|Saba plunges below the sea as steeply as she rises above. From shallow patch reefs to deep underwater seamounts, Saba offers sites suitable for any freediver’s level of experience. Past volcanic activity has created spectacular formations and structures. Underwater lava flows and hot springs are the most obvious evidence of Saba’s volcanic origins. The reefs are populated with schools of tropical fish and healthy coral. Sheer close-to-shore walls are covered with sponges of all sizes and the heavily encrusted deep-water seamounts attract pelagic creatures that are not normally seen by divers. Unusual and exciting sightings are always possible in Saba’s waters including frequent shark encounters.|
Saba offers year-round freediving with seasonal differences in water temperature and surface conditions. The water temperature varies between 26C and 28C (77F-84F). Visibility ranges from a minimum of 20m (60ft) to virtually unlimited. Swells and heavy rainfall may influence visibility, but typically it clears again very quickly. Due to the steepness of the coastal zone, shore freediving is limited to just a few sites. Therefore most of the freediving must be by boat.
Fortunately Saba’s dramatic coastline naturally limits coastal development. Pressure on marine resources has always been low even as the island population has increased. The quality of the marine environment, resilient reef communities and rich and varied marine life continue to lure divers to Saba’s unspoiled waters
Windward, volcanic, wild, mysterious and clean. An emerald of 13 square kilometres, a green speck in an aquamarine sea. The unspoiled Queen is still untouched by the 21st century.
With 27 diving spots in its exceptional marine environment, Saba is in the top five of the world’s best diving locations. For hikers, there are 28 trails through five unspoiled vegetation zones – from cloud forest to steppe-like bush. “Saba is focused on quality not quantity”, says Glenn Holm, director of the tourism bureau.
The island’s dive tourism, which started in the early 1980s, introduced diving enthusiasts to the wealth of Saba’s underwater world and by the end of 2015 the first an only freediving center on Saba started its operations. The Marine Park was established in 1987 with permanent moorings, regulations of use and maintenance and a strong conservation attitude. Saba’s Marine Park has received several honors and remains the only park of its kind in the world to be completely self-sufficient in its operation. The park is situated around the entire island and includes the waters and seabed from the high water mark down to a depth of 200 feet, as well as offshore seamounts. A zoning system is applied to get the best possible compromise between different uses of the marine environment
Saba is a dormant volcano that rises steeply from the ocean. Depths of a 1000 feet and over are found
within half a mile from shore. The nearshore environments present some very interesting and extremely varied diving experiences, while the offshore dives will leave you absolutely speechless.
Saba’s shallow reef and open-ocean pinnacles are protected by SABA Marine Park. Most sites are along Saba’s coast line, and none is more than a 15-minute boat ride from the marina at Fort Bay. The island’s moored freediving sites range from pristine offshore pinnacles to near-shore coral ridges, all encrusted with corals, sponges and sea fans and populated by turtles, stingrays, sharks and all kinds of bright tropicals. Standout dives include Diamond Rock, Eye of the Needle and Tent Wall.
-You can freedive Saba from our land-based operation. Morning hotel pick-ups and afternoon drop-offs are necessary-
A nominal per-dive marine park fee is factored into freedive packages.