Considered one of the world’s best scuba-diving destinations by travel heavy-hitters such as Fodor’s, Frommers and About.com, the island of Saba is probably one you’ve never heard about. That’s exactly why she’s so great. Only 5 square miles with about 2,000 inhabitants, Saba is part of the Netherlands, but, although the language is officially Dutch, most people actually speak English. The story goes something like this… Columbus spotted the island, but stayed away due to her rocky shores.
There are also stories that the Arawak once swept through (or perhaps stayed awhile). Today, Saba is best known for not being known; unless you’re a super savvy scuba lover with a penchant for El Caribe. Spectacular diving (and a medical school home to American expats), it’s nestled between St. Maarten and St. Eustatius so a relatively easy jaunt. There’s a small airport with flights to and from the nearby islands of St. Maarten and St. Eustatius. There’s also a ferry service from St. Maarten that travel to Saba three times a week. Oh, and something else kinda cute… there’s one road. It’s called ‘The Road.’
So, for those who want to get some sweet ass scuba in, you must check out their protected marine park, which boasts 30 protected dives sites that range from gradual sloping reefs to dramatic walls, swim-throughs and its renowned offshore pinnacles. Last we also checked (but call the hotel for details), divers can do it deeper—and for less—with Queen’s Gardens Resort’s and SeaSaba’s Diving Saba package (highly recommended for diving duos, see Superior Suite description below.) The package includes a 5 night stay in a Superior Suite, a four-course gourmet dinner, three days of double tank diving, round-trip transport to the harbor on dive days, airport taxi transfers, scuba dive gear and daily continental breakfast.
Priced at @$2000, a Superior Suite at the Queen’s Gardens also happens to have a private Jacuzzi with an amazing view of the Caribbean. Of course, the living room, the separate master bedroom with the four-post king-size bed and the massage shower in the bathroom isn’t too shabby, either. Queen’s Gardens Resort was the winner of Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award for 2012
Let us know what you think. We’ll be jealous, but still galavanting around Savannah or skiing Stowe Mountain.