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Saba! Where's That???


Saba is located at 17.63 N 63.23 W

By air or by sea, there are more ways to get to Saba than ever...

Once you have made your plans to get to Saba, don't miss the Travel Tips page of our website for more helpful information.

Located 28 miles southwest of St. Maarten, Saba is reached by a short 12 minute flight on Windward Island Airways. Winair (airline code WM) provides 5 conveniently scheduled connecting flights to and from St. Maarten each day. You can now e-ticket your Winair flight.  Go to Winair's revamped website:  http://www.fly-winair.com to look at scheduling options and direct e-ticketing.  Daily air travel to and from St. Maarten is offered by American, Delta, Continental, US Airways, United, Spirit, Jet Blue, Air France, and KLM.  July 2008 Special Note:  ETicketing now requires that you contact Winair via fax or email with a copy of your passport, both sides of your credit card--see their website for more specific information to be sure your ticket is not cancelled due to your non-compliance.  If you are not comfortable with this, check with one of our recommended tour operators to book your entire trip or Caribbean Travel to book your tickets specifically. Another option is to use Island Communications Services right on Saba.  Contact Lynn so that we can refer you to this company for easy ticketing without the special identification compliance. 

Visiting one of our neighbors or considering a two-island trip?
Don't miss this area's best diving!  Now easier one day excursions

Jauncho Yrausquin Airport, located at Flat Point on Saba, boasts one of the world's shortest commercial runways at around 1300 feet (400 meters). One of the highlights of your Saban adventure is sure to be the hair-raising landing and takeoff aboard the Dehavilland Twin Otter STOL aircraft that provide air service to Saba. Not to worry though... Saba and Winair are celebrating nearly 50 years of accident-free flight service to Saba's Airport.     

What's the Price of a Winair ticket?

Winair fares can vary dramatically depending on where and how you book.  We suggest you first look at booking the Saba portion of your trip with whomever is ticketing your flight in to St. Maarten.  This should be the most economical form of ticketing and depending upon the carrier, can translate to no excess baggage and "in transit" treatment at the St. Maarten airport.  Winair is now in alliance with USAir, Air France and KLM so ticketing is easier, at least in theory.  Travelocity and other bulk wholesaler's prices can now be as high as $180 due to surcharges, mailing costs, etc.  If you are traveling "on mileage" and therefore unable to ticket through to Saba, we are finding best fares found by booking on-line with Winair and e-ticketing directly from their website.  Be sure to provide all travelers names as stated on their passports, exact itinerary for your 'bigger flight' in and out of St. Maarten, and your desired travel time to Saba. 

For all those e-Travelers who book their travel via online services such as Travelocity.com, Orbitz, etc. Saba's airport code is SAB whereas St. Maarten's Princess Juliana Airport has an airport code of SXM. Take advantage of Travelocity's Flight and Fare Search Options where you can locate the best fare, 9 best itineraries or search by schedule depending on your preference. At the same time, some airlines now allow you to book your complete roundtrip to Saba directly online and your tickets are mailed to you in a few short days. We've included both Saba's and St. Maarten's airport codes since some online services don't recognize SAB. You'll sometimes find lower fares by breaking your trip into a seperate SXM-SAB roundtrip segment. For example, assume you're coming to Saba from Newark, NJ (EWR). Search for seperate EWR-SXM and SXM-SAB roundtrips rather than a single EWR-SAB roundtrip. You might be surprised by the results and be able to spend more of your dollars on Saba rather than in the air. So, shop smart!

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Even in this internet age, you may find you are more comfortable and less frustrated to take the traditional approach by booking a travel agent or wholesaler.   As there are few commissions to be made for air travel, you will probably find many companies are not willing to book just your air travel but be confident to know you will not pay a higher price with our recommended tour operators.  In some cases, you may find these travel agents and tour operators still can find you considerable airfare savings between $100-$200 per person.  It pays to shop around and by shopping smart, we're sure you'll find the best airfare whether it's through Travelocity, Expedia or a dive travel wholesaler

We'd just like to see you on Saba whichever route you choose in booking.  We feel it's our responsibility to provide you with all of the available options since over the years we've found our best customers are those who make an informed decision.



For seafarers, for many years only The Edge consistently  provided ferry services from St. Maarten to Saba.  Since January 2006, Dawn II now gives Saba residents and visitors an alternative to using Winair.  Saba's Medical School has doubled enrollment.  The increase of students coupled with increased tourism means it is often times difficult to get a flight.  Craig Buchanan once worked as an instructor/boat captain for Sea Saba.  His father, Dr. Jack--one of two island doctors, returned to Saba a few years ago.  Craig has now returned with his wife and two children and formed Saba C-Transport, the owners of Dawn II, a 65' vessel.  Intended as a regular ferry and also available for private charter.  Dawn II leaves Saba at 7:00 a.m. to go to St. Maarten.  Dawn II departs St. Maarten from Chesterfield's (Great Bay Marina) at 5:00 p.m. so that you're on Saba by 7:00 p.m.  Check out the website for most up-to-date schedules or simply contact the owners directly: info@sabactransport.com  

Aqua Mania (at Pelican Resort) is the owner of The Edge and the provider of water sports activities on Dutch St. Maarten.  The Edge is still the most economical option for those persons staying on St. Maarten and looking to come to Saba for the day and return back to SXM the same day--or to come to Saba for a few days as an add-on to your St. Maarten trip.  Make your reservations in advance with Debby or stop by when in St. Maarten.  The Edge comes to Saba, Wednesday through Sunday.  Although the ferry schedules generally don't allow for same day air travel connections, some visitors opt for this mode of transportation with overnight layovers in St. Maarten. At the same time, many visitors to St. Maarten find this to be the perfect full day outing that provides them with a glimpse of the Caribbean as it used to be and still is on Saba!  The Edge departs Simpson Bay's Pelican Marina at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (only Wed, Fri and Sun in slower summer months--late August through October) arriving in Fort Bay, Saba at approximately 10:30 a.m. The return trip from Saba is at 3:30 p.m. and arrives in St. Maarten at 5:00 p.m.

The Voyager (from Marigot, French side St. Martin) seems to have ceased service to Saba (as of February 2004).  

Contact us for more information about one day trips and reservations. A bit of pre-planning assures your special dive day on Saba goes smoothly.  

 

Don't Forget...as of January 2006, a passport is required to enter the Netherlands Antilles, even for a one-day trip.  
Not a U.S. citizen?  Click here for rules to enter the Netherlands Antilles

  Divers, don't forget your Certification Card! 
No exceptions! 


This page last updated on 03/30/2009 from our Windwardside office.

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