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Mont Michel Third Encounter Twilight Zone Outer Limits Shark Shoals Diamond Bank Diamond Rock Man O' War Shoals Otto Limits Torrens Point Well's Bay Point Ladder Bay Deep (Custom's House) Porites Point (Lou's Ladder) Babylon Ladder Labyrinth Hot Springs Tedran Reef Tent Reef Wall Tent Reef Tent Reef Deep Greer Gut Giles Quarter Deep Big Rock Market Giles Quarter Shallow Hole In The Corner Core Gut Cove Bay Green Island Davis's Drop-Off Click on any diver down flag...

You've Got 29 Dive Sites To Choose From...


The Saba Marine Park offers 29 permanently moored dive sites that are all reached with 5 to 20 minute boat rides from our Fort Bay base of operations. So hop aboard the Giant Stride or Sea Dragon and take a virtual dive of the Saba Marine Park by clicking on any of the diver down flags above to learn more about each dive site. At the end of your virtual dive, drop into our Windwardside office and let us know how your dives were, and where we can handle your land-based needs.

Who discovered diving on Saba?   and how did the park get set up?
The history of the Saba Marine Park can now be found on our
Some Saba History page along with other topside information.

 

 
1.  Mont Michel

Mooring Depth: 95 feet

Maximum Depth: 110 feet

Newly established in 1999 and discovered by Michel Cleveau, formerly of Sea Saba, this site is located south of the main plateau where two pinnacles rise to within 100 and 120 feet of the surface. The higher peak supports a dramatic vertical wall on one side with a gentler slope connecting it to the shallower peak. Look for pelagics or enjoy a wealth macro photography opportunities that this site presents.

2.  Third Encounter

Mooring Depth: 95 feet

Maximum Depth: 110 feet

Located at the eastern end of the horseshoe shaped seamount, this dive can be conducted completely on top of the plateau or with a short trip out into the deep blue to the tip of the "Eye of the Needle" rises majestically up from the deep to 90 feet. It's common to encounter large Blacktip Sharks and Yellowtail Snappers along the edge of the outcrops where the plankton rich water reaches the plateau and schools of shallow reef fish abound. 

3. Twilight Zone

Mooring Depth: 95 feet

Maximum Depth: 110 feet

Starting your dive at 110 feet the reef sharply plummets with dramatic drop offs. A series of rocky outcrops with shallower peaks at 80 feet provide more bottom time and excellent opportunities for seeing Nassau or Yellowfin Groupers or circling Reef Sharks while beneath the overhangs sandy areas are home to the more docile Nurse Sharks.

4. Outer Limits

Mooring Depth: 90 feet

Maximum Depth: 110 feet

Swimming northeast towards the tip of this narrow ridge prepare yourself for a dramatic vertical drop off. Enjoy schools of Chromis and Creole Wrasse along with hunting Blackjacks and mature Hawksbill Turtles.

5. Shark Shoals

Mooring Depth: 90 feet

Maximum Depth: 120 feet

An aptly named small isolated pinnacle about half a mile east of Well's Bay with one main pinnacle at 90 feet saddled to a second set of outcrops at 120 feet that rise from 300 foot sea bed. This site offers spectacular fish life, dramatic sponge formations and excellent up-close shark encounters.

6. Diamond Bank

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7. Diamond Rock

Mooring Depth: 80 feet

Maximum Depth: 80 feet

Saba's famous landmark sits on a flat, sandy bottom at 80 feet. Circumnavigation near the bottom provides excellent opportunities to see Southern Stingrays and Flying Gurnards in the sand. A trip through the canyon on the northeast side allows you to multi-level this dive with an upward spiral while watching for a sharks, schools of Horse Eye Jacks and marveling at the fish life this jewel attracts. 

8. Man O' War Shoals

Mooring Depth: 20 feet

Maximum Depth: 70 feet

Just east of Diamond Rock, this similarly steep rock structure lies in the sandy bottom at 70 feet with twin peaks rising to 15 and 20 feet of the surface. A multi-level dive profile works best here by circumnavigating the base and slowly spiraling upwards between the two peaks in figure eight fashion. A final safety stop at the top maximizes your bottom time while enjoying the show below. This site offers some of the most diverse and luxuriant marine life and fauna in the Saba Marine Park ranging from Black Coral and hoards Sergeant Majors to industrious Sand Tile Fish.

9. Otto Limits

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10. Torrens Point

Mooring Depth: 20 feet

Maximum Depth: 50 feet

Referred to as Saba's nursery, all things are possible at this calm and protected dive site that also offers fabulous snorkeling. You can do your entire dive in less than 25' of water exploring the small caves while poking about the huge boulders in the area just north of the point. Keep your eyes open for everything from juvenile Spotted Drums to Spotted Snake Eels and even an Octopus... day or night!

11. Well's Bay Point

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12. Ladder Bay Deep (Custom's House)

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13. Porites Point (Lou's Ladder)

Mooring Depth: 50 feet

Maximum Depth: 75 feet

Large encrusted boulders that over time have developed into a continuous reef structre with sandy alleys characterize this dive site. Large fields of Club Finger Coral along with the many ledges and small crevices provide the perfect hideouts for Spiny Lobster and an abundance of smaller reef fish.

14. Babylon

Mooring Depth: 47 feet

Maximum Depth: 80 feet

Dramatic ledges host the Deepwater Sea Fans that are found as you head seaward from the mooring. Cross over several lava flows and sand chutes, returning to the mooring and head towards shore where the coral encrusted boulders become larger and more numerous. Opportunities to see Hawksbill Turtles, large Barracuda, Nurse Sharks and Morays are the norm at this site.

15. Ladder Labyrinth

Mooring Depth: 42 feet

Maximum Depth: 80 feet

The labyrinth of 10 foot coral and rock ridges just seaward of the mooring provide numerous nooks and crannies for shrimp, crab and lobsters while making it clear how this site was named. Heading east the labyrinth gives way to a more organized system of lava flows and sand chutes. Look for healthy populations of Filefish, and French Grunts and Spanish Grunts. Don't overlook the many sandy alleyways that offer a close-up look at Yellowhead Jawfish.  Since Summer '99, a pair of seahorses found here--don't forget the camera!

16. Hot Springs

Mooring Depth: 40 feet

Maximum Depth: 80 feet

So named because of the hot water springs coming through vents in the sea floor, this dive site is proof positive that Saba's volcano is merely dormant not extinct as suggested elsewhere. Pick a dive here! Head seaward from the mooring and then south over a series of coral heads separated by a sandy bottom. A huge anchor (one of several at this dive site) is a good point to turn inshore and back to the mooring. Alternatively, head seaward and then north for a shallower version among the coral encrusted boulders before heading back to the mooring. Especially interesting are the large colonies of Garden Eels in the sand and numerous schools of French Grunts that you'll find here.

17. Tedran Reef

Mooring Depth: 70 feet

Maximum Depth: 100 feet

A series of coral outcrops at the edge of a sandy slope and a vertical drop-off provide a varied multi-level wall dive. The mooring pin at the edge of the wall is the drop-off point to your recommended maximum depth of 100 feet. Head north along the wall and then return to the mooring over the tops of the coral outcrops at 60 feet. Look for several big, old anchors in the coral along with large Southern Stingrays in the sand.

18. Tent Reef Wall

Mooring Depth: 23 feet

Maximum Depth: 80 feet

A dramatic multilevel wall dive with rich color and looming overhangs. Heading out along the wall at 80 feet and back along an overhang ledge at 50 feet provides a close look at the myriad of colorful encrusting sponge species. Queen Angelfish and large Barracuda in the shadows make this a heads up, as well as thumbs up, dive. 

19. Tent Reef

Mooring Depth: 43 feet

Maximum Depth: 65 feet

A mini-wall, huge boulders and a dramatic swim thru provide a unique combination of qualities at one of Saba's most popular dive sites. From the mooring, head easterly on the outside of the boulders to a sand slope where Garden Eels and Southern Stingrays are seen. Then swim to the base of the mini-wall slowly through the boulders and the archway. Keep a sharp eye out  for Hawksbill Turtles, Scorpionfish and Nurse sharks in this dive that offers unlimited possibilities.

20. Tent Reef Deep

Mooring Depth: 70 feet

Maximum Depth: 120 feet

A deep patch reef at the end of the Tent Reef system. This small, steep-sided reef is often combined with a visit to the Tent reef dive site. Schools of Yellowtail Snapper and large Margates can be found on the deeper parts of the reef.

21. Greer Gut

Mooring Depth: 60 feet

Maximum Depth: 70 feet

A horseshoe shape of small coral islands separated by sand channels and sand flats provides overhangs with a large Spiny Lobster population along with schools of Goatfish, large Barracuda, Conch and Mahogany Snappers. 

22. Giles Quarter Deep

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25. Hole In The Corner

Mooring Depth: 40 feet

Maximum Depth: 75 feet

A series of large coral encrusted boulders lead to a sand bottom at 75 feet where a variety of hard and soft coral structures are the background for the schools of Blue Tang and Chubs that inhabitant this dive site. Alleviate the eyestrain caused by looking for the ever-elusive Nudibranchs found here by taking a peek into the blue for rare Spotted Eagle Ray sightings. 

26. David's Drop-Off
Mooring Depth: 40 feet

Maximum Depth: 120 feet

Saba's newest dive site offers many possible profiles from the shallow cascading boulders, which mirror the shoreline to the near vertical precarious chunks of granite, which plunge to the sand bottom at 120 feet. Blacktip Sharks, Bottlenose Dolphins and Queen Angels have paraded past the colorful gorgonians that grace this exciting new site named after the Saba Marine Park's Director, David Kooistra..

27. Core Gut

Mooring Depth: 40 feet

Maximum Depth: 90 feet

Peer through the looking glass at the mushroom shaped Honeycomb Plate Corals and Sunray Lettuce Corals that create this majestic seascape. A northerly route yields a deeper wall dive with Tiger Groupers and paired Black Jacks as frequent loiterers. A southerly route traverses a steep slope where Queen Angels and Hawksbill Turtles are usually found. 

28. Cove Bay

Mooring Depth: 40 feet

Maximum Depth: 100 feet

Newly established in 1999 after being discovered by medical students at their Cove Bay campus, a short surface swim to the northern side of the cove drops you to a vertical wall covered in red and yellow soft corals with far-reaching Devil's Sea Whips. Large Green Moray Eels and the Midnight Parrotfish are commonly spotted here.

29. Green Island

Mooring Depth: 25 feet

Maximum Depth: 65 feet

A counter-clockwise navigation of this small island unveils a grove of gorgonians and a small colony of both Bushy and Feather Black Coral. Schools of Bermuda Chubs are strongly represented along with Parrotfish and Queen Angels on the backside of the island.

This page last updated on 11/22/2007 from our Windwardside office.

 

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