Ferries to Saba

Many travelers use ferries for day trips to and from Saba

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Ferry and boat travel provides an alternative means of transportation to this tiny part of the Netherlands Antilles, which is great news for travelers who are nervous about flying or who simply want to take a day trip.

Riding the Ferries

Saba is a popular destination for eco-tourists and other travelers looking to escape the crowds on many the Caribbean islands. Since Saba has no beaches and few shopping opportunities, many travelers decide to visit Saba on a day trip. Taking a ferry or boat ride from Sint Maarten is a popular option for travelers who want to explore Saba for a day. Likewise, the ferry is a good means of travel for vacationers on Saba who wish to spend a day at the beach or shopping in Sint Maarten.

Familiarize yourself with the choices for water transportation below.

Ferry Docks
Name Phone Location
Fort Bay Ferry Terminal -- Fort Bay
Saba C-Transport (599) 416-2299 Fort Bay

Some vacationers staying on Saba may prefer to take the ferry to Fort Bay rather than fly to the island's small airport from Sint Maarten. Travelers who are prone to seasickness should be warned that ferry rides can often be rocky, and passengers may need to take precautions to avoid becoming sick.

Three ferry services provide transport from St. Martin and Sint Maarten to Fort Bay on Saba throughout most of the week. Ferry travelers are not required to pay a departure tax to leave Saba. All visitors should have a passport.

Ferry Routes, Saba
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Philipsburg Fort Bay Ferry Terminal Philipsburg Ferry Dock Saba C Transport 3 to 4 days per week
Simpson Bay Fort Bay Ferry Terminal Simpson Bay Ferry Port Aquamania Ferries 3 to 4 days per week

After disembarking on Saba, travelers can take time to explore the Bottom and Windwardside, or indulge in the scuba diving and hiking that makes the island such a popular destination for eco-tourists.

If travelers can withstand the rocky waters, ferry travel can be a good way to reach Saba to enjoy relaxation and eco-adventure.


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