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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Julianna's in

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Barrett, NM, US
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Report Number 6121
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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

windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
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
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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