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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Cottage Club in

Sea Saba/Cottage Club, Aug, 2004,

by Richard W. Zuckerman, IL, USA . Report 1329.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was one of the finest dive trips I have been on in 10 years. Most of the people I had talked to had done the day trips from St. Maarten and not stayed on the Island. I worked through Beth Jensen at Dive Saba Travel. She was a find. I booked my own air since we were coming from Bonaire but she took care of the St. Maarten-Saba leg. She made all of the arrangements with Cottage Club including getting us the cottage we wanted. She also arranged for our provisions for the cottage.
The cottage was beautiful with an incredible view. Fixed some of our own meals and also ate at a number of eating establishments. Gate House, Eco-lodge, Brigadoon were particularly outstanding. Scout's and Tropics were great lunch places.

Sea Saba is an very well run operation. Two beautiful boats with plenty of room for gear. Never more that 8 divers. Morning dives at 9:00 and optional afternoon dive at 1:30. Night dives were arranged. Did one night dive with just 4 divers. All dive sites are 10 to 15 minutes from dock unless you were lucky (like we were on our last day) and able to dive the windward side of the island. Crews know where each diver has been in order to make sure divers don't go to same sites. Dive briefings are concise and right on point. Almost everyone dove Nitrox32 so divers dove similar profiles. Pinnacles are what Saba is know for and they are magnificent. There are also spur/groove reefs and Cayman-like walls. All of the coral was in excellent shape and sealife was abundant. Southern and Eagle rays, turtles, nurse and reef sharks were seen during our five days of diving. Steve and Lita were a great dive crew.

I would return to Saba in a minute if I was asked to go. The above ground activities of hiking, bird watching and shopping were also fun, but we were there for the diving. Saba is still one of the most pristine spots in the Carribean and I hope it stays that way.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Belize Costa Rica, Honduras, Cozumel, Dominica, Bahamas, California, North Carolina, Florida, Cuba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130' limit or Nitrox limits if diving Nitrox. Time limits if diving on tables.
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 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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