Saba is an emerald island in an aquamarine sea. The densely wooded flanks of an extinct volcano boldy rise nearly 3,000 ft above the Caribbean Sea. Although only a quick 15 minute flight from St. Maarten, the island is far from the cares of the modern world. You will not find mass tourism, all-inclusive resorts or miles of pearly white beaches, but you will find overwhelmingly beautiful nature, a fabulous underwater world and a local population who add a whole new dimension to the concept of hospitality. Soon after arriving, you’ll realize why the people of Saba refer to their island as ‘The Unspoiled Queen’.
Saba is a volcanic island that rises steeply from the ocean. Lava tunnels and hot springs remind divers of the island’s dramatic origins. The extremely varied diving includes bizarre looking pinnacles rising straight up from unfathomable depths. A busy population of colorful tropical fish as well as large groupers and jacks inhabit the waters around Saba. Along the edge of Saba’s sheer wall dives, divers can sight turtles and rays of all shapes and sizes. The small leeward side hosts gentle, medium-depth, spur-and-groove formations.
Down to a depth of 200 feet, the entire coastline around Saba falls under the protection of the Saba Marine Park, founded in 1987 and managed by the Saba Conservation Foundation. All dive operations abide by the rules of the park and benefit from its ongoing research and education programs. Weekly slide shows entertain and inform divers of Saba’s special marine life. The Saba Marine Park has received several honors and remains the only park of its kind in the world to be completely self sufficient in its operation.