Unspoiled and Pristine
"Welcome to Jurassic Park," the captain of the ferry said as we approached the island of Saba. I came to do some world class Saba Diving, but now it seemed like we were stepping back in time to some prehistoric island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.
The Netherlands Antilles island of Saba looks like what it is, a dormant volcano. The top of the island, known as Mt. Scenery, rises from a base of only 5 sq. miles/7.5 sq. km to a height of 3000 feet/938 meters. Seeing Saba for the first time is as spectacular as diving Saba for the first time.
Saba's rich marine environment includes an abundance of marine life and some very interesting underwater terrain, including lava tunnels and hot springs. The dive sites nearest to shore offer some extremely varied diving. These sites will have a depth of 20-130 feet/6.5 to 43 meters and are suitable for divers with Open Water Certification and above.
Long known for deep diving, the most popular sites for Saba scuba diving are the offshore sea mounts and pinnacles. Like a mountain range rising from the ocean floor, Saba's pinnacle dives will leave you breathless. This is Saba diving at its best. Since you have to dive to a depth of 80-90 feet/25-28 meters, it's best to be have an advanced open water certification or above.
Probably the most popular pinnacle dive on Saba is Shark Shoals. Rising from about 300 feet/94 meters to within 90 feet/30 meters of the surface, this is truly an amazing dive. The best part of the dive is at about 120 feet/40 meters. You can see big purple and orange sponges growing from the walls of the pinnacles. Schools of fish are everywhere. Everything from jacks to damsel fish call Shark Shoals home. And yes, you have a very, very good chance of seeing sharks. This was the first of many dives for me on Saba and still remains one of my favorites.
Saba Marine Park
In 1987, Saba scuba diving welcomed a one of a kind marine park. The Saba Marine Park was established with a strong conservative attitude dedicated to protecting the marine environment around Saba. The park has installed and maintains moorings at all the dive sites. The Saba Marine Park and the three resident dive shops on Saba work together to ensure the well being of Saba's underwater wonderland.
Thanks to the Dutch Navy, Saba Marine Park has its own four person recompression chamber. The chamber is operated and maintained by volunteers from all the dive shops and the Marine Park.
Saba Dive Shops
Saba Deep Dive Center
P.O. Box 22
Fort Bay, Saba, N.A.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Phone: 011/599-3347 or Toll Free USA 1-866-416-3347
Barbara and Wolfgang Tooten
P.O. Box 543
Windwardside, Saba, N.A.
Lynn Castenaro and John Magor
P.O. Box 598
Phone: 011/599-416-2246 or Toll Free USA 1-800-883-SABA
Saba Diving is some of the best diving in the world. Saba is truly an unspoiled and pristine dive destination.