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Saba Divers/Scout's Place: "Saba--Tops in the Caribbean", Nov, 2016,

by Michael Wood, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 9303 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Indonesia, Maldives, PNG, GBR, Philippines, Hawai'i
Closest Airport Saba Getting There Fly to St. Maarten; puddle jumper Twin Otter to Saba; hold on to your hat! Shortest runway in the world.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your computer
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Platform on deck. No rinse bucket. Carefully handled. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments It’s been 9 years since I first dove Saba, and it turns out to be considerably better than my foggy memory produced. Saba has top-notch Caribbean dive sites. Put it on your Caribbean bucket list.

First, getting there isn’t easy from the west coast. You have to make your way to St. Maarten somehow—my daughter and I took a red-eye from Seattle/Portland to Charlotte on American, then down the next morning non-stop to St. Maarten. We had a 3 hour layover, so we checked our bags in on WinAir, then took a cab to the beach at the take-off end of the runway and had a couple of drinks, looking out to the sea and seeing the crazy people on the beach take selfies as jets blasted sand and hot exhaust, pushing them into the water. Some people never learn. One guy we were told got killed when he couldn’t hold on to the fence and tumbled back and broke his neck when a 747 took off.

Then we took the local airline WinAir’s twin otter for the 15 minute flight to land on the world’s shortest runway—400 meters, carved out of a mountainside (Saba is a dormant volcano). It’s not for the feint of heart, but has a great safety record, I was told. The takeoff upon leaving is even more exciting: A big rev of the engines, lurch forward and taking off at the end of the runway, which just ends at a cliff, and catching the wind to bring the airplane up quickly.

For those with fear of flying small planes onto short runways, there are ferries every day from St. Maarten to Saba, but it takes a couple of hours and seas can be rough. Take a Bonine an hour before you ge ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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