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Dive Review of SeaSaba/Juliana's, Orchid Cottage in

SeaSaba/Juliana's, Orchid Cottage, Apr, 2004,

by Steven Bissell, VA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 1029.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Juliana's very good, though staying in the cottage is the way to go. The restaurant served home cooked meals, good seafood, daily specials, small bar area, fresh water pool. Wim and Jordana young energetic owners, rooms cleaned daily. Pick up at 8.45 am, 20 minute drive on mountain roads to commercial dock. Because of relatively late start, if you did an afternoon dive you arrived back about 4 to 4.30 at Julianna's. No ATM on island, bring cash or traveler's checks. Some other good restaurants as well. Lynn at SeaSaba very professional and efficient. Pinnacles were cool, but time fairly short at 110 feet. Not much small fish life on pinnacle plateaus, but shark sitings fairly common. Eye of the Needle had the most to see. Diamond rock the best second dive, lots of anemones, eels, barracuda, turtles, tropicals, some current. The other dives on the southwest side of the island displayed brilliant sponge life, healthy coral, interesting crabs, frogfish, drum, lobsters, nurse sharks, morays, schools of fish, but not many octopus, no eagle rays. Night dive on nearby Ladder Reef had strong current one night, one inexperienced diver swam for 20 minutes to reach the anchor line. We made the line, and got some great photos by ducking behind the coral and rock formations. Wonderful clean island, peopled by working folks used to a challenging environment. All rain water is collected in cisterns. No beaches. Great hiking, tropical forest on the peak, views of Statia, St. Maartens and St Barts to the east. Shortest commercial airstrip in the world.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Turk, Three Caymans, Cozumel, St. Lucia, Provo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 ft max on nitrox 32
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments The boat had a tub for cameras, but no table.
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