Ventures Ltd. Liveaboard
PO Box 488
Mabank, TX 75147-0488
Liveaboard diving vacations for 16 to 18 passengers,
to Turks & Caicos, Saba, St. Kitts, St. Eustatius
and St. Maarten, and to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral
Sea from Cairns, Australia.
in Saba is clean and sparkling, the streets are clean,
the houses all look like they have been recently painted
with their white siding, red roofs and green shutters.
The smiles and friendliness you get from the locals
are genuine and on an island with only 1000 inhabitants
it is easy to make friends quickly. You'll find that
it takes less than a day for some of the residents to
greet you by name. Once our taxi driver stopped to pet
a cat sitting on a wall bordering the narrow street.
Saba's diving reputation comes from its pinnacle dives.
The Eye of the Needle, for example, starts at 90 feet
and goes down and down, supporting a profusion of sea
life both on and around it. Sharks, turtles and other
pelagics are drawn to the area like magnets. But even
the shallow dives are terrific. Green Island, between
20 and 35 feet has bright, colorful ledges and mini-walls,
at 50 feet, there are 3 healthy green and pink black
corals, 8' across.
Saba can be enjoyed from local charter boats or by liveaboard.
Expect visibility to reach 100 - 150 ft. in winter and
60 - 100 ft. in summer
Water temperatures from 77-84 F or 25-29 C.
All travel to Saba connects in St. Maarten, typically
Several major airlines from North America, Europe and
South America carry daily flights into St. Maarten (SXM).
Special charter flights area also available from major
cities during the winter season.
boat from St. Maarten
service from St. Maarten is available via Dawn
II is based in Fort Bay, Saba, traveling three times
a week to the heart of Philipsburg, Sint Maarten.
on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Departing Fort Bay, Saba at 7:00 am
Departing Dock Maarten at 5:00pm
Saba is an open port, there are certain entry and visa
requirements depending on the diplomatic relations with
the other countries. The nationals of all the countries
require passport or other official travel documents
valid for 3 months to visit Saba.
is required by all except the following:
Nationals of Belgium, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Chile,
Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Hungary,
Israel, Jamaica, Korea (Rep), Luxembourg, Malawi, Mauritius,
The Netherlands, Niger, The Philippines, Poland, San
Marino, Slovak Republic, Spain, Swaziland, Togo and
the UK for stays of up to 3 months for tourist purpose
Most travelers on their onward journey to some other
country within 24 hours by the same means of transportation
and not leaving the airport and holding tickets with
reserved seats and documents for their onward journey
of the following countries must apply for a visa before
entering the country even for tourist purposes:
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China
(PR) (except Hong Kong SAR), CIS, Colombia, Cote dIvoire,
Croatia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau,
Haiti, Kenya, Korea (DPR), Latvia, Libya, Lithuania,
Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic), Mali, Nigeria,
Romania, Serbia & Montenegro and Vietnam
of rest of the countries may enter without a Saba visa
for stays of up to 14 days for tourist purposes. All
stays can be extended locally by the same period that
they are valid for.
If you choose not to walk or hike, transportation, on
and around the island, is easy on the ten miles of concrete
roads, secured to the mountainside with hardy stone
walls. Taxi drivers in modern vans can be your guide
for your trip, or you can rent a car and explore on
on your own.
Saba is located just to the East of St. Croix and south
of St. Martin.
Language and Culture
Everyone speaks English, although Dutch is the official
Because of Saba's precipitous terrain, settling was
difficult and left for the hardy and the adventurous.
Having been under English, French, Spanish and Dutch
rule for many years, peace came with the Dutch Crown
in 1816. The cultures of the variety of settlers are
now uniquely blended into a hard-working people. Their
history of farming, fishing and seamanship account for
their keen knowledge of their nature. Many locals are
well traveled and well educated; conversations are easy
and interesting. The Saba museums house many artifacts
and photographs, which tell the stories of settling
this remote island with its dramatic landscape.
Airport and Taxes
You must pay a $5 departure tax when leaving Saba by
plane for either St. Maarten or St. Eustatius, or $22
when continuing on an international flight. (Note: when
flying home through St. Maarten from here, list yourself
as "in transit" and avoid repaying the tax
in St. Maarten, which is $20.) There's no departure
tax when you leave by boat.
Saba is a free port, there are no customs. A valid passport,
birth certificate or voter's registration is needed
to enter as well as a return or ongoing ticket. *
See Special Note
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.
Atlantic Standard (Eastern Standard + 1 hour).
US dollar, all major credit cards are accepted
US Standard, 110 volts
Hotels have direct dialling worldwide. Landsradio has
phone booths in The Bottom and Windwardside for calls
anywhere in the world.
Enter into any of the shops within the villages and
you'll find beautiful, delicate linen items with hand-drawn
threadwork designs. Artists find Saba a perfect inspiration
for their work. many watercolours, photographs, jewelry
and books are displayed in two art galleries.
Your shopping trip is not complete until you visit the
Windwardside's mini-mall. Its here you'll find take-home
souvenirs, tasty boutiques, dive shops, the tourist
office, an art gallery, two restaurant/bars, a supermarket
and a bank. The Mini Mall is where you'll pick up take
home memories of the beauty of Saba.
No trip to Saba would be complete without checking out
Saba lace is a unique needlecraft painstakingly created
by the industrious women in Saba. Saba lace, also known
as Spanish work has a special history . In the 1870's,
Mary Gertrude Hassell Johnson was sent by her parents
to study at a convent in Caracas, Venezuela. While she
was there, the nuns taught Miss Hassell to create the
intricate designs of this needlecraft. Miss Hassell
brought the craft back to Saba and in 1884, when regular
mail service first connected the island to the outside
world, the wives and daughters of Saba's seafaring men
turned the craft into a mail-order cottage industry.
How the Saba women marketed their needlework demonstrates
their ingenuity. As boxes of merchandise were sent from
the United States to Saba, the ladies would copy the
addresses of the American companies and then write them
a letter explaining their work and the prices. Often
a sympathetic person receiving the letter would post
it on the company bulletin board and ultimately the
lace makers would receive orders for their work. By
1928, the Sabans were exporting almost $15,000 worth
of needlework annually!
Now, more than a century later, the skill learned by
a young Saban girl, still provides a means of support
for many families on the island. Blouses, dresses, tablecloths
an napkins are only a few of the pieces the Saban women
create in a variety of colors.
Saba Lace is just one example of the unique beauty that
is Saba. We hope you enjoy owning and using your piece
of this special needlework.
Saba Lace is available at:
Saba Lace Boutique - Hell's Gate
Heritage Shoppe - Winwardside
Peggy's Boutique - Winwardside
Hellen's Notions & Fabrics - Winwardside
Artisan Foundation - Botom
Taxes and Tipping
The government room tax of 5% is automatically added
to your bill. A service charge of 10% or 15% will be
added to your bill. For taxis and guides, tip at your
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. Two branch banks are open on Saba.
RBTT Bank (Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago)
Opening Hours 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
First Caribbean International Bank
Opening Hours 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m
The A.M. Edwards Medical Center is located on Saba.
A resident doctor and registered nurses oversee this
medical facility. Saba also has the Saba Marine Park