While the Caribbean has many wonderful destinations for those with an interest in scuba diving charters, it’s safe to say that Saba is well worth the visit. Saba is located in the Leeward Islands and was formed by a volcano. This helped create its pinnacles of volcanic rock that make it especially noteworthy for excellent diving opportunities.
Saba ’s unique sea floor of both shallow and deep waters, pinnacles and walls, make it a popular choice for diving charters. The leeward side is especially well-liked; however, the windward side of the island has its benefits. While one must also monitor swells and wind, the windward side sometimes has better visibility and has a different variety of sea life, making it worth checking out if you have the time.
Custom’s House, sometimes referred to as a “loaf of bread,” has southern stingrays and garden eels in its sandy area. At the vertical drop, one can find sponges, gorgonians, and black coral. Babylon has dramatic ledges, a cave, lava flows and sand. Caribbean reef sharks have been spotted here along with porgies and black jacks. Near the shore is an area of barrel sponges and boulders covered with coral. In the shallow water, one may spot hawksbill turtles, barracuda, nurse sharks, and morays.
One of Saba’s most popular diving sites is Tent Reef. It not only has an amazing variety in marine life, it also offers stunning natural structures. The sandy slope has garden eels and southern stingrays. Large boulders hide schools of tiny cherubfish, but their bright blue color gives them away. A mini-wall provides a beautiful backdrop for the hawksbill turtles, scorpionfish, frogfish, and longsnout seahorses that live here.
Tedran Reef is a multi-level dive that starts with a sandy slope, southern stingrays, and bar jacks. Coral outcrops partially hide several large, old anchors. Further out the vertical drop makes a wall that is perfect for arrow blennies. Another wonderful multi-level dive site on Saba is Shark Shoals. This area has a sea bed at 300 feet, outcrops at 120 feet, and a pinnacle at 90 feet. Wahoo and mahi mahi swim here, along with the sharks that give this site its name. Two turtles, dubbed Betty and Bob by the locals, also reside here.
Be sure to visit Saba on your next diving charter to see these locations and the dozens of other breathtaking marine sites around the island. Saba will capture your heart with the surreal quality of its underwater beauty.
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