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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's in
Saba

Sea Saba/Juliana's: "Weather messed with us again!", Oct, 2014,

by Jeanne Downey, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 46 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 7908.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our second try diving Saba in two years, having been stuck in St. Maarten for two days last time due to a tropical storm. This time a hurricane went through a couple weeks earlier, causing poor visibility on some dives, and a storm affected our diving towards the end of our week, but we only missed one dive and were able to enjoy the pinnacles and other dive sites. Several sharks, mostly nurse sharks, were spotted, along with various types of eels, a few turtles, tiny spotted drum fish, mantis shrimp, and other fish and critters.

The flights from Pittsburgh to Saba and then into Saba were uneventful, although we were a little concerned about our flight out of Saba for a while, due to the weather. We stayed at Juliana’s again; I noticed that the quality of room cleanliness went downhill a bit since our last stay. Towels weren’t picked up from the floor for three days, fresh towels weren’t immediately provided, floors appeared unswept, and sinks and toilets weren’t cleaned.

We ate breakfasts and a couple dinners at the Tropics Cave, part of Juliana’s. Meals were good and served promptly. This time around we were able to enjoy the entire meal package, each night at a different restaurant, and all were enjoyable, especially the desserts!

Our last day on Saba several of the gang climbed up to the top of Mt. Scenery, which never cleared up for them, and four of us did a short hike to the abandoned sulphur mine, which had great views and many goats unhappy about our intrusion.

Websites Sea Saba   Juliana's

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Cocos, Socorro, Guadalupe, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Palau, Papua, Micronesia, Maldives, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There Fly through St. Maarten, then on Windward Air, or by ferry boat.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-70 Ft/ 9-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110' depth limit.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small rinse bucket on boat. They also provided various sized coolers to keep cameras from drying out between dives.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Alan Riggs in CO, US at Nov 12, 2014 16:18 EST  
The diving sounds pretty unexceptional.
By keith brashear in FL, US at Nov 13, 2014 07:22 EST  
I dove there and was happy with the dives. Sorry the weather did not give you anything else to say about Saba. The Island is a place where after the dives you could relax and have a drink or what have you or go for a hike at various places. Never too hot and the rain is an island thing. When Diving I saw my favorite thing to see and those were morays. They look so nice and swim or glide so smoothly I like watching them. One day they were in squadron form. Bunches of them. I am going back for sure.
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