Above The Waterline And Pristine Diving Below
Incredible Visibility and Marine Life Covered Pinnacles
Rising straight up from the abyssal depths, this rugged, volcanic island is like a piece of the Pacific teleported to the Caribbean. With a quaint, European charm above the waterline and pristine diving below, Saba calls itself “The Unspoiled Queen.” Healthy reefs with incredible visibility and marine life covered pinnacles are all protected by Saba Marine Park. On land, the Saba Conservation Foundation protects the unspoiled wilderness. As you’d expect from a volcanic island, underwater structure and seamounts offer amazing views. Complemented by shallow patch reefs, Saba has a nice mix of dives ranging from exhilarating drifts over “bottomless” drop offs to mellow dives on sites full of juvenile fish and interesting invertebrates.
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Visibility – Visibility is usually good and ranges from 15-30 metres/50-100 feet.
Water Temperature – During the winter, the water temperature is about 24°C/76°F and warms up to 28°C/84°F in summer.
Weather – Easterly trade winds keep the temperature comfortable, even a little cool in the evening at 21°C/70°F in winter, but it can get to 29°C/85°F on a summer’s day. June through October is hurricane season in the Caribbean.
Featured Creatures – Conch and nudibranchs inhabit the healthy reefs. Brown and blue chromis and other tropical fish flit about the coral. Garden eels peek from the sand. Hawksbill and green turtles, barracuda and spotted eagle rays can be found swimming the many dive sites.
Recommended Training – The PADI Deep Diver course is recommended since on many of the pinnacle dives you start deep and work your way shallow. AWARE – Fish Identification and PADI Digital Underwater Photographer courses will help you identify all the marine life you capture with your camera.
Language – Dutch is the official language, but English is widely spoken.
Currency – US dollar is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – You get to Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport by flying through St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport.
Electricity and Internet – The electricity in Saba is 110 volts, 60 Hz. Internet is widespread.
Topside Attractions – Your adventure starts when landing at the airport, which is perched on the side of a cliff. Hike through the Elfin Forest to see a wide variety of flowers. Shop for Saba lace – needlecraft painstakingly created by the women in Saba. Stop by the museum to learn about Saba’s history.
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