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At Sea Saba, we recognize that choosing the right dive operation can make
the difference between a good dive trip and an extraordinary diving
experience. Our slogan "Dive the Sea Saba Difference" is
multi-faceted. The Difference is about the level of our service and
the quality of our operation--from hard assets to staff expertise.
Great boats, attentive service and professionalism are the final touches;
the core is making the most of each underwater experience. Since
1985, The Sea
Saba Difference continues:
Saba's Most Experienced Crew. If you're a return client, you'll
be pleased to see many familiar faces; and if you're new to Saba, you'll be comforted by
our background and familiarity with Saba's reefs that only years of experience
and a specific training program for our staff can
provide. Whether you're a photographer looking for that special subject or a beginner
hoping to hone your skills, let us show you all that Saba has to offer. Our all-instructor
dive team has varied backgrounds and areas of expertise but a shared
commitment to our clients to provide the optimum diving
vacation. Experienced but still enthusiastic! Be sure to check out their
individual profiles on the Meet the Sea Saba
Crew page as well as the Nature
News page of our website for the latest sightings.
status makes a difference. As
a PADI 5-Star Resort, our commitment to professionalism and adherence to the highest
standards in the industry are a given. Sea Saba’s additional status as a PADI National Geographic Dive
Center and Sea & Learn founding sponsor further demonstrates
team’s genuine commitment to nature and its exploration.
Although our instructors' diving credentials are impressive, we strive to
be the best dive guides. Our instructors keep their
enthusiasm levels high by continuing to learn more about Saba's marine and
terrestrial environment. In addition to taking you diving our team
is involved in community outreach, reef surveys, coral monitoring, and
specific research programs. At Sea Saba, we remember why you
learned to dive--Your passion is our passion; let us share it with you.
The Training & Courses page of our website
further attests to our policies regarding quality training.
38' boats for your comfort and convenience. Two boats give us flexibility in
the mixing and matching of our divers so as not to compromise any diver's safety or
enjoyment. Although our boats are U.S.Coast Guard certified for 25 divers, we'll
only carry a maximum of 10 divers for your comfort (except when chartered by
a group of divers). Each boat is equipped with a sturdy
ladder and platform that comfortably services two divers at a time so there
are no long entry
procedures. You can enter the water via backward roll, giant stride or forward roll. A
second deck and fly bridge provide a sociable hangout for sun-lovers, ample shade and wind
protection. Our boats have plenty of seating, storage areas, fresh water
hanging facilities and plenty of dry space for photographers. Additional
rinsing facilities are available at our Fort Bay workshop. Fresh cold drinking
water and lemonade are provided as well as cold storage for box lunches. Our vessels
can carry enough tanks for two or more dives per person each day.
Large and comfortable boats, but no crowds!
Nitrox system provides divers a safer
way to dive at a great price. In January 2001, we installed
membrane system which produces safe, reliable
nitrox breathing gases without the dangers of oxygen blending
systems. In April of 2008, we turned the switch "on" to our improved
nitrox system. The efficient system allows us to offer nitrox to our
divers at a fabulous, low unlimited use rate. We also offer
easy nitrox certification courses that don't interfere with your dive
schedule or dinner plans. Nitrox is becoming the norm--Sea
Saba--better with nitrox!
Dive Safety. Our boats have all standard safety equipment on board including VHF
radios, cell phone, oxygen, first aid, and flare systems. Two
instructors crew each of our boats so that there is always adequate surface support and an
experienced in-water guide available on each dive. Only Sea Saba
utilizes a "boat computer" so that our dive guides have the
information to assure planning and conducting of dives based on the most
conservative profile for all divers. And finally, The Saba National Marine Park has a 6-man, double lock-out
facility right at the harbor. While we do our best to make sure no one needs it, it's nice
to know it's there just in case...
Concierge Level Service. Sea Saba was recognized by
Forbes Best of the Web as the island's unofficial concierge
and being the first on Saba to offer this level of service. Our
superior service starts at your first point of contact and doesn't let up until our driver
takes you to the airport. Even then, if you've forgotten something or
there's a billing error or question, let us know since we're here to serve
you and we want you back in the future to join our many repeat visitors.
Our convenient office location at Lambee's Place, on the main corner of
Windwardside, allows us to cater to your whims with a full-time office
staff looking after any requests and coordinating with our crew to make
certain we can do everything possible to make your trip unforgettable.
Whether it's dinner reservations or a special dive site request, just let
us know and we'll do the rest...we think a great dive trip is about more
than just great diving!
Diving Freedom. We recognize the needs of
experienced divers. Most of our divers find diving with our guides a
pleasure--knowing they have the knowledge and experience to find more
marine life but never overbearing or condescending. However, if you prefer to
dive as a buddy team and do your own thing or take an entire dive to photograph a
redlip blenny, we'll give you that
freedom provided you follow our basic safety guidelines. Fair? We
think so. We'll neither make you
play "follow the leader" nor will we make you come up from a shallow dive to fit
someone else's hectic schedule. If you're a new or novice diver, our experienced
instructors will make you comfortable in no time so that you can fully explore and enjoy
the underwater magic of the Saba Marine Park.
The Best of the Saba Marine Park.
Simply stated, we'll take you to a variety of sites in the marine park,
doing our utmost to be certain you don't repeat a dive site unless it is
your preference. Our vessels are fuel efficient so it's never a matter of
saving on fuel or what's easiest for us. One of Saba's attractions is that there is a wide range of sites
without the need for long boat rides. Our boats are just the right size, so that we are not restricted by mooring
usage but are large enough to handle most any conditions. There is more to Saba than just
our famous pinnacles, Tent Bay and Ladder Bay. When conditions permit, know
that our experienced crew will be ready to show you as much variety as
possible. The island's windwardside
completely different underwater topography with often-times superior visibility and
different species of marine life than our leeward sites. This is not to say that any area
is better, but if you have a week, you should see everything you can...and
for those who really want something different, ask about our 'muck dives'.
Daily routine. Our relaxed schedule and leisurely pace fits well with your
vacation. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or morning stroll with our taxi picking you
up shortly before 9 a.m. Our boats depart the harbor at 9:30 a.m. As there is only one
harbor on Saba, it is home to the diesel generated power plant, fuel station and port for
every vessel coming and going from Saba. We prefer to show you more of Saba's miracle of
nature, so in between dives, we moor at a beautiful, calm area where you can gaze at
seabirds in the cliffs, snorkel with your companion or simply take a nap. (Click
here for more details and photos of how and why we plan our dive
days). We always take
an ample surface interval of 60-90 minutes insuring you have plenty of time to do a long,
relaxing second dive. Our boats return to the harbor about 1:30 p.m. If you want more
diving, just say so. We'll change over tanks and head back out. Saba's night dives are
spectacular too. Just give us some advance notice and we'll take you night diving and
organize late dinner plans for you while we're at it. Relax! You're on vacation...
Underwater Photography & Video.
Saba is a macro & wide angle paradise! Your toughest decision of the day should be
choosing which lens! Sea Saba caters to your needs with plenty of dry space
on our vessels, designated cameras only rinse bins and an experienced crew that knows
how to handle your gear and help you find the shot you've been waiting for. We have
experienced and published photographers on staff to help you with camera problems or lend
a little advice to get that special shot. Better yet, sign up for a proper
course that will take you to that next step--getting the results you
envision. Troy Hooper is our
on-staff photo pro to work with you and either your 'point and shoot'
camera or an SLR. To get ready for your trip, enjoy
the variety of photography on this website as examples of what you can
expect both underwater and topside...and as of August 2005, we rent
digital cameras, too. You won't believe the results you get from
these simple to use set-ups. Over 200 high resolution images per day
AND quality video/audio as well! Our Creature
Features page of this site demonstrates numerous photos taken by first
time users--and great info, too! And, National Geographic Team
photographer, Mauricio Handler, is conducting an intense 7-10 day photo
course for SLR users in July '09--link
here for more info.
Still not convinced? We specifically don't have a page on our site with
customer comments as we recognize most clients assume you 'only print the
good stuff'. So instead, we suggest you check our unsolicited and
unedited reviews on Undercurrent and
and Trip Advisor.
We're confident your research will convince you it's time to dive the Sea Saba difference.
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