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Dive Review of Sea Saba/N/A in
Saba

Sea Saba/N/A, May, 2013,

by Veronica Harding , FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6972.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments On our fifth visit, Sea Saba continues to build on and solidify the impression we’ve had since our first trip. Some examples of why we love this organization…

- They are committed to providing their guests with the best possible dive experience and will quickly adjust to changing situations to make sure that happens. Example: Our first day, we were able to arrive at the harbor on time when other divers could not due to a gully wash on the road to the harbor. What does Sea Saba do? They put a boat out for JUST THREE of us instead of making us wait until the other divers could arrive. Used to dive boats of a similar size with 16+ divers on board, this was like having a private yacht.

- They are flexible about dive profiles. E.g. We were diving Nitrox but two of the divers on the boat were on air. The Dive Guide, Kelly dove the air profile (they always dive the most conservative profile of their divers) but instead of insisting her nitrox divers come up with the air divers, she told us we were free to dive our computers. She then remained in the water (at a shallower depth) so she could be in hand if needed but not cut short anyone’s dive. It was a SPECTACULAR dive too (Twilight Zone) and not one we wanted to come up from before we had to. Sharks, turtles, schools of fish. NO current, and 100+’ vis.

- Sea Saba always gives you a FULL hour+ safety stop ensuring you can get the most time out of the second dive. (Many dive boats don’t in our experience.)

- They will find the most comfortable and prettiest spot for the Surface Interval. Saba is not always known for its’ calm waters (though we really lucked out after the first day on this trip) and their willingness to burn some fuel to keep their guests comfortable between dives is very much appreciated when you’re prone to seasickness as I sometimes am.

- While we love our large pelagics, the highly knowledgeable Sea Saba staff has given us an appreciation for the macro critters as much as the large stuff. It’s much more rewarding to be able to see and understand the ENTIRE ecosystem. The juvenile Filefish, Cryptic Teardrop Crab and Wire Coral Shrimp (none of which I’d have spotted on my own in a million years) were amazing.

Conditions were great and all our dives were incredible but one particular dive deserves special mention. It was our second night dive done at a site called Hot Springs. We had done a night dive there on a previous trip and loved it. They have several nurse sharks that have learned to hunt using divers’ torch lights. They are anything but shy and will readily push you aside to see if what you’re looking at might prove to be a tasty meal. (We tried to be careful about not looking at any one thing too long so as not to turn it into “dinner”.) The sharks and site did not disappoint this time. Little did we know but that was only the overture. Our Dive Guide, Becca, had briefed us that as the dive progressed, we’d all settle into the sand and black out our torches to hopefully see a bioluminescence show put on by The Ostracods. What ensued took our breath away. A ballet of shapes and colors exploded around us (including right in front of our masks). Two divers compared it to something you’d see in Avatar or Close Encounters of a Third Kind. Climbing back on board with a thousand stars overhead completed the experience. We are still shaking our heads in awe.

Those are just some of the reasons we keep returning to Sea Saba. They want everyone from novice to highly experienced divers to get the most out of their dive vacation. They are friendly, competent and knowledgeable. They are committed to serving their guests, maintaining a strong safety code and preserving their unique marine environment. What more could you want in from any dive operation?
Websites Sea Saba   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida (all coasts), St. Croix, Belize, Cozumel, San Salvador Bahamas, and North Carolina
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 81-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-120 Ft/ 24-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computer NDL, one hour night dive, and on one site where currents can vary quickly we had to stay with guide. Other than that, you are free to dive as you wish.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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