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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's in

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jeffrey R. Johnson, AR, USA
Report Number 573
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Palau, Fiji,Roatan,Belize,Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
  Saba is one of the most unique places that my wife and I have been.  Saba
is basically a mountain (dormant volcano)rising from the ocean.  If you fly
in, get on the right hand side of the plane for an exciting landing on the
world's shortest commercial runway.  The island is very Dutch, everything
neat, clean, and safe.  It boggles my mind that anyone bothered to settle
this island as it has no beaches, has no flat land for agriculture, and had
to be a struggle (no roads, only steps going up the hills, until 1948). 
Yet we fell in love with it - wonderful friendly people, beautiful vistas,
and great diving.
  You do a lot of diving on lava formations and pinnacles rising from the
ocean floor.  Many of the pinnacles are 80' or greater under the surface so
this isn't a place for those that don't like depth.  We saw many fish
species, a few sharks and eels, lots of turtles, lobsters, and sting rays,
pretty good selection of macro stuff.  Heard a whale in the distance. 
Pinnacles were very interesting.  Diamond Rock, Twilight Zone, and Tent
Reef Deep were great sites, particularly the former.
  We dove with Sea Saba and were very happy with their operation.  They're
well organized.  Divemasters give you some flexibility but keep you safe. 
Loved Dai, quite a Welsh character. Bit of a drive to the marina but that
also is an experience.
  We stayed at Juliana's in the Orchid Cottage, fantastic spot.  I could
live there.  Juliana's owners are great and go out of their way to help
make your stay enjoyable.  The cottage had a kitchen, we asked if they had
a grill so they went and bought one.  And when our son sent an email saying
he got engaged, they called the dive boat.  I'll always remember Dai saying
"Frank popped the question and she said yes!" - and my wife then
crying for joy.  
  Had great meals at Gate House, EcoLodge, Willards - can be pricey but
plenty of other reasonable and good places.  Willards (same family as
Willards in D.C.) is a special experience, but $$$$
  We'll go back!  
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