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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's Hotel in

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Jonathan Lavan, IL, US (1 report)
Report Number 5996
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Hawaii, Red Sea, Martinique, Mediterranean (France), Utila, Turks
& Caicos, Mexico (Caribbean & West Coast), Dominica, Florida,
California, Maine & Massachusetts
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, air usage, protected area  
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
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Saba, in general, is a bit "rough and tumble" which is exactly
what makes it so appealing. I would rather be responsible for myself and my
own camera gear then having to put up with loud, sunburned tourists.
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 $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
I flew US Air through Philly to St. Maarten. You then take a puddle jumper
on WinAir (which Us Air has a relationship with) to Saba. My travel agent
managed to get me a 1st class ticket for the US Air portion. The round trip
ticket was a little under $1000 but it was well worth it. Not only do you
get all the usual amenities: 1st class cabin, no charge and unlimited
weight for luggage, fast line through security but my luggage was checked
all the way through to Saba. Once in St. Maarten all I had to do was get my
WinAir ticket reprinted as an actual hard paper ticket and go through
security again. Other travelers had to claim their checked luggage and
recheck it and jump through a bunch of other hoops while trying to make
their connections under a time restraint.
We stayed at Juliana's Hotel which has a relationship with Sea Saba. In
fact pretty much every businnes on Saba has a relationship with every other
business. The island is approximately 5 square miles and largely
uninhabited so it really is a small town. Everyone is very friendly
especially at Sea Saba and Julianna's. Lynn who runs Sea Saba is the back
bone of the organization and the reason that everyone and everything stays
interconnected. Someone from the shop will check in with you everyday on
your way down to the dock (an intense 15 minute ride down the twisting and
turning roads that are etched into the volcano)to make sure that you have
set your dinner plans or to make you a reservation as restaurants fill up
quickly. The diving is great. The boat is your standard well-equipt day
boat. Once your gear is on board you never touch it again. The crew is
great, fun, friendly, interested in what you are doing and courteous. The
dive sites around the island have been a marine park since 1987 so there is
no shortage of sharks and large groupers which are mostly fish out on other
Caribbean islands. We saw turtles and lobsters on almost every dive. The
pinnacle and wall diving is some of the best in the Caribbean. We were
counting fish for REEF and catalogued a total of 153 different species.
Don't miss Diamond Rock, Tent Wall, Ladder Labyrinth and Big Rock (don't
miss the Punk Blennies). Once your cleared to fly don't miss the hike up to
the top of the volcano (Mt. Scenery). Go at midday when the clouds burn off
for a spectacular view of the entire island. A place a true eco-adventurer
needs to see- add it to your bucket list now!
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