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

Sea Saba/Queen's Gardens: "Wonderful Treatment", May, 2018,

by Andrew Bernat, VA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 10259 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We signed up with Sea Saba and Queen’s Gardens for our fifth dive trip to Saba. And that’s when things went weird. We paid the package cost. And then the trip was postponed four times (two for medical and two for hurricanes). To be clear Sea Saba and Queen’s Gardens were well within their rights to cancel our package and retain the payments. Their policies are clear and none of the postponements were their fault or responsibility.

But Lynn at Sea Saba instead checked with Queen’s Gardens and allowed us to postpone the trip. Not once but four times total. Each time we proposed a hoped-for date, she checked on availability and gave us the okay.

So a great big shout out to Sea Saba and Queen’s Gardens for going way beyond on our behalf.

We did finally make it to Saba and had two wonderful dives on The Needle and on Man O’War Shoals. Best visibility of any of our trips. Watched a Queen Triggerfish building a nest.

And then the wind came up and the seas got rough. Due to the aforementioned medical issues, we decided not to dive in rough seas. Unfortunately the wind continued through the rest of our time on Saba. Again not Sea Saba’s fault or responsibility. But they gave us vouchers for four days of diving which we can use on a return trip anyway.

So another great big shout out to Sea Saba.

Instead of diving we went hiking, which we had always wanted to do but had only ever made the Mt. Scenery climb. The various trails are wonderful and highly recommended. Twice we took a taxi to Hells Gate and hiked back to Queen’s Gardens. Long and loads of up and down through the rain forest. But beautiful and well worth it.

Queen’s Gardens shows the impact of the hurricanes with a number of minor repair and maintenance issues. But the food is wonderful and the staff always looking to say yes to requests.
Websites Sea Saba   Queen's Gardens

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef, Bora Bora, Lembeh, Caribbean, Bali, Wakatobi
Closest Airport Saba Getting There St. Maarten's airport is currently big tents.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 81-°F / 27-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-140 Ft/ 30-43 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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]
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