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Saba

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The Basics

The best way to explore Saba is to either go high or go low. Hike through Saba’s Elfin Forest Reserve, named for its dreamy high altitude mist and fantastical mossy appearance, to reach the summit of the island’s highest volcanic peak, the aptly named Mount Scenery. Or dive into the dramatic underwater topography of underwater cliffs, mountains, abysses, and famous pinnacle dive sites where towers of volcanic rock rise to about 85 feet (26 meters).

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Recent reviews from experiences in Philipsburg

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Nice way to quickly see Saba. You...
Srinivasa S, Mar 2018
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Nice way to quickly see Saba. You have more than enough time to climb Mt Saba in the process.
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Amazing island
Daydream59711422808, Mar 2019
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
This was an amazing experience! We climbed Mt Scenary and touched the clouds! We then had a very good meal in the little village of Wynward. Will try to come back for sure !
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great trip ,saw dolphins following...
jos, Jul 2017
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
great trip ,saw dolphins following boat,roads are very steep and cars pass at scary rates,but views are stunning.
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Saba is a great change from busy St...
Kendrick N, Jan 2008
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Saba is a great change from busy St. Maarten. It's lush, low-key, and relatively empty.
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Although a shakey ride with 3-5mtr...
Ard, Dec 2011
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Although a shakey ride with 3-5mtr waves Saba was definitely worth while.
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Seeing Saba is worth the trip. It is...
Michael R, Sep 2007
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Seeing Saba is worth the trip. It is truly an unblemished pearl of an island and a must see.
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Unfortunately we chose to go on a...
Edward B, Aug 2017
Saba Day Trip from St Maarten
Unfortunately we chose to go on a day that started with 10 -12 foot swells so a few people got seasick on the way and a lot more on the way back. The Captain and crew were great , very competent and a good supply of cold drinks. The 90min trip was over 120 both ways but most likely due to the sea conditions. We had not booked a taxi tour but there were some at the pier to pick up people like us. The views were spectacular, with clouds streaming by you as you take pictures,. Great location if you like hiking and are fit enough to enjoy. The food was good and good selection. All in all a great day. I would mention that people can book a taxi tour or offer as part of this package - just makes it a little easier. The people of Saba were great had a lovely day.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Saba is a must-visit for adventure travelers and nature lovers.

  • Remember sun protection, swimwear, and water for hydration.

  • Travelers must have a valid passport upon check-in to take a tour.

  • The hikes may be strenuous; hikers should be relatively fit and wear appropriate shoes.

  • The Mt. Scenery Trail requires purchasing a badge for about $3, which is a donation for trail upkeep.

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How to Get There

Light planes from St. Maarten land at Saba’s small airport, but if the idea of landing on the world’s shortest international runway doesn’t appeal, opt for the easy ferry service connecting St. Maarten to Saba; crossing time is about 90 minutes.

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When to Get There

The best times to visit Saba are the shoulder seasons of spring and fall when cheaper rates are offered and rains less likely. The weather is pleasant year-round. Saba's Carnival takes place the last week in July and includes parades, steel bands, competitions, and food.

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Saba Lace

Pop into one of the many boutiques of Saba’s capital city, The Bottom, to find the island’s most precious commodity: handmade lace. In the late 19th century, Mary Gertrude Johnson learned the intricate craft at a Catholic convent in Venezuela before bringing it back to her island home. Today the women of Saba make beautiful needlework textiles in trademark Saba styles.

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