Things to do in Saba
The main activities on Saba are snorkeling and diving and hiking.
This tiny island in the Caribbean is a diver’s paradise with
many vibrant kinds of coral, steep drop-offs, a rich and varied marine
life and several wreck dives found here. However, the best part of
diving in Saba has to be the underwater pinnacles. These pinnacles
rise from the ocean floor to stop just under the surface of the water
and are home to many amazing corals and sponges and is the habitat
for a vast array of marine life including turtles, sharks and sting
rays. There are 26 dive sites in Saba.
To preserve Saba’s underwater beauty, the waters around this
island are protected by the Saba Marine Park that was created in
1987. The world’s only self-supporting marine park, the Saba
Marine Park charges a US$ 3 fee for every dive made, which is indeed
a small price to pay when you consider the pristine diving conditions
found here. The water temperatures are warm from December to July
and the underwater visibility here is also incredible.
One thing to note about diving in Saba is that there is no individual
diving here. All divers must register with the marine park office
and are required to dive through one of the three diving outfits
found on the island. There are, however, several tour companies
on Saba that can arrange dive tours for you, which include everything
from your airfare to room rates and meals.
If you are interested in snorkeling there are ample opportunities
in Saba, with the best being at Wall’s Bay and Torrens Point,
Ladder Bay also offers some good snorkeling, but is a bit difficult
to reach with its steep vertical descent.
Hiking is the second most popular activity on Saba with many of
the trials having existed for centuries. If you are interested in
hiking here remember to dress well and in layers with a good pair
of hiking boots, as the trails can get rather tough to navigate
in some places. The best trail to hike on Saba has to be to the
top of Mt Scenery, which offers some great views of the Saba and
her neighboring islands.
Another popular trail is the Sulphur Mine Track, where you can
trek past hot springs into an abandoned old mine. One of the easiest
trials on Saba is the Sandy Cruz Trail, which leads to Mary’s
All trails on the island are accessible to experienced hikers,
except the North Coast Trail where you will need the expertise of
a guide. It is a good idea to hire a guide if you are interested
in hiking on Saba as they can often show you things you might ordinarily
miss out on.