Diving on Saba is a fairly recent activity, beginning only in 1981. Since diving began here, dive operators have worked with Saba's government and local fishermen to conserve the aquatic environment.
Unlike many other destinations, Saba preserved its marine life before it could be damaged, so its coral is completely healthy, and fish populations in dive areas remain undisturbed by fishermen. For divers, this provides breathtaking underwater vistas and excellent photography opportunities.
Saba's warm, clear waters make diving a pleasure. In the summertime, the water temperature averages 86 degrees Fahrenheit, with visibility from 75 to 100 feet. The water temperature drops to about 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the wintertime, but visibility increases to more than 125 feet.
In 1987, the island's coast and surrounding waters were designated as the Saba Marine Park. Thirty-six diving buoys at the park's 25 dive sites provide mooring for boats, preventing damage to coral reefs. Depth at the dive sites varies from 15 feet to 130 feet. Snorkeling is less practical than diving, since there are fewer shallow areas and sites must be accessed by boat.
Diving is permitted only with the guidance of one of the island's three dive shops: Saba Deep, Saba Divers, and Sea Saba. All three offer diving classes from beginner to advanced levels, as well as specialty courses. Saba Divers runs its own hotel with restaurant, Scout's Place, and offers many diving packages that include accommodations. Saba Deep and Sea Saba also offer diving/room packages, partnering with several local hotels and cottages. Saba Deep has a restaurant and boutique in addition to their dive center. Sea Saba also has a boutique in addition to their dive center.
When considering package deals, make sure you know whether prices include transportation from the airport, the Saba Marine Park fee, diving equipment, room taxes, any meals, and how many dives. Whether you want to spend your time in between dives on land or on water will also determine which dive company you choose.
Visitors can also arrange single dives, which is perfect for those who don't want to dive every day. Expect to pay at least $50 (USD) for one dive.
To make the most of your diving excursion, follow the safety guidelines given by your diving guides. Don't wear jewelry or other shiny objects, which barracudas may mistake for prey. Help conservation efforts by not feeding or touching marine animals. Also refrain from taking underwater objects, which is both potentially damaging and illegal. When walking on the ocean floor, shuffle your feet to avoid stingrays.
You'll find two dive services, some dive shops, and at least 26 different dive sites to choose from.
The dive shops you'll be able to find are summarized in the following chart.
|Saba Deep Dive Center||(599) 416-3347||0.8 mi. South of Central the Bottom|
|Saba Divers Dive Center||--||0.8 mi. South of Central the Bottom|
If you want to go diving, you might want to contact Saba Divers. Saba Divers has two locations on the island which work together to serve divers of all skill level. This location is the reception area, helping to prep guests for their training and diving, while the full service dive center is set at Fort Bay. They are situated in Windward Side, in central Saba.
A second option is Sea Saba Advanced Dive Center. Sea Saba is a dive center that prides itself on its high quality of service, small-group dives, and well-trained staff. They have received international recognition as the top concierge dive service on Saba. You can reach them at (599) 416-2246.
You can look through the table just below for information concerning the area's dive operators.
|Saba Divers||--||Windward Side, Central Saba|
|Sea Saba Advanced Dive Center||(599) 416-2246||Windward Side, Central Saba|
Some information regarding some of the area's major dive sites can be seen right below.
To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our comprehensive discussion of scuba diving in the Caribbean.
Saba's dive sites can be grouped into six basic areas, each with its own characteristics.
Keeping the safety of yourself and marine life in mind while you're diving or snorkeling will help you enjoy your underwater explorations. See for yourself why tiny Saba is a big deal in the diving world.
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