Saba, Dutch Antilles
Saba is one of the smallest islands of the Dutch Antilles. It is a quiet, secluded island, which is actually an extinct volcano with no beaches or flat land. It is covered in lush foliage and under the sea, the volcanic walls continue a sheer drop to great depths, making for some of the most panoramic diving in the Caribbean.The famous Saba Marine Park is second to none.
There are four small villages on Saba, which are as quaint and charming as the gentle, friendly manner of the Saban people. The capital is named “The Bottom” which is Dutch for bowl shaped. It's also the official capital of Saba, a charming Dutch village of chimneys, gabled roofs, and gardens. Other villages worth visiting our Winwardside and Hell’s Gate.
Things to See & Do
* Scuba diving
* “The Bottom”
* Hell’s Gate
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
Language – Dutch
Land Area – 13 sq kms
Population – 2,500
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 1 - 599
Port Location – Most ships dock at St Maarten, in Great Bay, at the A.C. Wathey Pier in Point Blanche. A high-speed ferry is available to Saba from St. Maarten's Pelican Marina at Simpson Bay to Fort Bay on Saba; arriving in about an hour.
Transport Links – From Queen Juliana Airport on St. Maarten, you can take the 12-minute hop to Saba on Winair. There are at least five flights per day, depending on volume. Saba's Juancho Yrausquin Airport is one of the shortest landing strips in the world, stretching only 394m (1,292 ft.) along the aptly named Flat Point, one of the few level areas on the island.
Walking and hitchhiking are popular ways of getting around Saba. Taxis are available from the airport and rental cars can be arranged.