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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Julianna's in
Saba

Sea Saba/Julianna's, Jun, 2011,

by Paul Barrett, NM, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6121.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Turks and Caicos, Bonair, Cozumel, Hawaii, Truk, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divemasters discussed each dive before hand. Restrictions varied by site but generally we were told to stay within NDL, do a safety stop and return on board with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I set up the trip for 16 friends. Sea Saba was great to work with on the scheduling and itinerary and found Julianna's for us. Overall they were extremely safety conscious and aborted a night dive due to strong currents after we moored and were in the water. That is something that was absolutely the right thing to do but in my experience, many operators would not have done.

The only disagreement we had is the dive group was a mix of inexperienced newbies and some very experienced (2000+ dives) divers. Those with more experience felt the divemasters were a little heavy handed requiring them to pull off of safety stops so that they would board the boat with 500 psi. However I think much of that may have been because they knew there were rookies diving and thus were particularly cautious. It is difficult to meet the needs of 16 diverse divers and by the end of the week the more experienced were given a freer hand.

As with much of the Caribbean, the corals are stressed, but the fish were abundant. Divemasters were very good in locating and identifying fish and other critters.


If I return to Saba I will book with Sea Saba again.
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