgers are great at

If you like to hike during your surface intervals this is the trip for you.
 The only road on the island was built in the 1930's so trail with uneven
steps run up and down the island.  
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