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Dive Review of Sea Saba/The Cottage Club in
Saba

Sea Saba/The Cottage Club, Mar, 2013,

by Lisa Jabusch and Steve Nieters, TN, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 6938.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 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 4 stars
Comments We had a really good trip, not withstanding having to spend the entire first day of the vacation in the St. Martin airport! Our flight out of Charlotte was delayed due to a de-icing wait of over 2 hours, so when we landed on St. Martin, we had to wait on the tarmac for 45 minutes to get to a gate. That ate up all the time we had between flights, and caused us to miss the last flight over to Saba that afternoon. We were rebooked on one of the next morning's flights. However, on the flight to Saba, the pilot announced that winds were dangerously high for landing, but he'd go on over to the island, hoping they'd calm down enough to safely land. No such luck, so we turned around and headed back to St. Martin. They were cancelling all the flights to Saba for the rest of the day, but told us that if winds died down enough, they would fly us over. So, we waited, and waited... Unfortunately, this was the one day all year that neither ferry was running to Saba, because the Regatta was on the island. So, at 5pm, they told us, no luck, come back tomorrow. We finally made it over the next morning, and Sea Saba was fantastic in holding the boat and dives for us, to be able to get in 2 dives that day. We had kept in contact with them while stuck in the airport, and everybody we dealt with was so friendly and helpful. We can't recommend them enough! The taxi drivers were always on time and friendly (arranged by Sea Saba). Sea Saba is so organized but still appears very laid back. They would order lunches for you, if you were diving in the afternoon; make dinner reservations; and serve as all around helpful guides to answer just about any question you'd have. The divemasters were all great - super friendly and happy to be there and share their underwater knowledge with you and show you little critters; very professional on setting up gear and helping divers in and out of the boat. We had a number of new divers and the divemasters were very patient and watchful with them. The fish were usual for the Caribbean, but with beautiful healthy corals and a large variety. The underwater topography was very varied, running from deep water pinnacles, to sheer walls, to sloping walls running down the side of the island, to some flat areas with large coral gardens and valleys.
The island was so quiet and laid back, as was the diving, that we'll be back, despite the hassle factor of getting there!
Websites Sea Saba   The Cottage Club

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Belize, Los Roques (Venezuela), Great Barrier Reef, Tahiti/Rangiroa,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 76-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-70 Ft/ 6-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Diving was off fairly small boats that were very comfortable for the 6-10 divers usual per trip, but the rinse bucket to keep cameras in was a plastic tub with about 3 inches of water in it. It was under cover, so in the shade. Granted, the island has little fresh water reserves due to depending only on rainwater collected in cisterns, so very limited fresh water for rinsing on the boat. No shore facilities.
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