Saba the cliff
Trip Start Dec 24, 2009
30Trip End Jul 08, 2010
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We caught the 7am flight to Saba and flew in to the shortest commercial runway in the world. Not fun at 7 in the morning! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVdaFv6kbkw&feature=related) You don't need coffee to wake up when the pilot says "We will attempt to land..."
We went straight to the ecolodge to dump our rucksacks before meeting SeaSaba at another hotel pool for Discover Scuba. We met Dan and Lisa (also doing Discover Scuba) at the pool and went for lunch with them before finding out that the afternoon dive was cancelled because of a bad swell causing poor visibility. Instead we hiked around the island following some well cutback paths. Saba is a strange island - they have little interaction with sea (no beaches, it's one big cliff) and it comes across as a strong mix of Dutch colonial and American (American influence may just be because of the diving).
Tue 26th Jan
The dive was cancelled again which was very disappointing. We only had one more day and we mainly came to Saba for the reknowned diving. Instead we hiked up to the top of Mount Scenery. The weather was almost temperate and it's a very wet hilltop so there's lots of ferns. There were great views on the way up but the clouds were in when we got to the top. About 5pm we recovered enough to leave our hotel and walk down to Windwardside. There we had a few drinks and enjoyed ribs with Dan and Lisa at Swinging Doors. We rounded off the night with hot chocolate and baileys at Scout's Place.
Wed 27th Jan
YES! Finally got to dive. Sea Saba called to say it was on. Checked out of Ecolodge before heading out on the boat. Did a shallow dive (40ft) for about 30 minutes but we were a bit disappointed with the reef and fish life. Kind of a let down but then maybe we had been spoilt with the excellent snorkelling in the BVIs. After the dive we were bundled onto the minibus no time to shower before a very salty Dean and Liz caught the last flight out of Saba.... unlike the diving, the takeoff didn't disappoint. The wheels leave the ground 5 metres before the runway ends at a cliff. Who needs coffee? Landing in St Maarten we skipped straight over to Anguilla on the ferry, rented a car and met up with Gordon at about 8 at night. We finally got a shower and crashed for the night.
Saba = the strangest caribbean island, think dutch lake district.