Saba’s volcanic origins have blessed her waters with spectacular formations and structural diversity. From shallow patch reefs to deepwater seamounts, Saba offers interesting diving at each depth and for every diver's experience level. Juliana’s Hotel has the perfect location, nestled in the lush hillside in the village of Windwardside, where the days are warm, the nights are refreshingly cool, the birds are chirping, and a gentle breeze flows through your room.
Project Focus: The purpose of this trip is to conduct fish surveys to support REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Click here to learn more about participating in fish surveys on a REEF Field Survey Trip!
Best Suited For: Divers
Accommodations: Participants will be staying at Juliana’s Hotel. Room types Ocean View, and Captains Suites. The Ocean View rooms offer twin and king bed options and a private balcony with a hammock. The Captain’s Suites include a king bed, kitchenette, and private/enclosed deck overlooking the ocean. All rooms have free Wi-Fi for two devices, AC, and Flat-screen TV with Satellite. Garden View rooms are also available based on request. They have full, queen, and king bed options with two including a kitchenette.
Diving: There will be five days of two-tank morning dives starting on Sunday, April, 23 (10 dives). One FREE afternoon dive is included during the week. Nitrox can be added for certified divers additional fee. Addition dives can be scheduled with the dive shop upon arrival. The average water temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit and a 1-3mm wetsuit is recommended. Tanks, weights, and weight belts are included in the cost of the package.
Pricing, Inclusions, and Other Fees
|Double Occ.||Single Occ.|
|Captain’s Suite||$1,795||Inquire for Pricing|
Your Package Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation at Juliana’s hotel, 5 days of two tank dives with one afternoon dive, daily breakfast at the Tropics Café, and Dinner at a variety of local restaurants (transfers included if needed), Lunch is included on the day of the afternoon dive, transfers to and from airport/ferry/dive boat, Internet access, tanks, and weights.
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and REEF survey materials. The REEF Program Fee applies to all divers and any attendee age 18 or older.
Additional Fees - Not Included: All flights and associated travel to and from the Saba, marine park fees (subject to change; paid onsite), optional Nitrox (Unlimited 32% at $59), and rental equipment. Gratuities are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion.
To reserve your space, email trips@REEF.org or call 305-588-5869. A $1,000 per person deposit will be due to confirm your reservation. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
Saba Travel Info
Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into/out Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, on St. Martin. From there, participants may get to Saba by either air or sea. If traveling by air, participants may book a connecting flight via Winair to Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (SAB) on Saba. Flight time is approximately 12 minutes. If traveling by sea, participants may reserve a spot aboard the Makana Ferry. Transportation to and from the Saba airport or ferry dock on Saba is included in the package price. Participants should look to arrive on Saturday, April 22, and depart Saturday, April 29.
Transfers: Round-trip transfers between your arrival location on Saba, either the airport or ferry, to Juliana’s Hotel are included in the price. Transfers to and from the dive shop and transfers to dinner when needed are also included. Participants are responsible for their own transfers on St. Martin.
Passports, Documentation, and Visas: All U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport for all air travel, including to and from the BES Islands. All sea travelers must have a passport or passport card. To enter the BES islands, you are required to have an onward or return ticket, proof of sufficient funds, and proof of lodging accommodations for your stay. For the most current visa information please visit the website of the Caribbean Netherlands Immigration and Naturalization Service.
COVID-19 Considerations: It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that they understand and comply with all local requirements (for entry and visit as a tourist) of the host destination, and for exit and entry requirements for their home country. Be prepared for your plans to change. Be sure your travel insurance covers COVID-related issues. No travel is risk-free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant. Please be aware that REEF is not a travel agent. We are doing our best to interpret the information provided by our trip vendor and the host country’s government COVID-19 webpages. We encourage everyone to do their own research, interpretation, and due diligence. Please see REEF’s COVID-19 Considerations and Vaccine Policies section in our REEF Field Survey Trips Policies page for more information.