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Dive Review of Saba Deep/Queen's Gardens in

Saba Deep/Queen's Gardens, Dec, 2013,

by Stephen R Moore, ON, CA ( 2 reports). Report 7509.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Cherie and Tony run a very good operation. We have been diving with Saba Deep since before they owned it. They are very easy going and accomodating. Big Mike is an excellent guide and swims quite slowly so that photograhers never feel rushed. The dive briefings are good. The boat can be exited via giant stride or back roll. The ladder is easy to climb to get out of the water.

The first dive is usually a deep (110-125 feet) pinnacle dive and you often see sharks and large turtles. The corals are in good shape and some of these dives (Third Encounter) are spectatcular.

The second and third dives are in shallower water and usually there are good corals, hot sand and a lot of interesting things to see. You will often see southern sting rays, occasionally frogfish and seahorses plus lots of turtles, tarpon, large jacks and the usual variety of tropicals. There are also a lot of eels and smaller stuff.

Saba is a great island to dive on and Queen's Garden is a fabulous hotel. Great meals, nice pool, very friendly staff and a great view of the mountain and the ocean. Many of the rooms have very large hot tubs.

We have been going here since 2006 and dive with Saba Deep every Christmas. We plan to go back next year.
Websites Saba Deep   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Cozumel, Curacoa, DR, Hawaii, Maui, Venezuela, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions You were expected to be back on the boat with a minimum of 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments There is a dedicated rinse bucket on the boat which can hold several compact and micro 4/3 rigs but it would difficult to get full size rigs into the bucket. There is no rinse tank on shore. Since you come into shore after each dive you can change batteries, lenses and memory cards easily in the restaurant.
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