Within and around an area of only five square miles, the secluded island of Saba offers some of the Caribbean's best hiking and scuba diving opportunities. Since many vacationers come to Saba for its eco-tourism opportunities, there are a number of eco-friendly accommodations available.
The Saba Conservation Foundation oversees much of the management of protected areas and other natural environments on the island. The foundation oversees the Saba Marine Park, as well as the extensive trail system on the island. There are currently no official protected reserves of land on the island, but the Saba Conservation Foundation has proposed for the establishment of two such areas.
While some vacationers come to Saba to enjoy peace and relaxation in a tropical setting, many travelers are drawn by the rich and unparalleled opportunities for eco-tourism and adventure.
Despite the small area of the island, Saba's mountainous terrain provides travelers with abundant opportunities for hiking, trekking, and climbing. A network of marked trails can be hiked alone or with guides who will point out the variety in Saba's rich family of flora and fauna. Mt. Scenery, the main peak of the island, stretches to almost 3,000 feet and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Caribbean waters and islands. Travelers can also hike through rainforests to discover the natural untouched beauty of the more remote regions of the island.
With the mountainous terrain of the island, rock climbing and bouldering is also becoming a thrilling attraction for eco-tourists. For travelers who do not wish to brave intimidating rock walls, bird watching is another option to enjoy nature. The island is home to more than 60 species of birds, including the Red billed Tropicbird and several species of hummingbirds. Click here to read more about nature on Saba.
While hiking and land eco-tourism options on Saba provide travelers with appealing opportunities for eco-adventure, it is the island's scuba diving that truly distinguishes it as an eco-tourism haven. The island is completely encircled by the protected Saba Marine Park and a number of dive sites for scuba divers. The marine life and terrain of the area are unique and diverse, with the peaks of underwater mountains providing stunning vistas for scuba divers. A recompression chamber is located on the island for divers who suffer from decompression complications.
Because there are no official designated protected land reserves on the island, travelers may be unable to camp on Saba. With protected areas in the works however, it may be an option in the future. Travelers can contact the Saba Conservation Foundation for up-to-date information.
The island's several eco-lodges and eco-friendly accommodations are current alternatives to campsites. These establishments offer secluded cottages that are tucked away to allow travelers privacy and quiet. Some cottages will be solar powered, collect their water in a cistern, and be made largely of recycled materials. Single occupancy rates can start as low as $40(USD) and move up to $80(USD) per night. Double occupancy rates, meanwhile, can run from $50(USD) to $90(USD) per night.
Although some vacationers may be put off by Saba's lack of beaches and campsites, travelers who do visit the small island will be richly rewarded by the various opportunities for eco-tourism.
Below is the one property we know about on Saba that can get you back to nature. Click its name to learn more about on-site details and nearby landmarks and activities. Who knows? It could be the perfect place for your vacation.
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