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Deep Diving Pleasure

A May 1997 trip to Saba by unorthodox traveler

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Quote: Rising straight from the sea to a height of 3,000 ft.,the Dutch island of Saba is the top of a volcanic cone with a shoreline of rock-virtually no beaches. But the diving is excellent

Deep Diving Pleasure

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Overview

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We chose Saba for its deep diving reputation although the island itself is beautiful with a small tropical rainforest and unspoiled beauty. The cool trade winds create a tranquil setting and there are four very quaint villages linked by a 9 mile, hand-built road. There are basically two well established dive shops. Saba'a clear waters, with visibility over 100 feet, host a rich and varied reef formation. With only ten miles of coastline, dive boats took us to many sites within minutes. Over a period of seven days we explored many walls, caves, pinnacles, elkhorn and coral forests as well as a sunken cargo ship. Because so many of the dives are deep, it is essential to be a qualified and experien...Read More
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This is a 12 room Victorian guesthouse set in a tropical paradise.

Built around a Sea Captain's Mansion, all rooms feature cable TV, minibar, and private bath. Balconies offer stunning views.

Editor’s Note: This establishment has closed since this review was written.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2000

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Although there are many good restaurants on the island of Saba, this restaurant, located very near the Saba Deep Diving Center, is a great place to meet other divers. It's an extremely friendly place where you can share diving experiences for hours.

And the food is pretty decent. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The place is air-conditioned with a beautiful view of the harbor, surrounding mountains, and the Caribbean Sea. They serve omelettes, chowders, salads, sandwiches, and daily fish specials.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2000

Sandy Cruz Track

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Attraction

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On another day of non-diving, we hiked the Sandy Cruz Track, a trail that heads northwest to Sandy Cruz using an old path. We were planning on doing this hike alone but were convinced that a guide was needed. We were told that it was too easy to get lost. We assumed that this was a scare tactic to sell us a guided tour but we were wrong. YOU CAN get lost. We really enjoyed the guided hike.our guide was a native of SABA and knew his island well. The hike goes through once-cultivated fields that are now returning to forest. We hiked through a rain-forest and a deep ravine known as Deep Gut. Tree ferms were abundant. We also saw the rare purple-throated carib hummingbird. As we ascended, mountain p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2000

Mount Scenery

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We hiked Mt Scenery after four days of scuba diving..needed a break. Mt. Scenery, at 2,652 feet, is the highest point on Saba. The trail, which has 1,064 hand-hewn steps, climbs through a rain forest and into misty clouds of elfin woods at the peak. There we saw ferns, bromeliads, lianas, epiphytes, and heliconia flowers. We also found and ate delicious mountain raspberries. The abundant tree ferns give the rain forest an air of enchantment as the occasional sunlight filters through the tiny leaves. We also saw many hummingbirds, thrasters, and a quail-dove. At the summit there are wide-views of the Caribbean..St. Eustatius and St. Kitts to the southwest and St. Marten's on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2000

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We were really impressed with the Scuba Dive Center..they are fully equipped with highly skilled instructors/guides. Dives are scheduled at 9am, 11am and 1 pm, also sunset and night dives can be arranged-which we did. All dives are done with multi-level computers, which allow for plenty of bottom time without risking the decompression limits. Dive Masters accompany all divers and act as underwater tour guides and back-up buddies. The diving conditions around SABA are perfect for all diver skill/experience levels. Saba's underwater beauty is protected by the Saba Marine Park. There is also a fully operational recompression chamber/hyperbaric facility located nearby-which was ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2000

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