Saba - A Gem in the Caribbean

Saba is a a pristine gem in the Caribbean. A short flight from St. Martin with a wicked landing on a airstrip the size of an aircraft carrier, you are worlds away from the typical tourist traps that can be found across the islands.


Saba - A Gem in the Caribbean

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by NextTrip on May 2, 2005

Saba is known for pristine diving. The reef surrounding the island is a nature preserve and very well kept. The pinnacle dives, although deep and therefore shortening the length of the dive, were spectacular.


Sadly, I didn't do much hiking, but I did make it out to some of the outlooks. After three dives a day, I didn't want to chance overexertion and climb to the top (also a park), but I hear it is spectacular.${QuickSuggestions} Saba has a 3% tax you can avoid by paying for your vacation in advance by check. If you pay once on the island or by credit card, you are taxed.


Sea Saba is a great dive shop that assists with any needs you may have, not just diving. We were there over Easter, and they called around the island to find the holiday service schedules at all the churches.


Sea Saba also booked dinner reservations on our way down to the boat each day. You may find it strange, that with so few people it is necessary to have reservations, but to keep costs reasonable, many restaurants only prepare enough for those that signed up. Also, the restaurants are small, so it is best to check out the daily specials and plan ahead each morning. ${BestWay} Saba is a lot of "uphill". We preferred the experienced taxi rides arranged by the dive shops to escort us around the curvy roads, but once back on the windward side, everything was a short walk away (usually uphill).


If you book a package through Sea Saba, they include the trips to and from the airport, as well as to the boat. We were often dropped off at the shops after a day of diving so we could walk DOWNHILL to get back home.


They said a road could not be built. Engineers came to the island and declared it impossible. Mr. Haskill, a local, disagreed. He took a correspondence course in engineering and built the road that snakes around the island today.


Daphne Cottage

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by NextTrip on May 2, 2005

Daphne Cottage (see photo) was one of the firsts on the island. Lovingly restored, the white cottage with a red roof let us sample the island culture in comfort. There are many cottages on the island and no hotel chains, which make the island much more personal. Please note that Saba relies on many cisterns for water, so be prepared to "go eco" and help them conserve.
Daphne Cottage
Up the hill from the tourist bureau
Saba, Netherlands Antilles

Swinging Doors

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by NextTrip on May 2, 2005

You have three choices on barbeque night: chicken and ribs, ribs and chicken, and chicken, or ribs. You would expect a gunfight to come right out of the saloon. They grill up a mean barbeque with the works, potato salad, baked beans, and Texas toast. This is a must on the island. Other nights they offer meals from a menu. The food is fantastic and extremely reasonably priced. Mmmmm…
Swinging Doors
Winwardside Next to the Tourist Bureau
Saba, Netherlands Antilles

Brigadoon

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by NextTrip on May 2, 2005

This is a small restaurant on a porch with a view of the island that serves fabulous gourmet food with very fresh ingredients. I recommend the fish, served any way they prepare it. We ate here several times, as did our fellow scuba divers. They even have sushi night, but make your reservations, because it is only served at 7pm that night!
Brigadoon
Windwardside, Saba
Saba
(599) 416-2380

Scuba

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by NextTrip on May 2, 2005

Sea Saba only takes a maximum of 10 divers, even in the busiest seasons. Because of this, we chose the shop. They also had the better boats (in my humble opinion). The staff was very experienced and helpful, hooking up your gear and making sure everyone was happy. The diving is, of course, phenomenal. I saw just about everything: crabs, lobster, scorpion fish, file fish, spotted drums, turtles, flatworms, and eels.
Scuba
Saba Marine Park
Saba, Netherlands Antilles

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