In this issue:
Saba's Newest Dive Site!
Too Far, Saba's Newest Hiking Trail!
Cafe, Saba's Newest Eatery!
Diving, Saba's Newest Fad?
BAY, SABA - Scheduled
for completion during the week of July 18, Monte Michel is Saba's
newest dive site. This fifth pinnacle site will then be added to
our renowned Third Encounter, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone and Shark
Shoals sites. Monte Michel was christened after its founder, former
Sea Saba dive
instructor and boat captain and French Canadian, Michel Cleveau. The site was
officially declared in 1992 but never
properly moored until David Kooistra, Manager of the Saba
Marine Park, made having more permanently moored dive sites a
Begining at a depth of 90 feet at the
eyebolt and with a gentle slope on its south side and a wall over the
ridge on the north side, this site is surrounded by depths between
200 and 300 feet. Situated as the most westerly of the pinnacles, Monte
Michel like Saba herself, has volcanic origins. Each of these
pinnacle formations are the end result of weakened areas in the
earth's crust where magma pushed upwards and spilled forth as lava.
Over time, the lava built a large peak of many layers. The original
crust eventually erodes away leaving the solid volcanic rock core
which is now completely covered in marine life.
Long wire corals,
lacy gorgonians and drooping sponges provide a pristine backdrop for a
multitude of larger reef fish, numerous cleaning stations and the
ever hopeful pelagic wanderer. Sharks and turtles are common with
other possible surprises throughout the year. David reports that resident
large turtle and several reef sharks have been seen on all four of
the dives conducted while installing the mooring.
Cove Bay is certainly not new to Saba by any
means but now offers a new dive site. Cove Bay and Spring Bay are where archaeologists from Holland
have found remnants of Arawak civilizations dating back to 700 AD.
The credit for this dive site, however, goes to adaventurous medical students
from the Saba
University School of Medicine who started
snorkeling and diving the area from their nearby Cove Bay campus
breaks. Once again, glowing reports from students convinced
David to add a permanent mooring at Cove Bay also. Although very
much dependent upon the wather, the new Cove Bay offers superb
diving and snorkeling with an interesting sandy area and a colorful wall on the
side closest to the airport. Ranging in depth from 45 to 100 feet, the site is large
enough to conduct two dives, one deep and one shallow. At Sea
consider it to be an intermediate dive since the swim to start the wall
can burn a bit of air but is well worth the effort.
As if two new sites are not enough good news,
David promises the leftover blocks from the overnight
yacht moorings that have now been replaced by sand screws will
eventually be used for more Windwardside moorings. At the same time,
research and efforts have been in progress for the past year to secure
a wreck for an artificial reef program. All the more reason to
come back to Saba or to plan a longer first trip.
go out to the
staff of the Saba Marine Park for their regular duries and extra energy
necessary to make improvements to the park. Drop by their new web
site at www.sabapark.org
to find out how you can assist them with their efforts.