Dive Trip Reports


My Best Turtle Pic of all time!This dive was extra-special. I know, I know, we already did a trip report on Core Gut, but that was a completely different deep, wall dive. The shallow dive has become one of my favorite dives after the experience we had today. We had some really great sightings – and some of Joel’s favorite pictures in all of our dives so far! In fact, he’s been itching for me to write this entry so that he can do a “show and tell” of his fabulous pics.
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Heather & Elkhorn CoralThis was an amazing day! The winds were particularly light, so we got to dive on the Windward side of the island. The weather was perfect and everyone was excited for a fantastic dive. A couple of things were different today – first of all, Garvis came to pick us up, instead of the usual pickup from Manny. We will write about Garvis in another post, as he is one of our favorite people in Saba! The other thing that was different is, Garvis picked us up first and we got to ride up to the Level, to pick up the last two couples. Typically, Joel and I are the last pickups because we are close to Sea Saba – where we stop to check in with owner, Lynn Costenaro, before going to Fort Bay.

I love this trip in the van for two reasons. The first is that we get to meet everyone we’re diving with on the way to the boat. We all get to find out where everyone is from, where we’ve gone diving before and what brought us to Saba. The second is the amazing views on the way down to Fort Bay. Even after two years of coming to Saba and four months of living here, the views still take my breath away. Don’t be surprised if people aren’t sure whether to look at you while they’re talking or gape at the ocean, spreading out from drastic drops of green.
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Pair of French AngelfishToday Sea Saba took us on a wall dive. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE wall dives. There’s something about being able to float along, looking at all of the amazing colors for what seems like miles up, miles down and miles across. When you look up, you can see the top of the wall and further, the sun coming down. As you float along, the soft coral waves back & forth, the wire coral juts out like underwater pipe-cleaners (look for the tiny shrimp that walk them) and surprises poke out from crevices in the coral, like spiny Caribbean lobster.

Rear Window
Did you ever see the movie, Rear Window, with Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly? Well, for all you landlubbers who’ve not experienced diving (like me, 2 short years ago!), it’s kind of like when Jimmy Stewart was looking across the way into the building outside his window. Everyone was doing their thing, setting up and living their lives on display for the other building to watch. That’s kinda-sorta like a wall dive, except we get to be up close and personal, watching the cycle of underwater life play out. And Joel wants me to tell the gamers, that it’s kinda-sorta like The Sims (yeah, whateva!). And of course, at the end of the dive, you can do your safety stop on top of the wall, staring at all the tiny creatures in the coral. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
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Melissa Delivers the BriefingAhhh, the famed Pinnacles – this group of dive sites make up Saba’s most popular deep dives. The pinnacles, created by feats of volcanic activity, are like mini-Sabas that rise high from unknown depths (Joel likes to call them mini Empire State buildings), but never made it above the sea (except for Diamond Rock – more on that later). This is where divers are wowed with the vibrant corals surrounding these underwater high-rise sculptures, alive with life. Today, we went to the Twilight Zone, made up of a series of rocky outcrops lying along parallel lines, running east to west. The mooring line is attached to one of the outcrops at 100 feet and the eastern, most shallow peak is at 80 feet.
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Author’s Note: This is one of the articles lost as a result of the recent hacking. Joel will be adding our dive pictures to all of our Sea Saba Dives later today — stay tuned!

Heather We had another great dive with Sea Saba today at Tedran Reef , a dive site in Tent Bay. Tedran Reef is formed by the ridge of Tent Reef and Tent Reef Wall — excellent nearby dive sites (more on these later). The name “Tent Bay” was created by fisherman from days gone by. Many boat captains came from Saba – and since they owned their own schooners, they came home periodically with packages for relatives and friends. It was these fisherman who named Tent Bay and if you go to the Sea Saba slide show at Brigadoon (every Monday night 5:30 pm), you will get to hear the story.
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Red Hind We had an excellent day of diving with our favorite Saba dive operation, Sea Saba. A little background, I am a newbie diver with just shy of 30 dives. Nevertheless, I do have my Advanced Open Water & Nitrox certifications, being a typical over-enthusiastic learner. Joel has over 100 dives and is a certified Dive Master. Tucked in the back of his mind is the option of becoming a scuba instructor.

What got us hooked on diving? I’ll be sharing our first dive experience with you as part of our “Why Do You Dive?” campaign & contest. In the meantime, I wanted to mention a few things that attracted us to diving in Saba.
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Sea Turtles Galore in Saba!We have exciting news — Joel & I are going on a dive extravaganza with Sea Saba over the next couple of weeks! You’ll get to see underwater pictures, meet the crew, some locals & visitors to Saba! We are also having a contest & giveaways for you – our online viewing audience! Read on for the details.
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