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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's in
Saba

Sea Saba/Juliana's, Jun, 2007,

by Vicki L. Smith, TX, United States ( 1 report). Report 3386.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fresh water in several Texas lakes, twice in Cozumel, Roatan, Honduras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We were given warnings about the depth limits for Nitrox, not harassing the wild life, or touching coral etc.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments They had a bucket of water on boats for cameras, but no table. A lot of micro and beautiful corals to take pictures of but very little macro.

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 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Juliana's was great in every way. The rooms were all nice especially the cottages and suites. We didn't have AC but it was cool at night at that altitude and always a breeze blowing. We slept with windows and doors open..and virtually no bugs. I would suggest an upper level room, they get the best breezes and views. If you get a lower level room you may want to get one with AC. The food was great there also.
Sea Saba was a very good dive operation. They picked us up each morning at the hotel for a ride down to the boats. The boats were large and roomy with good dive platforms. We had two morning dives each day in our package with one afternoon dive. They were more than willing to do other afternoon dives and night dives for an extra charge. The water was very choppy most of the time and the current was bad on some dives. I would not recommend Saba for beginners. The dive masters were excellent, giving good predive briefs and letting us dive our own profile or stay with them. We did have a problem with one DM, Tom, he was not very helpful, didn't show us anything on the dives,and lead us on a crazy night dive that left nine of us lost and far from the boat. It took the boat 20 minutes to pick us up in very rough water. The current was too strong to swim for the boat. Then he joked about it and tried to make it out to be our fault. We had very experienced divers in our group, DM's and instructors, and we were all very upset with him. One the same night dive going down the mooring line at the 20' mark I discovered that my tank was not secured and about to slip off. My dive buddy was there to fix it for me. Overall it was a good dive operation and all the other staff members were terrific. Some of the highlights were two large seahorses, some nice turtles, stingray, baracuda, black tip and nurse sharks. Several members of our group were stung by jelly fish, but nothing major.
The town of Windwardside was quaint and beautiful. The whole island was laid back and very friendly. Just be prepared for the walks. The roads are either straight up or straight down. There were several good restaurants and two well stocked grocery stores. There was not a lot of shopping but enough for a few t-shirts and some unique gifts. Saba is famous for their handmade lace and we bought several nice pieces. Jo Bean's glass shop makes glass jewelry and other items. You can take a really fun class with Jo and make your own beads. I had a massage at the Saba Day Spa that was one of the best I've ever had in my life. The Swingin' Door was a great hang out, cheap drinks and good food. We saw a slide show about the rain forest and had a gread dinner at Brigadoon's. Saba is a unique and beautiful place to visit with good diving for experienced divers. I have to admit Cozumel is still my favorite.
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