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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's in

Sea Saba/Juliana's, Feb, 2003,

by Jeffrey R. Johnson, AR, USA . Report 573.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Saba is one of the most unique places that my wife and I have been. Saba is basically a mountain (dormant volcano)rising from the ocean. If you fly in, get on the right hand side of the plane for an exciting landing on the world's shortest commercial runway. The island is very Dutch, everything neat, clean, and safe. It boggles my mind that anyone bothered to settle this island as it has no beaches, has no flat land for agriculture, and had to be a struggle (no roads, only steps going up the hills, until 1948). Yet we fell in love with it - wonderful friendly people, beautiful vistas, and great diving.
You do a lot of diving on lava formations and pinnacles rising from the ocean floor. Many of the pinnacles are 80' or greater under the surface so this isn't a place for those that don't like depth. We saw many fish species, a few sharks and eels, lots of turtles, lobsters, and sting rays, pretty good selection of macro stuff. Heard a whale in the distance. Pinnacles were very interesting. Diamond Rock, Twilight Zone, and Tent Reef Deep were great sites, particularly the former.
We dove with Sea Saba and were very happy with their operation. They're well organized. Divemasters give you some flexibility but keep you safe. Loved Dai, quite a Welsh character. Bit of a drive to the marina but that also is an experience.
We stayed at Juliana's in the Orchid Cottage, fantastic spot. I could live there. Juliana's owners are great and go out of their way to help make your stay enjoyable. The cottage had a kitchen, we asked if they had a grill so they went and bought one. And when our son sent an email saying he got engaged, they called the dive boat. I'll always remember Dai saying "Frank popped the question and she said yes!" - and my wife then crying for joy.
Had great meals at Gate House, EcoLodge, Willards - can be pricey but plenty of other reasonable and good places. Willards (same family as Willards in D.C.) is a special experience, but $$$$
We'll go back!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Palau, Fiji, Roatan, Belize, Florida Keys, B.V.I.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 3 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 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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