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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's in

Sea Saba/Juliana's: "Saba", Jul, 2014,

by John Davis, TN, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8001.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Have escorted dive trips for over 30 years, and this island was surely worth a repeat trip. People are of dutch decent, and are, overall very friendly and helpful. The island is beautiful in the same way that the Grand Canyon is beautiful. You have a sense of awe as to how they ever got building materials to the top to even begin building a settlement--it took 20 years to build the road system and once you drive it it's no wonder why. The views are spectacular, so it's a joy just riding from the hotel to the dive boat. They also have some of the best restaurants in the entire Caribbean-especially for being such a small island.
If there is any crime, it's not immediately evident, and we all felt safe walking the streets at any time day or night. Diving was very good by Caribbean standards and the dive guides were helpful and friendly, as was the dive shop there was no militaristic attitude on the part of the dive masters. No large animals (the largest thing we saw was a sleeping Nurse Shark), but lots of tropical fish and healthy coral. Plenty of subjects to photograph.
Regrettably we were unable to dive the pinnacles that Saba is so famous for, but other than that the trip was a big hit with all 12 in my group-even the non-divers enjoyed it. Don't go if you have to have a white sand beach or shore diving, but otherwise it's one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean and the flights are actually on time. Take off and landing on Saba is exhilarating to to say the least- all passengers applauded the pilots each time.
This is a very unique place in the Caribbean and well worth the time and money to get there-good for both beginners and experienced divers.
John Davis, PADI MSDT
Websites Sea Saba   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cayman, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Galapagos, Truk, Yap, Curacao, Provo, Grand Turk, Salt Cya, Nassau, Abaco, Exuma, Cozumel, Dominica, Saba, Long Island, etc....
Closest Airport Saba Getting There ATL to St. Maarten on Delta, St. Maarten to Saba on Winair

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth and time to surface
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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