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Dive Review of Sea Saba/Juliana's Hotel in
Saba

Sea Saba/Juliana's Hotel: "My Spoiled Queen on the Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean", May, 2019,

by Bobby Munno, NY, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 10950.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We finally made it to Saba, the Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean, and found it well worth the wait! Unfortunately visibility did not cooperate and deteriorated throughout our week of diving but did not diminish inherent dive site beauty. An uncommon-for-this-time-of-the-year swell from the north brought poor visibility for our late May visit. The marine-park-protected dive sites were varied from pinnacles to boulders to walls, all resultant of past volcanic activities. All stone structures were well-covered in healthy Caribbean reef life and a (very) few sites were true coral reefs. Sea creatures were in great abundance and well represented in their variety. The island was experiencing a 3-month drought prior to our arrival but the prayers of the locals were answered the last 3 days of our stay. Sporadic heavy downpours, we were told, would do little to fill everybody's cisterns but were a welcomed happening anyway except for by me as it made for a slippery decent from our hike to the top of Mt. Scenery on our non-dive last day on Saba. Great restaurants, nice people, scenic towns, beautiful/rugged island, US currency and a superior dive operation made for a trip worth making and repeating.
Websites Sea Saba   Juliana's Hotel

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Brooklyn, Bonaire, Cabo, Cancun, Carriacou, Caymans, Cozumel, Curacao, Dominica, St Eustatius, Ginny Springs, Grenada, Iceland, Jamaica, Key Largo, Kona, Long Island, St Lucia, Palau, Pennsylvania, Philippines, Roatan, Saba, Tobago, Turks & Caicos, St Vincent, Yucatan cenotes
Closest Airport Juancho E Irausquin Airport (SAB) is Saba's airport Getting There Easy connections through St. Maarten (SXM) on Winnair to SAB, the world's shortest commercial runway. There is also a ferry from St. Maarten if STOL aircraft are not your thing.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 81-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-35 Ft/ 8-11 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions maximum depth and time were discussed during each dive briefing
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Super-serious UW photographers will be disappointed by the facilities but not the subject matter. The boat facility was limited to a small plastic tub placed on the dive deck which barely held 2 medium-sized rigs. The camera bucket didn't even contain water for first couple of days due to government-imposed water usage restrictions as the ongoing drought taxed the capacity of the island's desalinization plant.
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