South of St. Maarten/Martin, the island of Saba is one of the more adventurous and exciting Caribbean destinations, both on land and in the sea. Saba Island is located east of Puerto Rico is part of the Netherland Antilles and is not your typical Caribbean island. It is a volcanic rock island rising to 1000 meters above sea level with steep cliffs and drop offs. Underwater is similar topography with large pinnacles and steep drop offs. The active protection of its reefs and the deep nutrient waters have kept Saba’s reefs in pristine condition.
Diving in Saba
The entire island of Saba is surrounded by a marine park. The underwater topography resembles the above water topography in that pinnacles and deep drop offs dominate. While much of the diving is on walls, reef and pinnacles, worth a see is the Eye of the Needle a pinnacle 50 foot in diameter rising 250 feet and has huge array of coral and sponge life on it.
The nutrient rich waters that rise from the depths surrounding Saba in conjunction with the protection from the marine park means the marine life, corals, sponges and fish life is extremely vibrant. Saba is one of the last places in the Caribbean where you can still find huge turtles and groupers.
Pinnacle diving begins at 70ft (21m) with good fish life and occasional sharks and bigger fish.
Typical marine life includes turtles, sting rays, nurse sharks, queen angel fish, frog fish, purple tube sponges, and iridescent vase sponges.
When to Visit Saba
On Saba’s mountain top, it can drop to 65°F (18°C) at night, so travel with a jacket or sweater is recommended. Daytime temperatures range from the upper 70s to mid 80.
All accommodations are in quaint villages at 1000 feet and above.
There are no beaches to speak of or exiting nightlife but the people are lovely and the climate is cool and pleasant.
The island of Saba is part of the Netherlands Antilles. The language spoken is Dutch and a local dialec, but English is also spoken by everybody. The Guilder is the official currency, although the US dollar is in wide use.
Saba is an inactive volcano rising up to 2900 feet, offering good hiking opportunities, but it has no beaches. The scenery is nothing except spectacular when it comes to Saba.