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
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.
Equipment: Good quality gear is available from SeaSaba, Saba Divers and Saba Deep.
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!