Diving the island of Saba | the Caribbean

Saba is an unexpected scuba diving gem. One of the Leeward Islands located at the northeast corner of the Caribbean Sea, the island sits at the heart of the Netherlands Antilles island group.

What puts this small diving destination a step apart from many of her near neighbours, is that Saba is the tip of an age-old volcano. While the interior reveals a hidden rainforest, the perimeter is all steep walls, cliffs and rocky landscapes that drops dramatically to beneath the water line before crashing to a seafloor covered in enormous boulders. There are swim-throughs and caverns, small walls and deep pinnacles making the underwater landscape far more interesting and curious than many other islands nearby.

The reefs and marine life are typical of the Caribbean – surfaces are coated in seaplumes and barrel sponges – and a few reefs have impressive elkhorn hard corals. There are masses of butterfly and angelfish, nurse sharks on most sites, occasional reef sharks and turtles everywhere.

blue ringed octopus
Saba dive photo gallery Scuba diving features
Marine Life Nurse sharks | angelfish |shrimp
pufferfish |
Top dive site Dave's Drop Off
Seasons All year round
Visibility 10 – 20 metres
Water temperature 25 – 34º C
Deco chambers Saba
Flights To Saba from St Kitts or Antigua on LIAT.
Dive operators & accommodation Three dive operators and many hotels and guest houses
Liveaboards Caribbean Explorer II
Saba island

Saba is a charming island that has retained far more old-world charm than any other Caribbean island we have been to, no doubt due in part to it's extremely hilly, but very beautiful geography. Staying on the island would be ideal for those who prefer shore-based diving as there are shops, bars and restaurants in the small towns. Getting there requires a flight to larger Caribbean island hub then an 'internal' connection on a small aircraft.

The diving around Saba ia really very good with – mainly – shallow depths, good visibility and reefs in good condition. The waters surrounding the island are a designated marine park. Some operators denote around 30 dives off the island, but many are sections of the same reef, you just head north or south from the mooring buoys.
We travelled from St Maarten to Saba to St Kitts on a liveaboard, which will always be our dive trip style of choice. Yet once we arrived in Saba we were sorry not to be stopping there for longer. We had three days of good reef diving but would have liked a bit longer and to have explored the island and soak up the atmosphere.
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