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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Queen's Gardens and Shearwater in

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by NICK , IL, US (1 report)
Report Number 6018
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Fiji, Turks and Caicos, Little Cayman Island, Grand Cayman, The
Brac, Curacao, Bonaire, Tobago, Belize, USVI, BVI, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet on Nitrox  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Our group has been diving for 25 years and we have been all over the
Caribbean to different resorts and gone as far as Palau and Fiji.  We were
not aware of this jewel of an island and scuba experience.  We worked with
Beth from Dive Saba Travel and she was great getting us all set up with Sea
Saba, Queens Gardens and Shearwater Resort.  My wife and I went a couple of
days earlier and stayed at the Queens Gardens Resort.  It was wonderful.
The service was great, the food was very good and the staff could not do
enough for us. And of course the view from our room in the hot tub was
breath taking.    

The flight in on Winair was an experience.  It was like landing and taking
off on an aircraft carrier!!  Kind of takes your breath away.  We were meet
by Garvis our cab driver for the week.  We went straight to the dive shop
upon arriving and met Lynn who should be Mayor of the island.  She is so
organized and made sure we were taken care of everyday. After the rest of
the group came in Lynn and John met us at Shearwater where we stayed the
rest of the week.  They took our gear and we never had to do anything after
that.  What a delight. 

Shearwater was a lovely resort with unbelievable views.  Our room was 90
steps from the pool to our door.  A bit of a challenge at times but the
rooms were very nice.  When Beth said that there were stairs we thought
that was OK since we were in shape--so we thought!!  

We did a dine around in the town and it was really nice and great food. 
Makes it easy with a group so we did not have to decide where to go to eat
each nite.  We usually walked to town, but most of us took a cab back.  The
driveway to Shearwater is just straight up!! And you needed a flash light
at nite on the road.

Diving was really good.  Nick and Lisa,our dive masters, were with us all
week and they were great. They were lots of fun, but very professional too.
We love to dive and they made each dive very exciting and interesting. We
did some Pinnacles, saw a variety of fish, large and small. The coral
formations were outstanding and pretty much untouched. We were able to feel
the hot sand from the volcano which was a first for us. The dive boat was
very nice and the service was great.  We were truly taken care of by the
dive masters.

We plan a return trip very soon.  Between Beth on the front end and Lynn on
the island, you can not go wrong with planning your trip.  They will make
sure you are well taken care of and each day before and after the dive you
check in with Lynn. That way if there were question or problems she address
them then and there.  

If you have not been to the Island of Saba you should do it.  It is
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