Location: Saba, Netherlands Antilles in the North Eastern Caribbean
Saba is a lush volcanic island which rises dramatically out of the Caribbean Sea. Nicknamed the ‘rock’ for its fortress-like walls and steep cliffs, Saba was first inhabited by pirates and smugglers, then eventually settled by the Dutch. With a population under 2000, Saba is unspoiled with remarkable eco-tourism activities and amazing diving opportunities.
Logistics: Fly into the international airport in Sint Maarten (SXM) then ferry over or fly into Saba’s domestic airport (which is know for its very short and very sketchy runway!).
Favorite Dive Sites:
Tent Reef - My number one Saba dive site. It’s like an aquarium that you’ll want to explore more than once. A shallow water dive with a sandy bottom and healthy reefs. Many juvenile fish and turtles, as well as a large diversity of macro life cover the reef. You can find sea horses, octopi, nudibranchs, star gazers, eels, gobys, and many unique creatures.
- 15′ft to 110′ft depending on how far you dive away from mooring.
- Great for all skill levels and snorkeling.
- Easy navigation. Site subject to strong currents. Popular night dive.
Diamond Rock - Jagged ‘rock’ off shore that is covered in bat guano, making it appear white and shiny like a diamond. Around Diamond Rock is a colorful reef with a sandy bottom, where you can find sting rays, reef sharks, turtles and large schools of fish. Always full of lively creatures and surprises.
- Dive is no shallower that 30′ft to an 80′ft bottom.
- Beginner to intermediate skill requirement. Easy navigation. Site is subject to surface swell and current.
The Pinnacle (Third Encounter/Eye of the Needle) – A unique dive on a deep water plateau. Once down the mooring you follow along the ridged edge of the reef and then swim into the open blue where the ‘pinnacle’ appears. The reef is extremely healthy and you can expect to see black tip reef sharks and large barrel sponges.
- Plateau and pinnacle starts at 100′ft so dive is deep and short.
- Must be a guided by a local operator.
- Experienced skill requirement needed. Subject to strong current, swell, and bad visibility.
Unique Creature Sightings: Bull sharks, nurse sharks, frog fish, squid, octopi, sea horses, star gazers, snake eels, and occasional dolphins.
Overall Dive Experience: 7.5 out of 10
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