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Rising like a bullet through the Caribbean Sea, the small island haven of Saba packs a punch in the dive scene. Offshore, marine life covered pinnacles reach to the surface and attract creatures from each and every niche. The healthy reefs normally boast more than 30 meters/100 feet of visibility. The offshore waters are gift-wrapped in the protective arms of the Saba Marine Park. Must do sites include Third Encounter and Man O War Shoals, which are two of the best dives not just in Saba, but, in the Caribbean. The topside adventure of Saba starts with the airport, perched on the side of a cliff. The tiny island has become an eco-haven and visitors can hike through the pristine wilderness of the Elfin Forest on well-marked trails - a flower lover's dream. It's often shrouded in mist, which makes for a surreal experience.

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Destination Information

What to Eat:

Much of the island's cuisine is dominated by seafood prepared in the West Indian Creole style. Freshly caught grouper, snapper and mahimahi are prepared with spicy sauces of tomatoes and peppers. Saba lobster is a well-known indulgence. Be sure to try the fresh tropical fruits that are often crafted into luscious desserts.

What to Drink:

The famous local drink is Saba Spice - a potent blend of rum, herbs and spices. You'll find lots of other rum drinks as well as Dutch and Caribbean beers available.

Top Adventures/Shopping/Culture:

Locally made lace is popular; adventures include hiking the Elfin Forest.

Customs and Culture:

Strong Dutch influence. Local populous is warm and welcoming.

Top Festivals/Events:

Saba celebrates a Carnival and Summer Festival, which is held in the 3rd week in July

Electricity and Internet:

The supply voltage in Saba is 110 volts and 60 Hz. Internet is widespread.

Drink the water?

Generally safe to drink.

Language:

Dutch is the official language; English is widely spoken.

When to Get the Best Deals:

August to October.

What to Pack:

A 3/2 mm wetsuit, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and sturdy hiking shoes as everything on this island is on the vertical, and the cloud shrouded Elfin Forest is worth hiking; DAN Card.

Water Temperatures:

Seasonal averages: 24°C/76°F in winter and 28°C/84°F in summer.

Air Temperatures:

Seasonal averages: 21°C/70°F in winter and 29°C/85°F in summer.

Currency:

US dollar is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Visa/Passport Requirements:

Valid passport; check with local immigration office for visa requirements.

Departure Tax:

Depends upon outbound destination.

Immunizations:

None recommended.

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Amazing Marine Life

Conch:

The familiarity of these large spiraled shells makes for a particular thrill when you encounter one still inhabited and living on the reef.

Nudibranch:

"Naked" or shell-less mollusks, these frilly, brilliantly colored invertebrates add spots of vivid color to the reefs.

Chromis:

Brown and blue chromis flit over the reefs like floating paper in the wind.

Sea Turtles:

Hawksbill and green turtles can be found swimming in leisurely fashion or napping under ledges on many reefs.

Barracuda:

These predatory fish are often seen on the reefs.

Nurse Sharks:

Take a close look under ledges and around reef structures for nurse sharks.

Barrel Sponges:

Growing to sizes of up to a meter/three feet, these barrel-shaped bottom-dwellers color the landscape with a multitude of bright colors.

Moray Eels:

Most often found in holes, caves, and wrecks, moray eels sometimes venture out so divers can see their entire snakelike length.

Garden Eels:

Inhabiting the sand between coral heads, these small, elusive eels can be seen on most dives.

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Top Dive Spots

Green Island:

This site features an underwater pinnacle is riddled with caves, holes, and cracks where marine life can be spotted with a small dive light. Look for sea fans, feather corals, Bermuda chubs,

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