Hampshire Classic - Queen'S Garden Resort

Troy Hill No 1 The Bottom, Saba, Netherlands Antil
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Travel Tips for Saba

Respect the Environment

by kucha

Fewer than 25,000 tourists come to Saba, and those who do treat the island and her people with respect and admiration!

Even though the island has modern facilities and technology, the attitude of the people is strongly conservative towards their nature, development and industry -- they truly love their beautiful island and expect the same from visitors!

Pretty Simple Stuff

by kucha

Saba is a natural paradise and therefore attracts nature enthusiasts. The variety of restaurants offer a great variety from local barbeques to gourmet--but dining is casual. If you want to sport that cute summer dress, you won't feel out of place but you'll also be equally comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt.

The dive operators offer complete dive packages for rent, but I prefer to carry my own BC, regulator and dive computer. No worries about special medications; Saba neither has a mosquito problem nor 'no see ums' AND the water is great to drink. With new security measures in place, you should pack all film in your carry-on luggage, knowing that you will need to request 'hand check visual inspection' of the film at each security check point to avoid exposure to radiation by the x-ray machine. As x-ray exposure has an accumulative effect on your film, one pass through may not effect the film's integrity but after 3 or 4 passes, it will probably result in damaged film and unacceptable results. Another option is to purchase a lead bag from a specialized camera store to protect the film. Your film will be destroyed from the high level x-rays if you leave it in your checked baggage. If you're planning to hike, I recommend sneakers rather than hiking boots for many of the trails--knobby hiking boot bottoms can actually be slippery on the steps of Mt. Scenery, The Ladder, etc. If you plan serious hiking, then yes, boots are in order. But, sneakers take up much less packing space! Saba is 110 voltage--like the U.S. so no special adapters required. European travelers should check with their hotel--most have 220/110v adapters.

Hike Mt. Scenery

by MikeAtSea

Mount Scenery is a potentially active volcano in the Caribbean Netherlands. Its lava dome forms the summit of the Saba island stratovolcano. At an elevation of 877 m it is the highest point of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. If you are really feeling energetic, climb the 1,064 steps to the top of Mt Scenery. The summit offers excellent scenic views. The last eruption of Mt. Scenery was in or around the year 1640

Some Great Diving

by mtnguy

Saba has pioneered marine protection, and is probably only behind Bonaire in terms of the quality of the protection their marine park provides. As a result, the fish are plentiful, the coral healthy, and the dive operators professional and educated about the benefits of protecting their beautiful reefs. I used SeaSaba, from what I could see the best of the three on the island, but all of them seemed outstanding. Alot of the sites are deep, so you should expect early dives to be at least 100 ft, leading the shops to encourage nitrox certification to increase bottom times. The Pinnacles are spectacular, but I also enjoyed Greer Gut and Tent Reef and Wall. All of the diveshops keep a small facility at the harbor so your gear is left overnight and is set up for you on the boat the following morning. Most sites are within minutes of the harbor, so even with surface intervals you can finish two dives before lunch easily. Good quality gear is available from SeaSaba, Saba Divers and Saba Deep.

Scuba

by kucha

Saba offers year-round diving with seasonal differences in water temperature and surface conditions. Winter months bring cooler water temperatures ranging from 77° to 80° Fahrenheit, whereas summer months yield a toasty 80° to 85 Fahrenheit. Nature itself insures a variety of different marine activities and aquatic visitors throughout the year.

The Saba Marine Park now boasts 28 permanently moored dive sites, and additional moorings have re-introduced some sites that had not been frequented since the park’s original mooring installation. The island's small size, 5.1 square miles, and circular shape does not offer a large leeward side, but nevertheless, allows dives at almost any day of the year -- even with less than perfect weather.

With the variety of diving that is offered, plan at least a few days of diving to enjoy a real sampling of the Saba Marine Park's diversity!

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