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The Saba National Marine Park
The Saba National Marine Park was established in 1987 with the objective to preserve and manage Saba's marine resources. The Marine Park was not developed to repair a damaged environment but rather to ensure the continued quality of an extraordinary resource for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone. The Marine Park circles the entire island from the high-water mark to a depth of 60 m (200 feet), including the seabed and overlying waters. A zoning plan divides the Marine Park for various recreational and commercial uses. A system of permanent mooring buoys facilitates diving and prevents damage to corals. One of the few self-sustaining marine parks anywhere in the world, the Marine Park raises revenue through visitor fees, souvenir sales, and donations. The Marine Park is administered by the Saba Conservation Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to contribute to the development and preservation of Saba's natural and cultural heritage.
Saba is one of the more adventurous Caribbean destinations, both on land and in the sea. Lava tunnels and hot springs remind divers of the dramatic volcanic beginnings of the island. The small leeward side hosts gentle, medium depth, spur and groove formations. Along the edge of Saba's sheer wall dives, divers can sight turtles and rays of all shapes and sizes. Accommodations are in quaint villages at 1000 feet and above.
Geography and Nature
Saba is a five square mile island in the northeastern Caribbean, 28 miles south of St. Maarten. Together with Statia, these three islands form the Windward Islands of the Dutch Caribbean which is part of the Dutch kingdom.
Known as the "Unspoiled Queen," Saba earns this reputation from her rich, tropical, natural, beauty. At 2,864 feet above sea level, a dense rain forest often peeks out from a light, cool cloud of moisture.
Daytime temperature on Saba averages 80°F., give or take a few degrees. Easterly trade winds and the mountain create ever changing cloud movements. Winter evenings often require a light sweater. Temperatures will always be cooler on the top of Mt. Scenery.
A valid passport, birth certificate or voter's registration is needed to enter as well as a return or ongoing ticket.
The airport departure tax is $5.00 to Windward Islands, $20.00 per person elsewhere.
How to get there
All travel to Saba connects in St. Maarten, and WinAir makes five or more flights each day to Saba to Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport.
Several major airlines from North America, Europe and South America carry daily flights into St. Maarten (SXM). American Airlines from New York, Miami and San Juan, US Airways from Philadelphia and Charlotte, United Airlines from Chicago, Continental from Newark, and Delta Airlines from Atlanta.
110 volt/60 cycle, suitable for U.S. appliances.
The official currency is the NAfl (guilder) exchanged at about NAfl 1.80 = $1.00 US. Travellers cheques and US dollars, as well as major credit cards, are widely accepted.
Malaria risk is low in Saba. Visit CDC for more information.
Liveabords and Resorts
‘Caribbean Explorer II’
Cottage Club & Sea Saba
Julianas & Oasis Divers
Queen’s Garden Resort & Sea Saba
Legends: ☺kids friendly (kids program or kids rates available); ✩ wheelchair accessible; ◊ internet access