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Diving on Saba

Saba plunges below the sea as steeply as it rises above. From shallow patch reefs to deep underwater seamounts, the Unspoiled Queen offers sites suitable for any diver’s level of experience.

Past volcanic activity created spectacular formations and structures such as underwater lava flows and hot springs. The reefs are populated with schools of tropical fish and healthy coral, while sheer, close-to-shore walls are covered with sponges of all sizes. Unusual and exciting sightings are always possible in Saba’s waters, including frequent shark encounters.

Saba offers year-round diving with seasonal differences in water temperature and surface conditions. The water temperature varies between 26C and 28C (77F-84F). Visibility ranges from a minimum of 20m (60ft) to virtually unlimited. Swells and heavy rainfall may influence visibility, but typically it clears again very quickly.

Due to the steepness of the coastal zone, shore diving is prohibited. All diving must be done with one of Saba’s licensed dive centers. Their expertise contributes to a safe, convenient and informative diving experience. Fortunately, Saba’s dramatic coastline naturally limits coastal development. The quality of the marine environment, resilient reef communities and rich and varied marine life continue to lure divers to Saba’s unspoiled waters.

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Caribbean Explorer II®, Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Diving Fleet

Explorer Ventures Fleet® has been providing diving on Saba's favorite sites since the marine park first opened in 1987. Their liveaboard vessel, Caribbean Explorer II, is a 115 ft (35m) yacht that is Green Fins sustainability-certified and is well known for its friendly atmosphere, lively crew, and mouthwatering meals.

It offers a 7-night/8-day itinerary between St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Kitts, providing stunning views of the islands from the sea. The package includes comfortable accommodation, meals, snacks, diving services, and up to 5 dives a day (up to 27 throughout the week).

Divers and non-divers can also embark on optional land tours, visiting natural and cultural landmarks, completing this exceptional itinerary. Caribbean Explorer II is an excellent choice for those seeking an immersive underwater experience in Saba. Learn more about Caribbean Explorer II here.

Snorkel trips in the Saba Marine Park

Sea Saba - $39.00

Join Sea Saba for an afternoon snorkel when the conditions permit. We confirm snorkeling conditions every morning, so contact us if interested. Snorkelers join the afternoon dive boat that departs at 1 PM. Price includes rental equipment and taxes. Price excludes $3.00 marine park fee.

The Saba Marine Park

The island’s dive tourism, which started in the early 1980s, introduced SCUBA enthusiasts to the wealth of Saba’s underwater world. Saba Marine Park was established in 1987 with permanent moorings, regulations of use and maintenance and a strong conservation attitude.

Saba’s marine park has received several honors and remains the only park of its kind in the world to be completely self-sufficient in its operation. The park is situated around the entire island and includes the waters and seabed from the highwater mark to a depth of 200 feet, as well as offshore seamounts. A zoning system is applied to get the best possible compromise between different uses of the marine environment.

Saba Marine Park Features

Saba is a dormant volcano that rises steeply from the ocean. Depths of 1,000 feet and more are found within a half-mile from shore. The nearshore environments present some very interesting and extremely varied diving experiences, while the offshore dives will leave you absolutely speechless.


Saba is blessed with an abundance of fish in the Marine Park. This is the result of restrictions on fishing, anchorage and extensive diver education as to the rules and regulations. One dramatic indication of this is a large number of Nassau Grouper (Graysbys, Hinds, Coneys) that can be seen on every dive. Ecological surveys have recorded over 150 species, all with healthy populations. Some of the most common pelagic fish include Horse-eye Jacks, Great Barracuda, Wahoo, Tarpon and 5 species of shark. Schooling fish include WrassesBlue TangsChromis and Surgeonfish.

On almost every dive, ParrotfishTriggerfishAngelfishSnapper and Grunts can be seen in abundance. In sandy areas, LizardfishSand DiversFlying Gurnards and Garden Eels predominate.

Corals and Sponges

True reefs are found at a few locations within the Marine Park. The vast majority of coral structures can be categorized as coral-encrusted boulders. These boulders are volcanic in origin and generally originate from the hillsides along the coast. Both hard and soft corals and sponges cover the boulders to such a degree that the rock is often not visible. The Pinnacles are coral-encrusted volcanic structures rising out of the seafloor 100m (330ft) below. GorgoniansSea FansBarrel Sponges and Chimney Sponges are abundant everywhere. Elkhorn Coral colonies can be found at sites east of the harbor.

Turtles and other critters

Due to the protection of their food sources within the Saba Marine Park, both Green and Hawksbill Turtles thrive around Saba. Provided that divers approach slowly, the turtles will continue to feed while having their picture taken. With restrictions on fishing, ConchSaba Lobster and a variety of crabs can commondly be observed on most dives.

If you’re lucky…

In addition to the creatures described above, you may be fortunate enough to spend time with some regular visitors to Saba. These include Hammerhead and Whale SharksManta and Spotted Eagle RaysLongsnout Seahorses and Frog Fish. During winter months, you can sometimes hear whales singing to each other or you may even see them breaching.

Dive Operators & Charters on Saba

Saba Dive Map

Click here to learn more about dive sites around the island on this interactive map from Sea Saba.

Diving Brochure: Diving Information

Marine Park Rules

While enjoying the beauty of Saba’s precious waters here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Take only pictures – leave only bubbles!
  • Listen to your dive leaders and dive THEIR plan
  • Don’t touch the coral, harass the wildlife or remove anything from the Marine Park
  • Ensure that you practice excellent buoyancy control
  • Don’t feed the fish or leave anything in the Marine Park
  • Gloves are not permitted except for holding the line at your 3-minute safety stop
  • When photographing, adjust all settings before framing the shot and ensure that you and your equipment do not contact the reef
  • The use of light sticks is not permitted as they may be ingested by marine life