We just got back from Saba, we live aboard in Miami
. (Still working the 9-5 job scene here...) Anyway we do a lot of diving in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Florida Keys
, Bonairre and we recently spent 5 days diving at Saba. Some members of our group have also dove Truk lagoon
. We went with 3 other close families that all dive, and we usually take annual dive trips. So far , Bonairre, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Florida Keys
are our favorites. Saba was a pretty dissapointing trip from a dive perspective. THe Island is absolutley beautiful, people are great, warm and friendly, but EVERYTHING is expensive. 17% tax on all meals
eaten out ect... The anchorages
(on the leeward side of the island can be very rollie and the people that we spoke with that had their boats there were not happy. The Seas were routinely 2-3 feet with ripping currents present 4 out of 5 days we went diving. Another downside is that the island does not allow you to dive unless you dive with a dive shop. In Bonairre and elsewhere you simply rent your tanks
if needed, pay the marine
park fee and go diving. I suspect it is because of the currents. There were not a lot of fish
on the reef aside from Squirrel fish
, but we did get to see 2 reef sharks in the distance, and a seahorse. THey seem to think sting rays there were a big deal, we saw 2.... If you go, do the night dive on tent reef. Lots of cup coral
, and it is very pretty. If we had to make the decision to go again and could only dive the leeward site, then we would not go. On the last day, we got to dive the windward side of the Island, near the airport
. The seas were flat that day, no wind
or swells and the diving was as good as Grand Cayman or Bonairre. Lots of fish on that side. Apparently that does not happen often. If we were to go and could dive the windward side of the island and do all night dives, then the trip is worth it, but diving on the leeward side of the island was simply dissapointing according to me and 5 other divers.
BTW the crew at the dive operation were fantastic folks and they did a great job. Very friendly, helpful and patient, but not much they could do with the currents, wind, swells and lack of sealife.
Hope this helps.