Saba has three dive shops - Saba Deep Dive Center, Saba Divers, and Sea Saba Dive Center. PADI, CMAS, TDI, and NAUI training agencies are represented; all the centers have nitrox and equipment rental. Saba's dive centers have highly experienced diving teams, with international instructors and very good safety records. The instructors are multilingual with the main languages being Dutch, English, German, and Spanish. There is a recompression chamber on the island, donated by the Dutch navy. Diving is 365 days of the year on Saba!
Saba Deep Dive Center is owner-operated by Tony and Cheri Waterfield, who hail from the US. They offer a personalized service with small dive groups and a flexible schedule that is based on three guided dives a day. PADI courses are available - "Big" Mike Austin is their extremely experienced instructor, as well as other international staff. They run two boats - the customized and very comfortable Jolly Mon (maximum of 8-10 divers); and Mystery, which is a smaller, faster boat that takes 6 divers. Snorkel trips and night diving can be arranged. Established in 1981, this was the first dive center on the island, and is located underneath "In Two Deep Bar & Restaurant".
Located at Fort Bay, is Saba Divers and Scout's Place Dive Hotel. This all-in-one dive resort and hotel is owner-operated by Wolfgang and Barbara Tooten from Germany. They offer free nitrox with package bookings, and the full range of PADI courses from beginner to divemaster. Blue Star and Big Blue are their two custom dive boats (32-34ft) that can take groups of up to 10-12 divers. Both boats have swim platforms and space for camera equipment. Guided diving, snorkelling trips, and night dives are available; the team at Saba Divers will go out of their way to make your dive vacation perfect.
Sea Saba is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort and National Geographic Center. They offer all PADI certification courses up to divemaster. The friendly team consists of experienced instructors from around the world, headed by UK/US owners John and Lynn. Sea Saba has two lovely, large 42ft customized dive boats - the M/V Giant Stride and M/V Sea Dragon - which depart with a maximum of 10 divers; leaving plenty of space on board for showers, swim platforms, and camera equipment. They have an unlimited nitrox package available and offer three guided dives a day, as well as night diving.
All flights to Saba's Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (SAB) connect through Sint Maarten (SXM). International flights arrive daily from North America, South America, and Europe. Winair makes over five flights a day from Sint Maarten to Saba. The commercial runway on Saba is famous for being the shortest in the world, measuring just 400m! Only specially trained pilots with small aircraft or helicopters may land. If that sounds a bit too exciting, then two ferries connect from Sint Maarten - the Dawn II and The Edge. Car rentals and taxis are available once arrived on Saba.
The staff at Buddy Dive Resort were really helpful! Augusto, the dive shop manager, made sure we got all the spots on the boat dives that we needed. The dive operation there is great, we loved the drive through for the tanks and the shore dives were amazing. The room was big and clean.
Good location to take check out dive on your equipment before really diving. Excellent location to night dive. Ladder or giant stride entry. It is used by Buddy Dive for scuba certifications. Sandy bottom shelf down to about 35',then out to wall. Wall drops down to about 95' plus. This is great location to check equipment and get buoyancy right before real diving.